College tennis: Virginia men's tennis wins third-consecutive NCAA championship
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 16:20
Carolina had closed the gap to 3-2 before Aragone and teammate Henrik Wiersholm (No. 6 singles) could even take the court. Alexander Ritschard made quick work on court one to give Virginia a 2-0 lead, but Thai-Son Kwiatkowski lost his singles match to let the Tar Heels climb within striking distance. "They are a great team, and we wish them the best". They deserve everything they get. "We've played really well in our top three spots this year".
The Cavaliers would then do just that, as J.C. Aragone put the finishing touches on a 7-6, 6-2 victory over Murray-ruining UNC's dreams just as they had a real shot at becoming reality.
Singles: Gabriela Talaba, Texas Tech, led Francesca Di Lorenzo, 6-4, 2-4, match not completed; Anna Sanford, Ohio State, def. Felicity Maltby, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4; Alex Valenstein, Texas Tech, led Gabriella De Santis, 7-6 (7-2), 0-2, match not completed; Miho Kowase, Ohio State, def. Sabrina Federici, 6-4, 6-1; Sarah Dvorak, Texas Tech, led Sandy Niehaus, 6-3, 5-5, match not completed; Ferny Angeles Paz, Ohio State, def. Katelyn Jackson, 6-2, 6-2.
Also winning singles points for the Cavaliers were Alexander Ritschard at No. 1 and Collin Altamirano at No. 4. "He kept plugging away and was so resilient". Boland is a two-time ITA National Coach of the Year who has, in his 16 seasons with Virginia, amassed a 453-58 record, won four NCAA Championships, six ITA National Team Indoor titles, 12 ACC Championships and led his team to a No. 1 ranking in 10 seasons. It was played outside, but was not finished by press time. "I always call J.C. Aragone the biggest warrior that I have ever coached and when he was one of the last matches on I was pretty comfortable".
Boland now will head to Florida to direct U.S. Tennis Association men's player development, and athletic director Craig Littlepage is in Athens talking to potential candidates to replace him.