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Virginia Men’s Tennis | No. 1 Virginia Wins 4-3 at No. 3 Texas

Virginia Men's Tennis | No. 1 Virginia Wins 4-3 at No. 3 Texas

AUSTIN, Texas  –  The No. 1 Virginia men’s tennis team (3-0) picked up a 4-3 victory against No. 3 Texas (2-1) on Thursday (Jan. 18) on the outdoor courts of the Texas Tennis Center in Austin, Texas, in a rematch of last year’s NCAA Semifinal.

Senior Alexander Kiefer won the clinching point for the Cavaliers.

In doubles, Texas won on the top court, but Virginia won at two to even the point. Court three was tied 5-5 before freshman Dylan Dietrich and Kiefer picked up a break to go ahead 6-5. They held serve to win 7-5 and secured the point for the Cavaliers.

The Longhorns tied the match with a quick win on singles court four.

Senior Chris Rodesch put the Cavaliers back in the lead by taking down the nation’s top-ranked singles player, Eliot Spizzirri, 6-3, 6-3. Micah Braswell, who is ranked No. 2 in the ITA singles rankings, picked up a win on court two to retie the match.

Sophomore Måns Dahlberg put the Cavaliers back in the lead with a 6-3, 6-3 win against No. 28 Jonah Braswell on court six. Dietrich was edged in a second-set tiebreaker 8-6 by Gilles-Arnaud Bailly on court three, which knotted the match 3-3.

Kiefer faced Siem Woldeab on court five. The two deadlocked 6-6 in the first set, with Kiefer taking the tiebreaker 7-5. Woldeab took the second set 6-2, but Kiefer won the decider 6-2 to clinch the victory for the Cavaliers.


“Congrats to Texas for a really hard fought match. This match could have gone either way but our guys just hung tough and found a way to win a few more points. The goal is always to fight until the end like the close, united team that we are. That’s what our Wahoos did tonight. We will enjoy this one tonight and get back to work tomorrow in Cville.”


  • The Cavaliers have won their last 25 dual matches
  • Virginia has not lost an outdoor match since falling in the 2021 NCAA Round of 16 against USC on May 17 of that year
  • The Cavaliers topped the Longhorns 4-1 last year in the NCAA Semifinals
  • Texas was the No. 1 seed in last year’s NCAA Championship field. Virginia was the No. 5 seed
  • Chris Rodesch’s win against Eliot Spizzirri was his first victory against a player ranked No. 1. Previously, his highest-ranked victory was against 2 Antoine Cornut-Chauvinc of Florida State last year
  • Spizzirri was the 2023 ITA National Player of the Year
  • Måns Dahlberg’s win against No. 28 Jonah Braswell is the highest-ranked win of his career. This was his first time facing a…

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