The No. 10 Texas Longhorns fell short of the NCAA final four in men’s tennis as they dropped their quarterfinal match with No. 2 Virginia 4-1 Saturday in Athens, Ga.
Christian Sigsgaard took the only victory for Texas as he won in straight sets over Alexander Ritschard. The 7-5, 6-3 win was another against a top-100 opponent for the Big 12 freshman of the year and made it 3-1.
“I’m proud of the team,” UT head coach Michael Center said. “We were fighting and hanging in there, but Virginia is awfully good. I have to give Virginia credit because they were just too good today.”
George Goldhoff and Leonardo Telles took a doubles win, but Virginia claimed the doubles point with two wins.
Goldhoff fell 6-1, 6-0 to Collin Altamirano to make it 2-0 in favor of Virginia.
Carl Soderlund topped Yuya Ito 6-2, 6-1 to put Virginia one win away from clinching the match.
After Sigsgaard’s win, J.C. Aragone closed out the match with a 6-2, 7-6 (3) win over Telles at fifth singles. Telles held a 4-1 lead in the second set, but Aragone forced a tiebreaker and eventually took the match.
Sigsgaard, Harrison Scott and Ito will compete in the NCAA Championship singles draw starting May 24.
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