Saturday, May 20, 2017

Altamirano helps Virginia men reach NCAA semis

   The No. 2-seeded Virginia men, seeking their third consecutive title in Brian Boland's final season as the coach, beat No. 10 Texas 4-1 today in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga.
   Collin Altamirano, a junior from Sacramento, won both of his matches for the Cavaliers (32-1). He and J.C. Aragone defeated Yuya Ito and Harrison Scott 6-2 on Court 3 to help Virginia win the doubles point. Altamirano, ranked 40th in singles, then demolished George Goldhoff 6-1, 6-0 on Court 4.
   Four years ago, Altamirano became the first unseeded player to win the USTA Boys 18 National Championships in the tournament's 71-year history. In the final, he defeated Jared Donaldson, now a professional ranked 71st in the world.
   Boland announced in March that he will leave after this season, his 16th as Virginia's head coach, to become the USTA head of men's player development.
   Virginia will play No. 3 seed Ohio State (33-3) on Monday at 9 a.m. PDT. The Buckeyes edged No. 6 Texas Christian 4-3.
   In Monday's other semifinal, No. 9 North Carolina (28-4) will play No. 13 and host Georgia (22-7). The Tar Heels upset No. 1 Wake Forest 4-2, and the Bulldogs surprised No. 5 UCLA 4-2.
   The Bruins' Logan Staggs, a junior from Tracy, led 59th-ranked Emil Reinberg 7-6 (3), 5-6 on Court 3 when the match was abandoned. Staggs did not play doubles.
   The women's quarterfinals are scheduled for Sunday. Stanford (24-2), the No. 7 seed and defending champion, will take on No. 2 North Carolina (33-2) at 7 a.m.
   Video streaming and live scoring of the tournament are available here.

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