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April 21, 2011
CARY, N.C. – A long day of ACC Men’s Tennis Championship first-round action stretched into the evening hours on Thursday as sixth-seeded Virginia Tech and N.C. State fought for survival.
Sixth-seeded Virginia Tech was forced to go the distance before turning back the 11th-seeded Wolfpack by a 4-3 score, completing the lineup for Friday’s quarterfinal matchups. The top four seeds, which received Thursday byes, will swing into action as play continues at the Cary Tennis Park.
Top-ranked and top-seeded Virginia begins its quest for a fifth straight ACC Championship trophy when it faces Maryland at 9 a.m. Other 9 o’clcok action finds fourth-seeded Miami taking on fifth-seeded Georgia Tech.
No. 7 Wake Forest faces No. 2 North Carolina at noon, followed by No. 3 Duke versus Virginia Tech in the final men’s match of the day at 3 p.m.
After a morning rain delay of nearly 90 minutes, Maryland became the first team to advance with a 4-2 win over eighth-seeded Florida State. Jesse Kiuru scored a 6-3, 7-5 win over Anderson Reed on the No. 5 court to clinch the match for the Terps (12-11). Kiuru was also part of the winning effort that clinched the doubles point for Maryland, as he teamed with Andy Magee for an 8-3 victory over Reed and Andres Bucaro.
Seeding held true to form in other morning match, as Georgia Tech blanked No. 5 Boston College 4-0. The Yellow Jackets’ top two players, Guillermo Gomez and Kevin King, were part of winning efforts in both singles and doubles as the Yellow Jackets advanced to face Miami. King moved up a spot to play at No. 2 after Juan Spir did not make the trip due to an injury.
Wake Forest earned singles wins at the No. 1, 3 and 5 spots to post a 4-0 win over No. 10 Clemson. Jonathan Wolff, who had teamed with Danny Kreyman to clinch the doubles point for the Demon Deacons, outlasted Derek DiFazio 6-1, 7-6 (8) on the No. 1 court to seal the match.
That left the final battle of the day between Virginia Tech and NC State. A sizeable contingent of fans remained to cheer every point as the two teams remain deadlocked heading into the final, deciding match between Hokies’ senior Pedro Graber and NC State freshman Ivan Sanchez on the No. 3 court.
The pair traded their best shots for three hours and 27 minutes before Graber finally prevailed by a score of 2-6, 7-6 (1), 7-5 score, sending everyone home to a late dinner.