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No. 4 men’s tennis rolls past Boston College 7-0 in ACC opener

The Cavaliers swept the Eagles with strong performances across all courts

<p>Freshman Alexander Kiefer was a top 10 recruit for Virginia. Kiefer has continued to prove his value throughout the season, including today against Boston College when he won all of the matches he played.</p>

Freshman Alexander Kiefer was a top 10 recruit for Virginia. Kiefer has continued to prove his value throughout the season, including today against Boston College when he won all of the matches he played.

Virginia kicked off ACC play with a dominant win over Boston College Friday at the Weymouth Club in Weymouth, Mass. The Cavaliers (7-2, 1-0 ACC) captured the doubles point easily before sweeping the singles matches, handing the Eagles (0-1, 0-1 ACC) a loss in their season opener. 

The Cavaliers made quick work of the doubles matches, winning the doubles point convincingly. On the No. 3 doubles court, freshman Alexander Kiefer and senior Matthew Lord defeated freshman Bennett Turner and senior Max Mendelsohn 6-1 to begin the scoring for the Cavaliers. 

The pairing of freshmen Iñaki Montes de la Torre and Jeffrey von der Schulenburg topped freshman Shreekar Eedara and sophomore Mason Fung by a score of 6-2, securing the doubles point for Virginia. After their success at the ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championship last weekend, Montes and von der Schulenburg were named to the All-Tournament Team at No. 3 doubles.

In the singles matches, Virginia's success continued. Every Cavalier won their singles matches in dominant straight set performances. First to finish was Kiefer, who beat Turner 6-1 in both sets. Playing on the No. 1 singles court for the first time this season, No. 106 von der Schulenburg easily defeated Mendelsohn 6-2 in the first set and 6-0 in the second set. Von der Schulenburg is now 8-1 in singles matches on the season, dropping his first match of the season last weekend at ITA Indoors.

On the No. 5 singles court, senior Gianni Ross topped Fung 6-0, 6-2, clinching the victory for Virginia with a score of 4-0. The remainder of the singles matches were played out. Junior Ryan Goetz defeated Eedara by a score of 6-1 in both sets on the No. 4 singles court, and Montes beat senior Sean Mullins 6-2, 6-2 on the No. 2 singles court.

Freshman Chris Rodesch wrapped up the sweep with a 6-2, 6-2 win over sophomore Max Motlagh to give the Cavaliers a 7-0 victory to kick off ACC play. Virginia now boasts an all-time 20-0 record against Boston College.

Next up for the Cavaliers are two ACC matches on the road. Virginia travels first to Raleigh, N.C. Feb. 26 to face No. 17 NC State. The Cavaliers will then head down to Winston-Salem, N.C. Feb. 28 to battle No. 13 Wake Forest for the second time this season. In their first matchup just weeks ago, the Cavaliers defeated the Demon Deacons 5-2 in Charlottesville. Virginia will look to continue its strong start to the season heading into two tough conference match-ups.

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