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April 18, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Four Duke records fell on Sunday as the 14th-ranked Blue Devils won five of six singles to defeat No. 27 Florida State, 5-2, to cap off the regular season and finish second in the ACC standings.
"It was another ACC battle out there today," said head coach Ramsey Smith. "Florida State is a great team, so it is nice to see our guys leave it all on the court and pull out a big win. We have shown toughness and resilience all year and it was no different today. We talked about finishing the regular season strong and I was really proud of our team performance. This will give us a lot of confidence heading into the ACC tournament as the 2nd seed."
Duke ended the regular season with a 16-7 record and 9-2 mark in the ACC. They finished in second place in the standings behind Virginia. The nine ACC wins match the most ever by a Duke squad. It is the highest finish for the Blue Devils since 2006 when they were tied for first, also with a 9-2 record.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The regular season concluded on a high note for the Wake Forest men's tennis team as they took down Boston College on Sunday afternoon by a score of 6-1 at Leighton Stadium. The Demon Deacons improve their record to 13-8 (7-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) on the season, while Maryland drops to 13-12 (1-10 ACC).
Juniors Jonathan Wolff and Iain Atkinson teamed up at the top doubles position for the second time in as many matches to earn an 8-5 victory over Maryland's Ian Mansfield and Graham Knowlton. Maryland then went on to claim victories at the second and third spots in order to earn the overall doubles point.
A brief recognition ceremony honoring the seniors occurred between the doubles and singles action. Coach Jeff Zinn gave his highest regards to the graduating class, and each senior was presented with a ring to mark the occasion.
ATLANTA - Miguel Muguruza rallied from a set down and from a 4-2 deficit in set three to defeat Patrick Daciek in the deciding match, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, lifting 26th-ranked Georgia Tech past No. 21 Virginia Tech, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
The win stopped a three-match losing streak for Georgia Tech (16-6, 7-4 ACC), gave the Yellow Jackets some momentum and the fourth seed heading into this week's Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in Cary, N.C. The Hokies fell to 14-6 overall and 7-4 in the ACC, and will receive the fifth seed.
Muguruza, playing at the No. 4 position, found himself in the same situation as he did a week ago at Duke, with the team score tied 3-3 and playing the deciding match, He lost to Dylan Arnould in three sets in that match, but this time found the resolve to rally and win.
RALEIGH, N.C. - In his final home match, NC State's lone senior Frideric Prandecki wanted to go out with a bang. His 6-2, 6-4 victory over Brian Locklear helped lead the No. 50 Wolfpack to a 5-2 victory against Boston College. The win moves the Pack to 15-11 and 3-8 in the ACC, while dropping the Eagles to 10-14 and 0-11 in the ACC.
Prandecki took to the court for the first time this spring in ACC play and moved to 3-0 overall during the spring. "We were looking for a spark," said head coach Jon Choboy. "He's got a good serve and volley game. Most people at six singles don't see that. We wanted that energy and competitiveness that he gives us."
Doubles is Prandecki's strong suit and he showed it today. He teamed with Dominic Hodgson at No. 1 doubles and made quick work of Jonathan Schroeder and Alex Skinner, winning 8-4. The doubles win is Prandecki's 43rd in the fall and spring combined, which is good enough for ninth all-time at NC State.
CLEMSON, S.C. - The top-ranked Virginia men's tennis team completed an undefeated run through the ACC regular season for the fourth consecutive season by winning 7-0 at No. 44 Clemson in the regular season finale. The Cavaliers (32-1, 11-0 ACC) also tied the school record for wins in a season with their 32nd victory of the season.
Virginia took a 1-0 lead by taking the doubles point from the Tigers (15-6, 6-4 ACC). Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) gave Virginia an early edge with an 8-4 win over Wes Moran and Juan Bolona at No. 2, but Clemson drew even when Derek DiFazio and Gera Boryachinskiy upset Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) and Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) at No. 1. Lee Singer (Lagina Niguel, Calif.) and Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) secured the opening point for Virginia by defeating Rok Bizjak and Moritz Dettinger in a tiebreaker at No. 3.