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April 22, 2011
CARY, N.C. – Rain forced the ACC Men’s Tennis Championship quarterfinals competitors to scramble about the Research Triangle on Friday. But by the end of the day, four matches had been completed at three indoor sites and the field was set for Saturday’s semifinal action.
Saturday’s schedule will find top-ranked Virginia taking on fifth-seeded Georgia Tech at 10 a.m., followed by second-seeded North Carolina against third-seeded Duke at 1 p.m.
With the rain expected to move out of the area overnight, tournament officials were hopeful of resuming play at Cary Tennis Park when the semifinal matches get under way Saturday.
Virginia began its bid for a fifth straight ACC Championship crown in convincing fashion on Friday, turning back ninth-seeded Maryland by a 4-0 score at Duke’s Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center. Singles wins by Michael Shabaz, Sanam Singh and Jarmere Jenkins highlighted the Cavlaiers’ 75th consecutive victory over ACC opposition.
At NC State, Georgia Tech set the tone for a 4-1 win over fourth-seeded Miami by capturing the doubles points, then added three wins in singles play to earn a spot opposite the Cavaliers in Saturday’s semifinal. Magin Ortega sealed the match for the Yellow Jackets, sweeping Eduardo Pavia by a 6-4, 6-4 score on the No. 4 court.
The second match at NC State saw seeding hold true to form as North Carolina downed seventh-seeded Wake Forest, 4-1. The Tar Heels got straight-set wins from top three seeds Jose Hernandez, Brennan Boyajian and Stefan Hardy to take the match after a win by Wake Forest’s Danny Kreyman on the No. 4 court had knotted the score at 1-all.
Despite playing on the indoor court of rival North Carolina, Duke felt at home in posting a 4-0 shutout of No. 6 seed Virginia Tech.
Saturday’s semifinal matches and Sunday’s championship match will be archived for viewing on delayed basis on theACC.com. Video is expected to be available both evenings, beginning at approximately 6 p.m.