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April 24, 2010
CARY, N.C. - The top two seeded teams will decide the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Tennis Championship after No.1 Virginia and No. 2 Duke advanced with semifinal wins on Saturday.
Virginia topped fourth-seeded Georgia Tech 4-1, while Duke blanked sixth Wake Forest by a 4-0 score. The second match ended in dramatic fashion when Blue Devil junior Reid Carleton outlasted his younger brother - Wake freshman Tripper Carleton - by a 0-6, 6-3, 6-4 score for the clinching points on the No. 2 singles court.
Sunday's championship match is scheduled for an 11 a.m. start at Cary Tennis Park. North Carolina and Georgia Tech will meet for the women's championship, also at 11 a.m. The two ACC Tennis Championship finals will thus feature the nation's top-ranked men's and women's teams (Virginia and North Carolina, respectively), the nation's top-ranked women's player (Georgia Tech's Irina Falconi) and the nation's top-ranked men's doubles team (Duke's Henrique Cunha and Reid Carleton).
Virginia (34-1) will be appearing in the Men's ACC Championship final for the seventh consecutive year. The Cavaliers are seeking their fourth straight conference title and their sixth in seven years. Virginia will carry a 60-match winning streak vs. ACC opposition into Sunday's match.
Virginia took a 1-0 lead in Saturday's semifinal by taking the doubles point from the Yellow Jackets (17-7). Lee Singer and Jarmere Jenkins topped Guillermo Gomez and Dean O'Brien 8-5 at the No. 3 position before Michael Shabaz and Drew Courtney clinched the opening point with their 8-5 win at No. 1 over Juan Spir and Kevin King.
In singles, the Cavaliers quickly made the score 3-0 as Courtney topped Miguel Muguruza at No. 4 and Sanam Singh defeated King at No. 2, both by 6-2, 6-3 scores. After Georgia Tech got itsllone point of the day at No. 6, where Spir defeated Singer, Jenkins clinched the victory for Virginia with his 7-6(5), 7-5 win over Eliot Potvin at No. 3.
Spir's singles victory did provide Georgia Tech with a small consolation prize. The Yellow Jackets became the first team to score a point against the Cavaliers in the ACC Championship in six matches, a streak that dated back to the 2008 semifinals.
Wins by Cunha and Reid Carleton at No. 1singles and Torsten Wietoska and Alain Michel at No. 2 allowed Duke to take the doubles point. Cunha then downed fellow All-ACC player Steve Forman at No. 1 singles, and Dylan Arnould posted a straight set win over Iain Atkinson at No. 3. When Reid Carleton got the best of the brotherly battle at No. 2 singles, the Blue Devils moved on.
Duke will be seeking its 13th ACC title on Sunday and its first since 2006. This year's regular-season meeting between the Blue Devils and Cavaliers took place on April 4, with Virginia posting a 4-3 win at Duke.