Virginia edges Wake Forest to win 12th ACC title

Virginia edges Wake Forest to win 12th ACC title

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The No. 3 Virginia men’s tennis team captured the ACC Tournament title on Sunday with a thrilling 4-3 victory over No. 1 Wake Forest in Rome, Georgia.

Senior J.C. Aragone capped the Cavaliers’ victory on Court 5 by defeating Christian Seraphim, 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-3.

Virginia, the reigning NCAA champion, snagged the doubles point for the early lead. Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Alexander Ritschard earned a 6-3 victory on Court 2 over Alan Gadjiev and Borna Gojo. Collin Altamirano and Aragone then clinched the crucial point for Virginia by defeating Petros Chrysochos and Dennis Uspensky, 6-4 on Court 3.

No. 4 Chrysochos evened the score for the Deacons in singles play, earning a straight set victory over Ritshard, 6-2, 6-4. It wasn’t long before Virginia regained the lead thanks to No. 15 Kwiatkowski’s 6-4, 6-4 win over Borna Gojo at No. 2 singles.

No.13 Skander Mansouri tied the match for Wake, coming back to win the last two sets, 6-3, 6-2, after dropping the first 4-6 to freshman Carl Soderlund on Court 3, setting the stage for Aragone’s heroics.

Aragone’s match-clinching performance earned him Most Valuable Player honors. It was the second time he earned the honor after garnering the accolade during his sophomore season.

“The whole time I felt like it was going to come down to me and I kept telling myself, ‘Keep fighting. Keep fighting.’ [Seraphim] is a really tough guy to break. He’s amazing and I just had to keep my head down and keep serving,” Aragone said. “I was just trying everything in my power to leave it all out there and come out on top.”

The win marks Virginia’s 12th conference title and Boland has been at the helm for each of them. It also marked Boland’s last ACC championship with Virginia. He is set to become USTA Player Development’s head of men’s tennis after the completion of the 2017 season.

Virginia receives the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The complete NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in a live-streaming selection show on NCAA Regionals begin on Friday, May 12 at host sites. The NCAA Round of 16 begins on Thursday, May 18 in Athens, Georgia.

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