ORLANDO, Fla. – Four members of the Virginia men’s tennis team earned invitations to compete in the NCAA Individuals Championships, being held May 22-27 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida.
Junior Chris Rodesch (Angelsberg, Luxembourg) is a 9-16 seed in the singles championship. Juniors Iñaki Montes (Pamplona, Spain) and Jeffrey von der Schulenburg (Zurich, Switzerland) also earned at-large bids into the singles championship.
Montes and grad student Ryan Goetz (Greenlawn, N.Y.) earned the Atlantic Coast Conference’s automatic qualification into the doubles championship as the top-ranked team in the ACC. They are a 5-8 seed.
Monday, May 22
In another day hampered by weather, the singles matches suffered long delays with Rodesch finishing his match after 1 a.m. on Tuesday morning on the outdoor courts. Both von der Schulenburg and Montes had their matches moved indoors with start times pushed back by five hours.
Von der Schulenburg faced No. 22 JJ Tracy in the first round, playing the Buckeye for the second day in a row. Von der Schulenburg won 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the second round. Rodesch opened with No. 39 Peter Makk of USC, winning 7-6 (4), 6-2. Montes was edged 6-3, 7-6 (1) by No. 42 Murphy Cassone of ASU.
Tuesday, May 23
Von der Schulenburg will take on the tournament’s top seed, Eliot Spizzirri of Texas at 2 p.m. Rodesch will face No. 59 Joshua Lapadat of Kentucky at 3 p.m.
Montes and Goetz open doubles play against No. 23 Arthur Fery and Nishesh Basavareddy of Stanford at 6:30 p.m.
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