Men's Tennis ACCtion: Wednesday, April 7

April 7, 2010

Duke Rallies For 4-3 Win at No. 18 Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - No. 20 Duke faced four match points, down 3-2, and battled back for a 4-3 road victory at No. 18 Wake Forest on Wednesday.

"That was a heck of a college tennis match and we were very fortunate to sneak out of here with a win," said head coach Ramsey Smith. "I couldn't be prouder of how we fought at the end of this match. Reid (Carleton), Luke (Marchese) and Henrique (Cunha) came up with huge wins in singles."

Tripper Carleton, the younger brother of Duke junior Reid Carleton, had four chances to clinch the match for the Demon Deacons against the Blue Devils' top player, freshman Henrique Cunha. The No. 1 match went three sets with Cunha fighting back to win in a third-set tiebreaker 8-6. His victory evened the match up at 3-3 and extended his winning streak to 10 matches. He is 25-5 on the season with an 11-2 record at the No. 1 spot in the order.

Cunha's victory set things up for the final match to go on, the No. 6 singles contest between Duke's Luke Marchese and Zach Leslie of Wake Forest. Marchese won the first set in a tiebreaker and then closed it out in straight sets, 6-3, to give the Blue Devils the victory. He has won his last eight singles contests and is now 6-0 in ACC matches and 15-6 overall.

Virginia Tech Defeats VCU, 5-2

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's tennis team ended a two-match losing streak with a 5-2 win Wednesday afternoon at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center over Virginia Commonwealth. Tech improved to 11-5 with the win while VCU fell to 10-11.

The Hokies, ranked No. 23 in the this week's Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, won two of the three doubles matches for the first point, then took four of the six singles contests for the victory.

In singles, Will Beck (Jr., Potomac, Md.) gave Tech a 2-0 lead with his, 6-4, 6-2, win at No. 5 over Camill Solomon and the Hokies increased the advantage as Corrado Degl' Incerti Tocc (So., Reggio Emilia, Italy) took the No. 4 match, 6-1, 7-5, against Max Wennakoski. Patrick Daciek (So., Severna Park, Md.) did the honors by clinching the dual match with a, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, victory at No. 3 versus Krisztian Krocsko.

In other singles results, the Rams recorded their first point as Yoann Re (Sr., Verdun, Quebec, Canada), ranked No. 38 nationally, lost, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, to 25th-ranked Thibaut Charron in the No. 1 match. VCU picked up its final point at No. 2 when Luka Somen (So., Karlovac, Croatia), ranked No. 61, was upset by Tim Johannsen, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (5). Sebastien Jacques (Jr., Magog, Quebec, Canada), ranked No. 117, provided the final point for Tech with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, win at No. 6 over Filip Svensson