Sunday, February 15, 2015

Altamirano wins, but Virginia falls at Indoors

   Here's how loaded the University of Virginia men are: Top-ranked Thai-Son Kwiatkowski played No. 3 singles against Baylor on Saturday. And Collin Altamirano, a freshman from Sacramento who won the USTA 18 national title in 2013 and reached last year's final, played No. 4.
   Still, the third-ranked Cavaliers lost to No. 11 Baylor 4-3 in the quarterfinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Chicago. The Bears will take on No. 2 Oklahoma today, and No. 1 USC will meet No. 4 Georgia in the other semifinal.
   Virginia (6-1) will face No. 7 North Carolina in a consolation match. No. 13 Cal (6-2), which lost to No. 15 Columbia 4-3 in a consolation quarterfinal, will play No. 22 Penn State.
   Altamirano overwhelmed Diego Galeano 6-1, 6-2 but lost at No. 3 doubles with Mitchell Frank, 6-3. Kwiatkowski fell to No. 27 Tony Lupieri 6-4, 7-6 (10).
   Mate Zsiga gave Baylor the victory by defeating Alexander Ritschard 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 at No. 5.
   No. 10 Julian Lenz of Baylor humbled Frank, unranked only because he has been playing in professional instead of college tournaments, 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1. 
   Frank won two Futures tournaments last summer, beating former world No. 1 junior Yuki Bhambri for the title in Edwardsville, Ill. Bhambri was ranked No. 152 among the world's men at the time.
   In 2013, Frank clinched Virginia's only NCAA team title in men's tennis with a 0-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over UCLA's Adrien Puget at No. 3, saving a championship point. 
No. 11 Baylor 4, No. 3 Virginia 3
Doubles
   1. No. 37 Luca Corinteli and Ryan Shane (Virginia) vs. No. 40 Mate Zsiga and Tony Lupieri, 6-6, did not finish.
   2. Julian Lenz and Diego Galeano (Baylor) def. No. 41 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger, 7-6 (2). 
   3. Vince Schneider and Felipe Rios (Baylor) def. Collin Altamirano and Mitchell Frank, 6-3.
   Order of finish: 3, 2*.
   *Clinched the doubles point.
Singles
   1. No. 10 Julian Lenz (Baylor) def. Mitchell Frank, 6-2, 6-0.
   2. No. 4 Ryan Shane (Virginia) def. No. 67 Max Tchoutakian, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.
   3. No. 27 Tony Lupieri (Baylor) def. No. 1 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, 6-4, 7-6 (10).
   4. Collin Altamirano (Virginia) def. Diego Galeano, 6-1, 6-2.
   5. Mate Zsiga (Baylor) def. Alexander Ritschard, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
   6. J.C. Aragone (Virginia) def. Vince Schneider, 6-3, 6-4.
   Order of finish: 1, 4, 6, 2, 3, 5**.
   **Clinched the overall match.

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