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ACC teams go 6-4 in NCAA First Round
ATHENS, Ga. – Florida State gutted out a hard-fought 4-0 victory Friday afternoon over Troy in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The Seminoles (20-10) won the doubles point and the first three singles matches to shutout the Trojans for the second time this season and advance to the NCAA second round for the first time since 2012.
Both singles and doubles were hotly contested between the ‘Noles and Trojans. In doubles, senior Cristian Gonzalez Mendez, playing in his fourth NCAA Tournament, paired with redshirt freshman Jose Gracia to beat Gabriel Dias and Andy Lau on Court 2, 8-5. The pair overcame two break points to win going away and gave the Trojan pair their first loss of the season (7-1).
Freshmen phenoms Terrance and Terrell Whitehurst, playing in their first NCAA action with the Seminoles, clinched the match on Court 3 by an identical 8-5 score. The freshmen are now 18-7 on the season in doubles action and have won nine of their past ten decisions, including all three in the ACC and NCAA Tournaments.
Though equal on the scoreboard, Friday’s win was much tougher for the Seminoles than when these teams met the second week of the season. In that match, Florida State dropped only one set in singles play. In the NCAA Tournament, Troy, the most improved team in the country from a season ago with a plus-17 win differential, fought the Seminoles tooth and nail and forced four courts to go three sets.
DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s tennis team opened the NCAA Team Championship with a 5-0 victory against South Carolina State on Friday afternoon inside Ambler Tennis Stadium. The Blue Devils captured the doubles point and got singles victories from senior Jason Tahir, junior Josh Levine, sophomore TJ Pura and redshirt senior Chris Mengel to complete the sweep
Duke improved to 23-6 with the victory and advanced to Saturday’s second round of the NCAA Team Championship. The 23 wins are tied for the eighth most in a year in program history. The Blue Devils have lost their opening NCAA Team Championship match just once, during their first trip, in 1982.
The win also lifted Duke’s home record to 15-0 this season. The squad looks to become just the ninth in program history to finish the year unbeaten at home. The 15 home victories are tied for the third most in a year, two behind the 1985 club’s record of 17.
The Blue Devils cruised through doubles on Friday, recording wins from the pairs on courts one and two. On court two, Tahir and Levine lost just once against Soufiane Mouline and Edgar Diaz to win 8-1. The Duke duo, which lost only the third game, improved to 19-5 on the season and is 12-1 in its last 13 decisions
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The University of North Carolina men’s tennis team, ranked 13th nationally, defeated Colonial Athletic Association champion William & Mary 4-0 in the NCAA Tournament first round at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center Friday afternoon.
With the victory, the Tar Heels advanced to the NCAA second round where it will host 20th-ranked Mississippi State Saturday at 3 p.m. at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. The Bulldogs advanced with a 4-3 win over #50 Denver earlier Friday in a match that took 4:10 to play.
The win marked the ninth successive time the Tar Heels have won their first round match in the NCAA Tournament, a streak dating back to 2006. The winner of the Saturday’s Carolina vs. Mississippi State match will advance to the NCAA Final 16 next Thursday in Waco, Texas against the winner of this weekend’s Champaign-Urbana, Illinois regional.
The Tar Heels played solid doubles, quickly jumping to a 1-0 lead in the match. Esben Hess-Olesenand Brayden Schnur defeated Aaron Chaffee and Will Juggins at #1 by an 8-5 ledger and then 45th-ranked Brett Clark and Robert Kelly downed Addison Appleby and Lars de Boer 8-4 at #2. Jack Murray and Ronnie Schneider were on the verge of winning at #3 when play was suspended once UNC clinched the doubles point.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The No. 3 Virginia men's tennis team opened the 2015 NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 victory over St. John's Friday at Snyder Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (24-3) will meet Minnesota in Saturday's second round, while the Red Storm ended their season with a 15-9 record.
With the victory, the Cavaliers remained unbeaten all-time at home in NCAA Tournament play (23-0) and extended their nation-leading home-win streak to 45 matches.
The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead in the match by winning the doubles point. Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) and J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) teamed for an 8-5 win at No. 3 doubles over Erick Reyes and Vaidik Munshaw. Seconds later, the opening point was clinched at No. 1 where Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) andLuca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.) downed M.J. Every and Robert Livi 8-2.
Virginia carried the momentum into singles, winning all six first sets. The Cavaliers closed out the match with wins at the bottom three positions. Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) doubled the lead with his 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 4 over Elio Livi. Aragone followed with a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 6 over Federico Ruiz. Alexander Ritschard (Zurich, Switzerland) closed out the match with a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 5 over Munshaw.
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The 15th-ranked Virginia Tech men’s tennis team defeated ETSU, 4-1 in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center in Blacksburg, Virginia. The Hokies advance to the second round to face 18th-ranked South Florida at 1 p.m. tomorrow.
Virginia Tech (20-4) got off to a strong start, winning the doubles point to kick things off. ETSU (17-8) won the first finished doubles match, taking court three, but the Hokies responded with an 8-2 win in the No. 1 where 39th-ranked Andreas Bjerrehus and Hunter Koontz defeated David Biosca and Rogerio Ribeiro.
The Hokies clinched the point with Joao Monteiro and Edoardo Tessaro’s win on court two with an 8-5 decision over Robert Herrera and Ismael Merino.
Tech went on top 2-0 as Monteiro, ranked 109th, took the win in the No. 3 over Diego Nunez. The two were tied up at 3-3 in the opening set before Monteiro won three straight to take it 6-3. In the second set, Monteiro led 5-0, but Nunez looked to make a run, cutting it to 5-3. Monteiro closed it out on the next point to secure it 6-3.
The Hokies’ 43rd-ranked Bjerrehus gave Tech a 3-0 advantage, defeating Ribeiro in the No. 2. After rolling to a 6-2 win in the opening set, Bjerrehus trailed 3-1 in the second before rallying to win five straight games, securing it 6-3.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Behind a dominant singles performance, the 12th-ranked Wake Forest men's tennis team posted a 4-0 win over George Washington in the first round of the NCAA Championship Friday afternoon at Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
The Demon Deacons move on to the second round of the tournament to face No. 39 Pepperdine on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. with the winner advancing to the Round of 16 in Waco, Texas. The Waves topped No. 22 Florida with a come-from-behind 4-3 win prior to the Deacs topping George Washington.
Now with a 23-7 record, Wake Forest has tied the program record for most victories in a single season. The only other time the Demon Deacons have posted 23 wins in a season was the 2007 campaign when the Deacs went 23-7. George Washington finishes the season with a 13-13. The loss snaps its seven-match winning streak.
Though winning the doubles point, Wake Forest did its damage with three quick singles victories from Christian Seraphim, Noah Rubin and Skander Mansouri. Seraphim dominated Christos Hadjigeorgiou at No. 4 in a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Rubin, the sixth-ranked player in the nation, followed Seraphim when he earned a 6-0, 6-3 win over Francisco Dias on No. 1 to make it 3-0 in favor of the Deacs. Mansouri then sent Wake Forest to the second round by polishing off a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 3 over Chris Fletcher.
OXFORD, Miss. - Georgia Tech got off to strong start by winning the doubles point Friday, but the 42nd-ranked Yellow Jackets could not capitalize and dropped a 4-1 decision to 17th-ranked Columbia in the opening round of the NCAA regional at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center.
The Ivy League champion Lions improved to 15-5 this season and advanced to play the winner of host Ole Miss and Alabama State in a Saturday 2 p.m. second-round match. The winner of that will move on to the championship finals in Waco, Texas. Tech finished its season with a 14-13 record after beating ACC teams ranked 8th, 35th and 14th to earn its NCAA bid.
Nathan Rakitt and Cole Fiegel set the tone early with an 8-5 win over Max Schnur and Vert Bancura at No. 3 doubles, and the Jackets got the point when freshmen Christopher Eubanks and Michael Kay rallied to get an 8-7 (7-2) win at No. 2 over No. 84 Ashok Narayana and Dragos Ignat.
But Columbia jumped on Tech early in singles, winning the first set in five of the six singles matches. Mike Vermeer evened the contest for the Lions by getting a 6-1, 6-4 win over Michael Kay on court 4, and Columbia took the lead when 17th-ranked Winston Lin downed Eubanks, 6-4, 6-4, on court 1.
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The No. 37 NC State men's tennis team dropped a valiant comeback-attempt against No. 30 Tulsa, as it fell in the first-round of the NCAA Championship, 4-3.
Tulsa got ahead early, taking the doubles point with victories at the first and third courts. Thomas Weigel and Ian Dempster's match against the No. 77 duo of Matthew Kirby and Dylan McCloskey was tied at 7-7, but was left unfinished.
In singles, the Wolfpack continued to trail, as Tulsa won the first set on five of the six courts. Simon Norenius was a bright spot early on, as he won his first set, 6-3.
Tulsa took a commanding, 3-0 lead after victories at the top of the lineup. No. 27 Or Ram-Harel defeated No. 69 Robbie Mudge in straight sets on court one, and Beck Bond's 10-match win streak was snapped as he fell to Tulsa's No. 87 Alejandro Espejo on court 2.
The Pack was forced into must-win situations on all four remaining courts.
Norenius was the first to get a point back, defeating Matthew Kirby in straight sets for his 16th win of the dual season.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Louisville men's tennis team fell to Drake 4-2 in the first round of the 2015 NCAA team championship. The Cardinals conclude the season with a 23-9 overall record.
In a match that was lengthened by two rain delays, the Cardinals took an early lead by winning at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles. The duo of Albert Wagnerand Alex Gornet outlasted Ben Mullis and Allen Salibasic 8-7 (8-6) at the two-spot to give Louisville an early advantage. Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and Van Damrongsri clinched the first point with an 8-6 win against Ben Lott and Bayo Phillips at the top seed.
In singles action, the first of two rain delays suspended the match midway through most of the first sets. When play resumed, the Bulldogs evened the score on court four where Ravi Patel defeatedChris Simich 6-3, 6-1. After another rain delay, the match moved indoors. Once inside the singles matches resumed in progress and Drake's Allen Salibasic completed a 6-1, 6-2 win over fifth-ranked Stiefelmeyer to put the Bulldogs up 2-1.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Once the postseason commences, expectations of close contests heighten, and the first-round NCAA Championship matchup between the University of Notre Dame men's tennis team and Vanderbilt did not falter in that regard.
But even as a pair of doubles contests ended in tiebreakers and two singles matches went to third sets (with a second-set tiebreaker thrown in), the No. 35 Fighting Irish found themselves on the wrong side of a 4-1 loss to the 24th-ranked Commodores on Friday at the Varsity Tennis Center on the campus of Ohio State.
Vanderbilt (20-7) won the doubles point in one of the closest doubles sessions the Irish have played this season. On Court 2, No. 34 Eddy Covalschi and Josh Hagar went down by a break 3-1 early to Pen Binet and Ryan Smith, but broke back to take a 5-4 lead. It wouldn't hold, though, and the Commodore duo notched an 8-5 win in the first doubles decision.
The match on Court 1 pitted No. 15 Billy Pecor and Alex Lawson against fifth-ranked Gonzalez Austin and Rhys Johnson. Both teams held serve throughout the match, but Pecor and Lawson prevailed in the tiebreaker to pull the Irish back even in doubles wins, 8-7(3). It was Pecor and Lawson's high-ranked win of the season, with the previous highest being against then-No. 6 Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur of Columbia on January 25.