No. 7 Virginia runs ACC win streak to 110 matches, beats North Carolina
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Virginia recorded its highest-ranked road win of the season, blanking No. 6 North Carolina 7-0 on Friday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. The Cavaliers improve to 11-2 overall and 3-0 in the conference with the win, while snapping the Tar Heels' (15-3, 2-1 ACC) four-match win streak.
The Cavaliers mixed up their doubles teams and the move paid off as they won the opening point. Mitchell Frank and Alex Domijan topped Oystein Steiro and Nelson Vick 8-5 at the No. 2 position. The Tar Heels drew even with a win at No. 1 where Brett Clark and Brayden Schnur downed Luca Corinteli and Mac Styslinger 8-4. The opening point came down to a tiebreaker at No. 3 doubles where Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Justin Shane edged Ronnie Schneider and Jack Murray 8-7(4) to give Virginia a 1-0 lead in the match.
Virginia carried its momentum into singles, winning five of the six first sets to take control of the match. The Cavaliers won four of those matches in straight sets to clinch the victory. Domijan posted a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 2 versus Schnur, followed by Kwiatkowski's 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 4 against Esben Hess-Olesen. Frank downed Schneider 7-5, 6-1 at No. 1 and J.C. Aragone added a 7-5, 6-4 win at No. 6 against Murray to make the score 5-0.
The Cavaliers won both matches that went three sets to complete the shutout with both Shane brothers notching wins. Justin Shane topped Steiro 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 at No. 5 and Ryan Shane rallied for a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 3 against Clark.
Virginia extended its win streak against ACC competition (regular season and postseason) to 110 matches with the victory.