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April 22, 2010
CARY, N.C. - There were no eye-opening upsets or even mild surprises on Thursday as the higher seeds all prevailed in the opening round of the ACC Men's Tennis Championship at the Cary Tennis Park.
The day began with eighth-seeded Miami's 4-1 victory over No. 9 NC State. Fifth-seeded Virginia Tech followed with a 4-0 win over No. 12 Boston College, and No. 7 Florida State downed No. 10 Clemson, also by a 4-0 score. The first round conclude with No. 6 Wake Forest topping No. 11 Maryland by yet another 4-0 count.
The tournament resumes with quarterfinal action on Friday. Top-seeded and nationally top-ranked Virginia (32-1) meets Miami (11-10) at 9 a.m., while fourth-seeded Georgia Tech (16-6) faces Virginia Tech (15-6) at noon.
Friday's other noon match finds second-seeded Duke (16-7) meeting Florida State (14-8). Third-seeded North Carolina (17-5) and Wake Forest (14-8) close out the quarterfinal round at 3 p.m.
Miami rode straight-set singles victories by Christian Blocker, Keith Crowley and Ignacio Toboada to Thursday's win over the Wolfpack, with Toboada's 6-3, 6-4 win over Fred Prandecki providing the match-clinching point. Freshman David Thomson won at No. 3 singles to account for the lone point by NC State (15-12).
Florida State's No. 1 player Jean-Yves Aubone turned back Clemson's Derek DiFazio 7-6, (3), 6-1 to wrap up the Seminoles' shutout win over the Tigers. Aubone also teamed with Clint Bowles as FSU captured the point in doubles. Clemson, ranked among the nation's top 50 teams throughout the season, slipped to 17-10 with the loss.
Straight-set wins at No. 3, 4 and 5 singles propelled Virginia Tech over Boston College. Corrado Degl' Incerti Tocci, Patrick Daciek and Will Beck helped the Hokies put away the Eagles (10-16). Friday's Virginia Tech-Georgia Tech quarterfinal will be a rematch of last Sunday's regular-season finale, which saw the Yellow Jackets score a hard-fought 4-3 win to earn a first-round ACC Championship bye.
No. 1 seed Steve Forman led Wake Forest in blanking Maryland (13-13). The senior All-ACC Demon Deacon teamed with Iain Atkinson for a win in doubles, then scored a 6-0, 6-4 win over Sergio Wyss in singles play. Tripper Carleton and Danny Kreyman followed suit with singles wins for Wake Forest, securing Friday afternoon's date with in-state rival North Carolina.