ACC Men's Tennis Gears Up for NCAA Singles and Doubles Semifinals

Monteiro is Final Four bound

TULSA, Okla. – Virginia Tech senior Joao Monteiro trailed 3-0 in the third set, but rallied for the win to make Hokies history on Saturday afternoon, advancing into the Final Four at the 2016 NCAA Men’s Tennis Singles Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Monteiro defeated the nation’s fourth-ranked player in Illionois’ Aleks Vukic in exciting fashion in the quarterfinal round in Tulsa. After Monteiro claimed the opening set 6-3, the two players kept it close in the second and were tied at 5-5 before the Illini player tallied the last two points to secure the set 7-5 and force the third.

In the final set, Monteiro fell behind 3-0, but scored the next two to close it to 3-2. Vukic pushed the lead as he scored on his serve, but Monteiro answered in kind. With the final point on the line, Monteiro trailed 4-5 with Vukic on serve. The Tech senior was able to break, tying it up at 5-5.

The pair was again tied at 6-6, forcing the tiebreaker to decide the match where Monteiro got out to the early lead and secured it 7-3.

This marks the first Tech player to make the NCAA semifinals in program history. Oliver Mayo made the quarterfinals in 1996.

Lawson, Monaghan Punch Ticket To NCAA Semifinal

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- For all of the historical significance of Saturday's NCAA Doubles Championship quarterfinal match for 15th-ranked University of Notre Dame senior duo Alex Lawson and Quentin Monaghan, very little drama made an appearance at the proceedings.

After all, the newly minted Irish All-Americans were playing to advance to the program's first NCAA doubles semifinal since 1994. But the veteran pair were calm, not harried. Methodical, not rushed. Indeed, the Irish defeated their second seeded foe of the tournament, downing No. 9 (5-8 seed) Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat of California 6-3, 7-5, getting breaks where they needed them and holding strong on serve.

"We were really calm, but also extremely energetic," Lawson said. "It makes no sense, but for us it makes too much sense. Our energy was really awesome out there today and I think it was exactly what we need."

"I thought the most important thing was trusting each other and sticking with the process," Monaghan added. "We really believe in each other and know that when we are playing the right way we can beat anyone in the country. At this stage in the tournament, every team is very good and there are going to be momentum shifts throughout the match, which makes it so important to stay level-headed and attack the process."