In action that took place on the court, as opposed to in court, #4 Texas improved to 15-1 after defeating Rice 5-2. The Horns took the doubles point and added straight set wins at 2, 3, 4, and 5 while Rice won in straights at 1 and 6. Texas will have to put all the distractions surrounding its head coach in the background and get focused for its match against #1 Ohio State on Thursday.
Ohio State will be without JJ Wolf for the match against Texas after Wolf defeated Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVA '17) 6-1, 6-2 on Tuesday night at the Drummondville Challenger. The Buckeye junior only needed 52 minutes to get the win - his next match will be on Thursday against the No. 2 seed Yannick Maden (Clemson '13)
#3 Virginia and #33 UCF played a very competitive match at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona. Virginia jumped out to the early 1-0 lead after claiming the doubles point with a 6-2 win at No. 2 and a 6-1 win at No. 1. Each team won three opening sets in singles but only one match would finish in straight sets with UCF's Manoel Alencar winning 6-1, 6-4 at No. 6.
Virginia junior Carl Soderlund put the Cavs back in front with a 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 2. Soderlund fought off three break points in his final service game to close it out.
Virginia sophomore Gianni Ross made it 3-1 with a 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 win at No. 4 and senior Henrik Wiersholm would clinch with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win at No. 3. The other two matches were halted with Virginia up breaks on both courts.
“We competed well,” said UCF Director of Tennis John Roddick, “We started a little slow in doubles. Singles we did well, we came out and played hard, won a lot of first sets and got into some third sets. We competed great, we just came up a little short. They’re one of the best teams in the country. We’re proud of the way we’re playing, we’ve just got to get over the hump. We’ve had a tough schedule, but good things are happening and we’re playing at a much higher level.”
#4 Virginia 4, #49 UCF 1
Mar 12, 2019 at Orlando, Fla (USTA National Campus)
1. #18 Gabriel Decamps (UCF) vs. #50 Brandon Nakashima (VA) 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 4-5, unfinished
2. #15 Carl Soderlund (VA) def. #122 Alan Rubio (UCF) 2-6, 6-0, 6-3
3. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Bogdan Pavel (UCF) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
4. #96 Gianni Ross (VA) def. Trey Hilderbrand (UCF) 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 7-5
5. Juan Pablo Mazzuchi (UCF) vs. Aswin Lizen (VA) 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 2-3, unfinished
6. Manoel Alencar (UCF) def. William Woodall (VA) 6-1, 6-4
1. Bogdan Pavel/Trey Hilderbrand (UCF) vs. Carl Soderlund/William Woodall (VA) 4-4, unfinished
2. #71 Brandon Nakashima/Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. Gabriel Decamps/Juan Pablo Mazzuchi (UCF) 6-2
3. Gianni Ross/Aswin Lizen (VA) def. Alan Rubio/Mikhail Sokolovskiy (UCF) 6-1
Virginia 10-2; National ranking #4
UCF 8-6; National ranking #49
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,2,4,3)
Official: D. Childs
Other Tuesday Results
- (M) Wichita State def. Memphis 4-3 - Marius Frosa won the deciding match at No. 3 singles 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(4)
- (M) Miami FL def. UNC Wilmington 5-1 - Canes took dubs and won a pair of matches in straight sets with the rest going three sets