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Duke, Virginia, Wake Forest and North Carolina advance in NCAA Men's Tennis Championship.
DURHAM, N.C. – For the fifth time in the last six years, the Duke men’s tennis team has advanced to the NCAA Team Championship round of 16. The Blue Devils won their regional Saturday by defeating No. 23 Stanford, 4-1, inside Ambler Tennis Stadium. The victory was Duke’s first in program history against the Cardinal during an NCAA match, and just the second overall triumph versus Stanford.
After dropping the doubles point, Duke stormed back with straight set singles wins from freshman Nicolas Alvarez, seniorRaphael Hemmeler and junior Bruno Semenzato. The Blue Devils clinched the match with a three-set comeback from sophomore TJ Pura on court six.
Duke lifted its overall record to 24-6 with, tied for the sixth most wins in a year in program history. The Blue Devils finished the year 16-0 at home, becoming the ninth club to turn in an unbeaten home campaign. The 16 home victories are the second most in program history, just one behind the 1985 team’s record.
The Cardinal fought through an extremely tight doubles to earn an early 1-0 lead. Stanford has won 14 of its past 15 doubles points. On court one, the No. 9 team of John Morrissey and Robert Stinemen downed Duke’s No. 20 pair of Hemmeler and Alvarez, 8-7 (3). Stanford took a 2-0 lead, but Duke answered back with a hold and break to even the set at 2-2.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia men's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 for the 12th consecutive season with a 4-0 victory over Minnesota in a second round match Saturday at Snyder Tennis Center. The third-seeded Cavaliers (25-3) will travel to Waco, Texas next week for the NCAA Championships, while the 25th-ranked Golden Gophers ended their season at 21-8.
Virginia will play Columbia in the Round of 16 on Thursday (May 14) at the Hurd Tennis Center on the campus of Baylor University. Match time is 4 p.m. CT (5 p.m. ET). The Lions upset No. 14 seed Mississippi in the round of 32.
The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. Collin Altamirano (Sacarmento, Calif.) and J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) posted an 8-3 win at No. 3 over Eric Frueh and Matic Speh. At No. 1, Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) and Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.) clinched the opening point with an 8-1 victory over Jack Hamburg and Mathieu Froment.
The match was close throughout the early part of singles before the Cavaliers were able to capture four of the six first sets. The lead doubled to 2-0 as Shane posted a 6-2, 6-2 victory at the top position over Leandro Toledo. Aragone also posted a straight-set victory, downing Forment 6-1, 7-6(5) at No. 6 to make the score 3-0.
Altamirano clinched the Virginia victory as he overcame a slow start for a three-set win at No. 3, downing Felix Corwin 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - With a stellar team performance from start to finish, the 12th-ranked Wake Forest men's tennis team topped No. 39 Pepperdine 4-0 on Saturday at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Championship for just the third time in program history.
Now with a 24-7 record on the season, the Demon Deacons also set the school record for the most wins in program history, passing the 23 victories from by the 2007 squad. Overall, Wake Forest has won 11 of its last 12 matches dating back to April 3. With the loss, Pepperdine's season ends with an 18-10 record.
The Deacs will battle TCU for the second time this season on Thursday, May 14, at 1 p.m. in the Sweet 16. On March 8 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex, Wake Forest topped the then-No. 13 Horned Frogs 4-3. The Deacs took the doubles point and Romain Bogaerts, Skander Mansouri and Maksim Kan picked up singles victories en route to the win. Wake Forest's previous two trips to the Sweet 16 came in 2007 and 2009.
After a sluggish start to doubles in the first round against George Washington, the Deacs came out Saturday on fire with multiple breaks on each court, all in all winning 10 games before Pepperdine could get its first game on the board. Wake Forest ultimately took the point with 8-2 wins at No. 3 from Keivon Tabrizi and Sam Bloom and at No. 2 from Noah Rubinand Jon Ho. At No. 1, Mansouri and Christian Seraphim were leading 7-3 before the match was left unfinished with the Deacs up 1-0.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Senior Esben Hess-Olesen made his final match at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center a memorable one as he won in both singles and doubles to lead the 13th-ranked North Carolina men’s tennis team to a 4-1 victory over 20th-ranked Mississippi State in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship Saturday. With the victory, the Tar Heels advance to the NCAA Round of 16 to be played at Baylor University at Waco, Texas next Thursday.
Carolina has now advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 five times since 2006, as the Tar Heels have won regionals in Chapel Hill in 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2015 under the leadership of head coach Sam Paul. Since the NCAA Tournament went to a team format in 1976, this marks the third time Carolina has made Final 16 appearances in back-to-back years (1976-77, 1992-93 and 2014-15).
The Tar Heels will play either Illinois or Drake on Thursday in Waco, Texas in the Round of 16 at 12 noon Central Time (1 p.m. Eastern Time).
There was a good deal of irony in the fact that Hess-Olesen, the senior from Viby, Aarhus, Denmark, would be the Carolina hero Saturday. He was a mainstay in the Tar Heel lineup in 2012 and 2013, playing #1 singles the latter year and earning an NCAA singles invitation. But back problems have plagued the Dane the past two years. He played only nine dual matches in singles as a junior and prior to Saturday only seven his senior year. He had only been in the singles lineup three times since January and on two occasions he had to retire due to injury – against Campbell on February 4 and most recently in a win over Duke on April 9. He returned to the doubles lineup on February 17 to pair with Bryaden Schnur at the #1 spot.
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The 15th-ranked Virginia Tech men’s tennis team fell to No. 18 USF, 4-0 on Saturday afternoon in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Tech (20-5) fell behind after USF (21-6) picked up the doubles point. The Bulls’ Roberto Cid and Ignacio Gonzales-Muniz claimed an 8-3 win against the Hokies’ duo of Amerigo Contini and Jai Corbett in the No. 3.
The other two matches were back-and-forth the entire time. USF picked up the point in the No. 2 where Tech’s Joao Monteiro and Edoardo Tessaro squared off against Sasha Gozun and Vadym Kalyuzhnyy. The teams traded points throughout and were tied at 7-7, forcing the tiebreak. The pairs continued to be evenly matched with the Hokies holding a 7-6 advantage late in the tiebreak, but the Bulls scored three straight to secure the win.
Tech led in the No. 1 doubles where 39th-ranked Andreas Bjerrehus and Hunter Koontz were up 7-6 on 28th-ranked Oliver Pramming and Justin Roberts, but went unfinished once the point was decided.
ATHENS, Ga. – The Seminoles’ 2015 season ended with a 4-0 loss at No. 7 Georgia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament hosted at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The Bulldogs No. 1-ranked doubles team clinched the doubles point on Court 1 and Georgia won the top three singles courts to advance.
The Seminoles (20-11) were looking to break a ten-match losing streak against the Bulldogs (23-4) and advance to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2009. Instead, Georgia showed why it has played at the final site each of the past 13 seasons with a hard-fought win in doubles and straight set wins for their three ranked players.
In doubles, the Seminoles were looking for a repeat performance from two weeks ago when they stole the doubles point from No. 5 Virginia in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament. In that match, Florida State’s top pair, 16th-ranked Benjamin Lock and Marco Nunez, beat second-ranked Luca Corinteli and Ryan Shane to clinch the match for the ‘Noles.
Against the Bulldogs, freshmen Terrance and Terrell Whitehurst fell 8-2 on Court 3, leaving the Seminoles having to win both Courts 1 and 2 to win the point. Both remaining courts followed the same script that had Florida State needing a break trailing 7-6. On Court 1, Lock and Nunez were facing the top-ranked pair in the country, Georgia’s Austin Smith and Ben Wagland. The Georgia team held serve to knock off Lock and Nunez and gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.