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March 10, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 73 Maryland men's tennis team swept Delaware, 7-0, on Wednesday to earn the team's ninth straight win and the program's best start in 24 years.
With the win, the Terps improved to 13-2 on the year, which is the best record of any Maryland men's tennis team through 15 games since 1986, when Maryland started 14-1.
For Spencer, the mark is about more than just fielding a competitive tennis team. It's also a big part of the first-year coach's efforts to rebuild the Terrapin tennis program from the ground up.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Louisville Cardinals proved to be too much for Virginia Tech in a 5-2 victory over the Hokies Wednesday afternoon. The contest was played at the Bass-Rudd Center on the University of Louisville campus. Louisville, ranked No. 14 in this week's Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, improved to 13-3 on the year, while Tech fell to 5-3.
The Hokies, ranked No. 21 nationally, lost two of the three doubles matches to drop the first point of the day, then lost four of the six singles contests in the defeat.
In singles, Luka Somen, ranked No. 71, defeated 54th-ranked Simon Childs, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 2 and Will Beck won his No. 5 contest, 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (9) over Andrew Carter. A super tiebreaker was played in lieu of a third set since the outcome of the team match had been decided.
MALIBU, Calif. - No. 33 Duke suffered its third straight loss on Wednesday, falling to No. 24 Pepperdine, 6-1, at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.
The Blue Devils' freshman Henrique Cunha continued his hot streak with wins in both doubles and singles, but his singles win was the only point Duke would get as Pepperdine took the doubles point and five of the six singles matches.
Cunha and Reid Carleton extended their winning streak in doubles to eight in a row with a 7-6 (3) tiebreaker win over Bassam Beidas and Alex Llompart. The Duke duo, who are ranked No. 3 in the nation, are now 9-1 in dual matches and 26-4 overall. The win came after Pepperdine had claimed wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots to earn the doubles point.
Tar Heels improve to 9-2 with their third road victory of the season over a ranked opponent.
LOS ANGELES - The 17th-ranked Wake Forest men's tennis team fell 5-2 to Southern California on Wednesday in Los Angeles.
The Trojans jumped to 13-1 with the win and Wake Forest is now 6-3.
Steve Forman posted a 6-4, 6-4 victory over ninth-ranked Robert Farah at No. 2 singles, marking the California native's highest ranked collegiate upset.
AUSTIN, Texas - The No. 19 Florida State men's tennis team lost its second match of the season to bring their record to 9-2. No. 5 Texas defeated the Seminoles 6-1 Wednesday night. The Longhorns are now 14-2 this season. Senior Vahid Mirzadeh upset the No. 10 singles player in the nation.
Senior Jean-Yves Aubone and junior Clint Bowles upset the No. 22 doubles team in the nation. The duo posted a close 8-7 (5) victory over Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico on court two. With this win, Aubone has now posted 146 career wins and is one win away from cracking into the top 10 list at Florida State to tie with Ty Braswel.