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Top four seeds scheduled to see first action at tourney enters third day
CARY, N.C. (theACC.com) – Pairings for Friday’s quarterfinal round are set following completion of second-round action in the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Tennis Championship at Cary Tennis Park.
Top-seeded and nine-time defending champion Virginia (22-3) meets No. 8 NC State (18-13), while No. 2 Wake Forest (26-5) faces No. 7 Notre Dame (15-12) in a pair of noon matches. No. 3 Florida State (18-7) meets No. 6 Virginia Tech (15-7), and No. 4 North Carolina (24-3) plays No. 5 Georgia Tech (16-7) at 3 p.m.
The starting times for all of Friday’s matches were moved up one hour earlier than originally scheduled due to the threat of inclement weather in the Triangle area.
Virginia, Wake Forest, FSU and UNC received double-byes into Friday’s quarterfinals, while their opponents advanced with wins in Thursday’s second-round matches.
Action in the 2016 ACC Men’s Tennis Championship will continue with a pair of 2 p.m. semifinal matches on Saturday and will conclude with Sunday’s 2 p.m. championship match.
The Saturday semifinal match featuring the highest seeded team and Sunday’s championship match will be streamed live by ESPN3. Former United States Davis Cup team captain Patrick McEnroe will serve as the lead announcer. McEnroe, who captained the U.S. Davis Cup championship team in 2007, will be joined by Paul Torricelli on second chair. Torricelli spent over two decades as head coach at Northwestern, where his teams twice went unbeaten in Big Ten play. Brian Clark will also be on hand as the sideline reporter for the men’s matches.
A capsule look at Thursday’s second-round action:
No. 8 NC State 4, No. 9 Clemson 2
The Wolfpack won 4-3 when the teams met during the regular season, and Thursday’s equally tight rematch stood tied 2-2 before NC State clinched the victory with a pair of singles wins.
The Wolfpack’s Thomas Weigel topped Daffra Sannon 7-6, 6-2 at No. 2, and Ivan Saveljic downed Robert Dudley 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 at No. 5 to clinch the match. NC State also won the doubles point, and Igor Saveljic defeated Austin Ansari 6-4, 6-4 at No. 4.
Alex Favrot defeated Simon Norenius 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, and Luke Johnson scored a 7-5, 6-2 win over Nick Horton at No. 3 to account for Clemson’s scoring.
No. 7 Notre Dame 4, No. 10 Duke 1
The Fighting Irish got straight-set singles wins from Josh Hagar at No. 2 and Eddy Covalschi at No. 3, while Grayson Broadus outlasted the Blue Devils’ Daniel McCall 6-1, 6-7, 6-2 at the No. 6 slot.
Notre Dame also took the doubles point with Alex Lawson and and Quentin Monaghan winning at No. 1 and Broadus and Nicolas Montoya prevailing at No. 6.
Josh Levine took a straight-set win at No. 5 singles for Duke’s lone point.
No. 5 Georgia Tech 4, No. 12 Louisville 1
Nathan Rakitt won in straight sets at No. 5 singles and teamed with Andew Li to clinch the double points in leading the Yellow Jackets past the Cardinals.
Christopher Eubanks won in straight sets for Georgia Tech at No. 1 singles, and Daniel Yun followed suit at No. 4. Michael Kay and Casey Kay teamed up for a win at No. 1 doubles to help secure the doubles point for the Yellow Jackets.
Chris Morin-Kougoucheff won in straight sets at No. 2 singles for Louisville.
No. 6 Virginia Tech 4, No. 11 Miami 0
The Hokies blanked the Hurricanes in a series of straight-set matches to earn a spot opposite Florida State on Friday.
Amerigo Contini (No. 3), Edoardo Tessaro (No. 4) and Mitch Harper (No. 5) all swept their Hurricane opponents. Harper also teamed Jai Corbett for Virginia Tech’s doubles-point clinching win. Andreas Bjerrehus and Joao Monteiro also posted a double win for the Hokies.