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April 23, 2010
CARY, N.C. – Top-seeded and top-ranked Virginia blanked Miami, 4-0, in the first quarterfinal match of the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Tennis Championship on Friday, leading off a day in which three of the top four teams advanced to Saturday’s semifinal round at Cary Tennis Park.
Second-seeded Duke and No. 4 seed Georgia Tech joined Virginia in moving on, but a lower seed finally broke through in the final quarterfinal match of the day. Sixth-seeded Wake Forest edged No. 3 North Carolina 4-3 after a competitive standoff that last for over four hours.
Virginia (33-1) set a school record for wins in a season and extended its record winning streak vs. ACC opposition to 59 matches. Micahel Shabaz and Jamere Jenkins each posted a singles win and played on winning doubles teams to help the Cavalier advance. Miami slipped to 10-11 with the loss.
The Cavaliers, who are bidding for their fourth consecutive conference title, have posted shutouts in five straight ACC Championship matches. Wake Forest, which dropped a 4-1 decision in the 2008 semifinals, is the last team to score against Virginia in Championship play.
The Cavaliers will face Georgia Tech (17-6) in Saturday’s 10 a.m. semifinal. The fourth-seeded Yellow Jackets (17-6) advanced with a 4-3 win over No.5 Virginia Tech on Friday, the second time Georgia Tech has edged the Hokies by a single point in less than a week.
Freshman Magin Ortiga fought back from a 6-7 (7) loss in the opening set at No. 5 singles to post 6-2, 6-1 wins over the Hokies’ Will Beck and claim the decisive singles point. The Yellow Jackets also got singles wins from Guillermo Gomez at No. 1 and Juan Spir at No. 6 in addition to claiming what proved to be a crucial doubles point.
Luka Somen, Patrick Daciek and Corrado Degl’ Incerti Tocci won in singles for the Hokies (16-7).
Second-seeded Duke blanked No. 7 Florida State, 4-0 and saw the top-ranked doubles team of Henrique Cunha and Reid Carleton reach a milestone. The Blue Devil duo downed Vahid Mirzadeh and Connor Smith at the No. 1 spot for their 36\th doubles win of the season, a Duke school record.
Cunha, the ACC Player and Freshman of the Year, added a straight-set singles win over the Seminoles’ Jean-Yves Aubone. Torsten Wietoska and Luke Marchese added singles victories for the Blue Devils, who will carry a 17-7 record into today’s 1 p.m. semifinal match against Wake Forest.
Friday’s match between North Carolina and Wake went the distance, and the Demon Deacons’ 4-3 victory wasn’t decided until Wake’s Danny Kreyman outlasted UNC’s Cameron Ahari in a grueling three-set match, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (2).
While Wake Forest (15-8) entered the match as the lower seed, the outcome didn’t fall into the “major upset’ category. The Demon Deacons are currently ranked 23rd nationally (North Carolina is 18th), and Wake Forest scored a 5-2 win when the teams met during the regular season. The Tar Heels slipped to 17-6 with Friday’s loss.
Today’s semifinal matches and Sunday’s 11 a.m. championship match will be available for delayed viewing on theACC.com. Patrick Johnson will handle play-by-played duties and Mike Herb will serve as color analysts for the broadcasts, which are scheduled to begin no later than three hours after conclusion of each day’s session.