Men’s Tennis: Virginia moves on to Sweet 16 after blanking VCU, 4-0

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The Virginia men’s tennis team advanced to the Round of 16 of the 2024 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship with a 4-0 victory against VCU on Saturday on the indoor courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.

Virginia (24-5) won the doubles point and took singles courts one, four and six in straight sets.

The Cavaliers will host South Carolina (19-14) in a Super Regional next Friday at the Virginia Tennis Facility at 4 p.m.

The match started with a tight doubles point. Senior Iñaki Montes and grad student James Hopper picked up a 6-4 win on the top court while VCU (16-10) took court two, 6-4. Court three came down to a tiebreaker with freshman Dylan Dietrich and senior Alex Kiefer winning 8-6 to take the point.

Hopper’s doubles victory was the 150th in his collegiate career.

In singles, senior Jeffrey von der Schulenburg cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 on court four to put UVA up 2-0. The rest of the courts were much tighter with two going to tiebreakers to decide first sets.

Senior Chris Rodesch won his first set 7-5 against Mathis Bondaz on the top court before taking the second 6-2 to put the Cavaliers ahead 3-0. Sophomore Måns Dahlberg closed out a 6-3, 6-1 win on court six to clinch the match.

Freshman Dylan Dietrich trailed 5-0 in his first set against Oscar Pinto Sansano on court three, but won six straight games to go up 6-5, before Pinto Sansano tied it up at 6-6. Dietrich won the breaker 7-5 to take the first set. The two were tied 1-1 in the second when play was abandoned.

Montes also won his first set in a tiebreaker, going up 6-0, before closing out a 7-2 win against Matisse Bobichon. Montes was up 1-0 in the second set when the match ended.


“Congrats to VCU on a great season. They’re always tough to compete against and they’re always scrappy and gritty. I have a lot of respect for that program. And they gave us all we can handle in doubles. I am really proud of Dylan Dietrich and Alex Kiefer for pulling that out. That gave us some momentum. And guys rode that momentum and finished strong at the end in singles.”


  • The Cavaliers have advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 in 18 of the last 19 championships
  • Virginia is the No. 3 seed in the championship but is ranked No. 2 in the latest ITA team rankings
  • James Hopper went 128-13 in his four seasons at NCAA III Case Western Reserve and is 22-13 this season in doubles for the Cavaliers
  • VCU is No. 40 in the ITA Team Rankings
  • Virginia is 19-11 all-time against VCU and has won the last 10 meetings. The Rams’ last win against UVA was in 2000


1. #3 Chris Rodesch (VA) def. #57 Mathis Bondaz (VCU) 7-5, 6-2
2. #33 Iñaki Montes (VA) vs. #120 Matisse Bobichon (VCU) 7-6 (2), 1-0, unfinished
3. #52 Dylan Dietrich (VA) vs. Oscar Pinto Sansano (VCU) 7-6 (5), 1-1, unfinished
4. #61 Jeffrey von der Schulenburg (VA) def. Romain Gales (VCU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Alexander Kiefer (VA) vs. Hamza El Amine (VCU) 3-6, 4-1, unfinished
6. Måns Dahlberg (VA) def. German Samofalov (VCU) 6-3, 6-1

1. #5 Iñaki Montes/James Hopper (VA) def. #47 German Samofalov/Oscar Pinto Sansano (VCU) 6-4
2. Matisse Bobichon/Hamza El Amine (VCU) def. Chris Rodesch/Jeffrey von der Schulenburg (VA) 6-4
3. Dylan Dietrich/Alexander Kiefer (VA) def. Romain Gales/Mathis Bondaz (VCU) 7-6 (8-6)
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,1,6)