After losing only one match through the first and second round of the NCAA Tournament, No.2 played Virginia men's tennis co-operation (24-4, 10-2 ACC) Charlottesville Super Regional vs. No. 12 Stanford (19-7, 5 -3 Pac-12) Saturday. The Cavaliers faced the Cardinals in their first match in the 2019 ITA Men's Team Indoor Championship in Chicago, where Virginia was victorious 4-2.
The teams started with double play at the Snyder Tennis Center with Virginia, which secured the double point thanks to strong performances from the No. 33 partnership of senior Henrik Wiersholm and freshman Brandon Nakashima as well as the partnership with sister Gianni Ross and freshman William Woodall.
But as a singles game started with the first set winner at No. 3 junior Carl Soderlund in the first position and No. 82 freshman Brandon Nakashima in second position, counted here Snyder Tennis Center and forced the two teams to move their matches to Boars Head Sports Club.
At the new location, Stanford was able to secure victories in number four and five positions thanks to senior Sameer Kumar and sophomore Timothy Sah, who Virginia was 2-1 down to the fighting cardinals.
A straight-set winner of senior captain Aswin Lizen in number six position tied the two teams back to two, but matches in number one and number two positions both led to crucial third set.
In the second position, Nakashima was confronted with No 63 Freshman Alexandre Rotsaert in a close match between two rising stars for the two teams. However, Nakashima showed poise and became victorious in the third and final set, 6-3, which put the Cavaliers up 3-2.
At the same time, Soderlund, who faced No. 13 Swedish Axel Geller, found himself losing a 5-0 lead against Geller in the second set. Soderlund refocused in the third set and defeated Geller with a convincing 6-1 victory in the final to send Cavaliers to Elite Eight for the 14th time in the last 15 years.
Virginia now plays No. 4 Wake Forest (32-3, 12-0, ACC) in Elite Eight – a team like Cavaliers went 1-2 against this last season. The latest battle between the two heavyweights resulted in a 4-2 victory for the Demon Deacons in the ACC Championship. The match is scheduled for dinner Thursday at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla.