Men Tennis ACCtion: Saturday, January 30

Jan. 30, 2010

No. 16 Wake Forest Downs No. 31 Minnesota 4-2
In the first match of the 2010 season No. 16 Wake Forest defeated No. 31 Minnesota 4-2 in the opening round of the ITA Team Indoors Kickoff in Lexington, Ky.

Wake Forest will continue play tomorrow, facing host school No. 14 Kentucky at 2 p.m. ET. Live scoring for the match can be found here.

Duke Downs Auburn In ITA Kickoff Weekend First Round
No. 18 Duke defeated No. 22 Auburn 4-2 in the first round of the ITA Kickoff Weekend tournament on Saturday at the Pat M. Courington Tennis Pavilion in Birmingham, Ala. after the match was delayed several hours and moved one hour North of the host site Tuscaloosa due to cold weather.

Junior Alain Michel gave the Blue Devils the victory with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Lucas Lopasso at the No. 6 singles spot as Duke went 4-1 in singles on the day after losing the doubles point to start the match. Michel was part of the Blue Devils' lone doubles victory, teaming with Jared Pinsky for an 8-4 win at No. 3 in the order.

Senior Dylan Arnould, ranked No. 62 in singles, earned his third win over a ranked opponent, claiming a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 win over No. 86 Alex Stamchev in the No. 3 slot. With the win Arnould improved to 10-3 on the season. No. 77 Torsten Wietoska proved his ranking with a 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. 4 while Junior Reid Carleton improved to 8-5 on the year with a 7-6, 6-2 win against Tim Hewitt at the No. 2 position. 

Tech edges No. 21 Boise State, 4-3
Virginia Tech's No. 3 duo of Luka Somen/Corrado Degl' Incerti Tocci fought off three match points to win the deciding doubles match and the Hokies went on to edge No. 21 Boise State, 4-3, Saturday in the consolation match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend Urbana Regional. The match was played at the Atkins Tennis Center on the University of Illinois campus.

Virginia Tech (2-1), ranked No. 27 in the ITA preseason national poll, won two of the three doubles matches to win the pivotal the first point, then split the six singles matches for the victory.

After winning the doubles point, Patrick Daciek (So., Severna Park, Md.), ranked No. 75 nationally, won his No. 4 match, 6-1, 6-2, over Cristian Hodel and Will Beck (Jr., Potomac, Md.) put the Hokies up 3-0 with a, 7-5, 6-0, victory at No. 5 against Jeff Mullen. 

Georgia Tech Downs Penn State, 4-2, in ITA Kickoff
Sophomore Dusan Miljevic rallied after losing the first set, closing out Penn State's Guillaume St. Maurice, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the final and clinching match as Georgia Tech defeated Penn State, 4-2, late Saturday night in first round of the ITA Kickoff Weekend at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex at the University of Florida.

Tech, ranked No. 39 in the nation, remained undefeated this spring (6-0) and advances to face No. 11 Florida at 1 p.m. Sunday, from which the winner will advance to the ITA National Indoor Championship in two weeks. Florida defeated Furman Saturday.

Miljevic, a sophomore from Novi Sad, Serbia, ranked No. 112 in the nation, won the match at the No. 5 position after St. Maurice saved three match points in the third set. 

Terps Roll in Season Opener
The Maryland men's tennis team got the spring season off on the right foot with a dominating performance Saturday as the Terps defeated Georgetown, 7-0.

The Terps (1-0) swept all three doubles matches to secure the doubles point, and only dropped one set in singles play en route to the victory over the Hoyas (2-2).

Finnish freshman Tommy Laine was particularly dominant on the day. Along with fellow Finn Jesse Kiuru, the pair picked up Maryland's first win of the day with an 8-3 doubles victory over Georgetown's Will Lowell and Tim Walsh.