Men’s tennis stalled in third round of ACC tournament

Cavaliers wins second round matchup against Louisville, but loses to No.1 Wake Forest

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Freshman Matthew Lord picked up Virginia's sole point on court five in the 4-1 loss to No.1 Wake Forest. 

Olivia Phillips | Cavalier Daily

The Virginia men’s tennis program won a convincing 4-1 victory over Louisville in the ACC tournament this weekend, but fell to No. 1 Wake Forest Virginia (13-12, 5-7 ACC) was seeded No. 9 in the tournament, while Louisville (15-11, 5-7 ACC)  was seeded No. 8.

This was the second matchup between Virginia and Louisville this season, with Louisville winning a matchup 6-1 at home in March. However, Virginia’s young team has improved greatly from the experience received from two months of tough matches in conference. Virginia’s freshman core shined bright on Thursday and won three matches out of four in singles between them. The fourth match, between Virginia freshma Kyrylo Tsygura and Louisville senior Nicolas Rouanet, went unfinished, but Tsygura won the first set. Domination in singles did not translate to doubles, which Louisville took in a 2-1 decision. The doubles point has been elusive this season for Virginia, but was overshadowed on Thursday by a wave of singles victories.

Virginia’s success against Louisville did not translate to Friday’s match against No.1 Wake Forest (25-2, 11-1 ACC) in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament. The Demon Deacons quickly took the doubles point with a set of 6-2 victories on courts No. 2 and No. 3. While freshman Matthew Lord was able to win on court No. 5 in singles, none of Virginia’s other players could replicate his success.

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