Men's Tennis ACCtion: Sunday, April 4

April 4, 2010

No. 1 Virginia Wins 4-3 at Duke
In a battle the two remaining unbeaten men’s tennis teams in ACC play, top-ranked Virginia topped No. 27 Duke 4-3 Sunday afternoon at the Ambler Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (27-1, 7-0) rallied from losing the doubles point with four singles wins to hand the Blue Devils (11-6, 4-1 ACC) their first conference loss.

Duke took the 1-0 lead after doubles as the Cavaliers dropped the opening point for the first time since the match at Virginia Tech on Feb. 23, a span of 16 matches. The Cavaliers took an early edge when Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) rolled past Alain Michel and Torsten Wietoska 8-0 at No. 3. The Blue Devils drew even as third-ranked Henrique Cunha and Reid Carleton defeated 11th-ranked Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) and Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) 8-6 at No. 1. In the decisive match at No. 2, Duke’s David Holland and Dylan Arnould edged Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) and Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.) 9-7.

In singles, the Cavaliers quickly drew even as Jenkins needed little time to down Arnould 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. Duke retook the lead, 2-1, as Cunha posted a 6-3, 6-3 win over Shabaz at the top position. Seconds later Virginia drew even again as Barrick completed a 6-4, 6-3 win over Holland at No. 5. Virginia took its first lead of the day, 3-2, when Courtney downed Wietoska 7-6(4), 6-2 at No. 5 singles. Luke Marchese brought the Blue Devils even at 3-3 with his 7-5, 7-6(3) win over Singer at No. 6 singles. In the final match on the courts, Singh rallied from dropping the first set to score a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 win over Carleton to clinch the victory.

No. 20 Tar Heels Come Back To Upset No. 18 Hokies 4-3
The 20th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels scored an upset over No. 18 Virginia Tech in a match that came down to the wire Sunday afternoon.

Stefan Hardy won the final three games of his match with Tech's Corrado Degl' Incerti Tocci to clinch a 4-3 victory for UNC, their fourth in the ACC.

The Hokies took a 1-0 lead after winning both the second and third doubles flights 8-6. Seventeenth-ranked Clay Donato and Hardy beat Will Beck and Patrick Daciek 8-3 at the top spot.

No. 24 Men's Tennis Downs No. 22 FSU, 5-2
The 24th-ranked Wake Forest men's tennis team defeated FSU 5-2 on Sunday afternoon in Tallahassee.

Wake Forest improves to 11-5 and 5-1 in the ACC with the win. Florida State is now 12-6, 5-3. The Demon Deacons have moved into third place in conference standings, just behind Virginia and Georgia Tech.

In singles 56th-ranked Steven Forman a quick 6-3, 6-2 upset over No. 24 Jean Yves Aubone at the top of the line up. Tripper Carleton, who dropped to No. 42 in the most recent singles rankings, also picked up an upset, taking down Vahid Mirzadeh 6-7(5), 6-2, 1-0 (8) at No. 2.

Chin Clinches ACC Win for Miami Men's Tennis
Waylon Chin battled for the straight-sets singles win at the No. 5 position, as the No. 51 University of Miami men's tennis team defeated No. 40 NC State, 5-2, on a sunny Sunday afternoon at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.

It marked the first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the season for the Hurricanes (7-10, 1-6 ACC), who claimed five singles matches - including four in straight sets - to power past the Wolfpack (13-9, 1-6).

Christian Blöcker and David Simon got Miami off to a strong start with the 8-5 win at No. 1 in doubles play, however NC State earned the doubles point after winning both the No. 2 and No. 3 positions by the same score.

Clemson Defeats Maryland 6-1
The Clemson men's tennis team defeated Maryland 6-1 in an Atlantic Coast Conference men's tennis match at Clemson, SC Sunday.

With the win, Clemson improves to 17-5 overall, and 3-4 in the ACC. The Tigers are ranked 43rd nationally according to the latest ITA poll.

Maryland falls to 13-8 overall and 1-6 in league play. The Terrapins are ranked 71st according to the latest ITA rankings.