Four Ivies to Compete in NCAA Men's Tennis Individual Championships
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 1:52
It was the fourth time Virginia (34-1) beat the Tar Heels this season and sends coach Brian Boland out a victor. "She texted me and said, 'I know I'm not there right now but I'm cheering you on and we're Boyden strong.' It meant a lot, and I just kept saying it throughout the whole set".
The Bulldogs last singles participant was Rishab Agarwal last season, who advanced to the second round of play in Tulsa, Okla. MSU's highest finish in the singles bracket has been the quarterfinals, with three appearances by Thomas Dupre (1998), Joc Simmons (1994), and Laurent Orsini (1994).
He is now the 39th-ranked singles player in the country and a part of the sixth-ranked doubles pairing with fellow senior Mike Redlicki. After splitting on Courts 1 and 3, the point came down to a battle on Court 2 between UNC's Jack Murray and Simon Soendergaard and Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Alexander Ritsechard. Tuesday following a rain delay to take home the national championship for the third consecutive year. They own five wins against current Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) doubles top 10. Aragone went on to defeat Murray 7-6 (2), 6-2 to secure the victory for the Cavaliers. The two also gave Duke an early 1-0 lead against Florida State with a 6-4 win against No. 71 Dougaz and Guy Iradukunda, marking the pair's first doubles win versus a ranked duo. With only four courts in the facility, court five and six singles were played after the first two singles matches were completed.
"J.C. Aragone is the biggest warrior I've ever coached", Boland said.
The Tar Heels cut UVa's margin to 3-2, setting up the final drama. He's leaving Charlottesville to become the head of men's tennis for USTA Player Development. In doubles, a 10-point match tiebreaker will be played in lieu of a third set. Senior Kana Daniel of the University of Pennsylvania's women's tennis team will take on Aldila Sutjiadi of the University of Kentucky in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Championships on Wednesday at 9 a.m.at the University of Georgia.