Men's Tennis ACCtion: Wednesday, March 24

March 24, 2010

Wake Forest Defeats NC State in ACC Opener

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest men's tennis team improved to 7-4 and 1-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 5-2 victory over NC State in the first conference contest of the season on Wednesday afternoon at Leighton Stadium.

NC State is now 11-4 and 1-1.

Wake Forest's 16th-ranked doubles team of Iain Atkinson and Steven Forman led off with an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles over Dominic Hodgson and Rob Lowe. Danny Kreyman and Amogh Prabhakar dropped an 8-5 contest at No. 2, but Jonathan Wolff and Jason Morgenstern came through with an 8-4 victory at No. 3 to clinch the doubles point.

Jon Wolff tore through two sets with Dominic Hodgson, taking down the Wolfpacker 6-1, 6-2 to push the Deacons in front 2-0. Conner Sherwood got his first career dual match appearance, playing at No. 5, but fell 6-2, 6-1 to Rafael Paez.

Steven Forman topped Jaimie Pulgar 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4 at No. 1 singles, marking his fifth win over a nationally ranked opponent in the 2009-10 season. Iain Atkinson clinched the Wake Forest victory at No. 3 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over Rob Lowe.

No. 1 Virginia Defeats VCU and Richmond

CHARLOTTESVILLE - The top-ranked Virginia men's tennis team extended its home winning streak to 66 consecutive matches as it swept a doubleheader Wednesday at the Snyder Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (22-1, 3-0 ACC) topped VCU 6-1 in the first match before downing Richmond 7-1 in the nightcap.

Virginia opened the day by defeating the Rams (9-9). The Cavaliers opened the match by sweeping the three doubles contests for a 1-0 lead. Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) downed Filip Svensson and Max Wennakoski 8-2 at the No. 3 position. Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) and Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) secured the opening point for Virginia with their 8-5 win at No. 1 over Thibaut Charron and Tim Johannsen. Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) and Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) added a tiebreaker win at No. 2 over Oscar Perman and Camill Salomon.

In singles, the Cavaliers quickly sealed the victory, winning five matches in straight sets, all dropping just five games or less. Courtney topped Wennakoski 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 singles and Barrick downed Perman 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6 singles to make the score 3-0.

South Carolina Defeats Clemson 5-2

CLEMSON, S.C. - South Carolina defeated Clemson 5-2 in a men's intercollegiate tennis match at Clemson, SC Wednesday afternoon.

With the win, South Carolina improves to 8-7 overall, while Clemson falls to 15-2 this season. The Gamecocks are ranked 48th nationally in the latest ITA poll, while Clemson is ranked 33rd.

South Carolina clinched the doubles point as Ivan Cressoni and Ivan Machado defeated Carlos Alvarez and Juan Bolona of Clemson at number two doubles, 8-5.

Clemson tied the team score, 1-1 as Kevin Galloway defeated Cressoni of South Carolina 6-4, 6-4 at number three singles. Galloway has a 19-7 record overall in singles and a 15-2 mark in dual matches.

South Carolina took a 2-1 advantage as Alexander Kostanov defeated Clemson's Zachary Rigsby 6-3, 7-6 at number five singles. Pedro Campos defeated Clemson's Derek DiFazio 6-0, 7-5 at number two singles, giving the Gamecocks a 3-1 lead. Campos is now 12-1 overall in singles this season.