NCAA Men's Tennis ACCtion: Saturday, May 18
Saturday May 18, 2013
URBANA, Ill. - The Virginia men's tennis team reached the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive year and for the sixth time in the past seven years with a 4-0 victory over Tennessee in a quarterfinal match Saturday at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex. The Cavaliers (28-0) will meet Georgia in the semifinals on Monday, while the Volunteers end their season at 23-8.
"It was another good match today and I congratulate Tennessee on playing a good match too," said head coach Brian Boland. "It was back and forth there for a while. They made it tough on us early in the singles, but the guys stayed composed and kept working and things eventually shifted our way."
The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point for the 26th time in 28 matches this season. In a battle of two of the top four teams in the nation at No. 1, fourth-ranked Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) and Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) used a late break to capture a 9-7 win over top-ranked Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese. At No. 3, Justin Shane (Falls Church, Va.) and Julen Uriguen(Guatemala City. Guatemala) raced out to a 5-1 lead en route to an 8-4 victory over John Collins and Edward Jones to clinch the point.
URBANA, ILL. – The ninth-seeded Duke men’s tennis team had its run in the 2013 NCAA Div. 1 Men’s Tennis Championship cut short with a 4-0 loss to top-seeded UCLA in the quarterfinals Saturday afternoon at the Kahn Outdoor Tennis Center.
The Blue Devils conclude the 2013 season with a 25-6 record, matching the 1999, 2000 and 2012 squads for the second most wins in program history. Duke also made the program’s eighth appearance in the tournament quarterfinals and the second consecutive.
The Blue Devils dropped the doubles point for the second consecutive match and for the sixth time this season, as the Bruins picked up wins at positions one and three to take the crucial opening point. At the top spot, senior Henrique Cunha and sophomore Raphael Hemmeler, the No. 2 tandem in the nation, dropped the first four games of their match against the No. 42 pair of Dennis Novikov and Marcos Giron, before Cunha held serve, 4-1. The next two games saw the teams split breaks, as UCLA retained its two break lead. Cunha and Hemmeler pushed to close the gap to 7-6, before the Bruins held serve to preserve the 8-6 win. Cunha and Hemmeler end their streak of 16 consecutive matches won on the season, as they own a 36-4 ledger.