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Virginia, Notre Dame, Duke and North Carolina advance
CARY, N.C. (theACC.com) – The semifinalist field for the 2014 ACC Men’s Tennis Championship in Cary, N.C. is set, as Virginia, Notre Dame, Duke and North Carolina will compete for a chance to play in the ACC Championship match.
No. 1 Virginia, which is in search of its eighth consecutive ACC Championship, will take on No. 4 Notre Dame at 11 a.m., while No. 2 Duke will be pitted against No. 3 North Carolina at 2 p.m.
The Cavaliers earned a berth to the semifinals by knocking off No. 8 Florida State, 4-0. Virginia quickly grabbed the doubles point against the Seminoles before notching straight-set victories at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5 singles. Ryan Shane earned the clinching point for the Cavaliers.
Notre Dame, competing in its first ACC Championship, registered its first ACC Championship win against No. 5 Clemson, 4-2. The Tigers struck first in the match by earning the doubles point. Despite the deficit, the Fighting Irish rebounded with four straight-set wins in singles play.
Duke advanced to the semifinals by defeating No. 7 Virginia Tech, 4-3, in thrilling fashion. Duke captured the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. The Blue Devils were able to overcome deficits of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 on the way to victory. Bruno Semenzato earned the clinching win in a third-set tiebreak.
North Carolina capped the men’s quarterfinal action, as it defeated in-state rival NC State, 4-0. The Tar Heels were able to grab the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. Those victories were followed by wins at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 6 singles, ending with a clinching win by Brett Clark.