The No. 4 Virginia men’s tennis team defeated rival Virginia Tech 6-1 on the indoor courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. In doubles, Cavalier (16-2, 10-0 ACC) freshmen Iñaki Montes de la Torre and Jeffrey von der Schulenburg defeated Hokie (9-7, 5-5 ACC) seniors Ryan Kros and Carlo Donato 6-2 to start off the match.
Virginia Tech responded with its own 6-2 win as sophomore Jordan Chrysostom and freshman Ryan Fishback defeated graduate student Carl Söderlund and junior William Woodall 6-2. The match on court two decided the doubles point as Virginia junior Ryan Goetz and freshman Chris Rodesch — the ACC Singles Player of the Week — earned a 6-4 victory against graduate students Alex Ribeiro and Mitch Harper.
In singles, Montes gave the Cavaliers a 2-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-2 victory on court four. The Hokies responded with Fishback defeating Goetz 6-2, 6-2.
Söderlund gave Virginia a 3-1 lead on the top court, winning in straight sets 6-3, 6-3, while senior Gianni Ross won 6-2, 6-4 against freshman Alvaro Ariza on his Senior Day to give the Cavaliers a 4-1 advantage over the Hokies and seal the 10th straight win for Virginia.
Schulenburg won a third-set super-tiebreaker 10-4 to take his court 7-5, 3-6, 1-0, while Rodesch finished things off with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win on court three to make it a 6-1 final score.
It was a bittersweet win for the Cavaliers as this was the final home match of the regular season for eight student-athletes who were honored in a pre-match Senior Day ceremony — Ammar Alhaqbani, Spencer Bozsik, Jefferson Dockter, Matthew Lord, Ethan Moszkowski, Jerome Romuladez, Ross and Söderlund.
“Our seniors have been invaluable to this program,” Coach Andres Pedroso said. “They were the first class that I got to coach as a head coach … they were there for my mistakes ... and they were there for each other through building this program. I can't say enough great things about this class.”
Virginia leaves its new facility at Boar’s Head a perfect 10-0 and remains undefeated in the ACC. With plenty of momentum, the Cavaliers will look towards earning the ACC crown as the division tournament is set for the end of the month.
Virginia now has two road matches remaining on the schedule, playing at No. 42 Notre Dame April 16 and at Louisville April 18 before heading to Rome, Ga. for the ACC Championships April 21 through April 25.