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April 26, 2013
CARY, N.C. – Top-seed Virginia, fifth-seeded Clemson, No. 2 seed Duke and No. 3 seed Wake Forest each punched tickets to the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Tennis Championship Semifinals following victories Friday at Cary Tennis Park.
Virginia (22-0) will meet Clemson (18-6) and Duke (22-4) will play Wake Forest (19-7) in Saturday’s semifinal matches, which are set for 10 a.m., and 1 p.m., respectively. All four teams are all among the nation’s top 26 in the latest ITA poll.
The Cavaliers cruised past the Tar Heels in the first quarterfinal match of the day. The No. 16 duo of Alex Domijan and Mitchell Frank set the tone for Virginia with a quick 8-0 shutout of Hess-Olsen and Clark at No. 2 doubles. Uriguen and Ryan Shane followed with an 8-4 win over Coxe and Steiro at No. 3 to clinch the first point of the day.
In singles action, Virginia registered wins at No. 2, 3, and 5 to complete the 4-0 shutout. It marked the ninth shutout of the season for Cavaliers, who spent 13 consecutive weeks at No. 1 before dropping to No. 2 this week.
Clemson earned the right to play Virginia after it grinded out a 4-2 win over NC State. The Tigers gained the early edge following wins at No. 1 and 2 doubles, and went ahead 3-0 with wins by Ayrton Wibowo and Yannick Maden at No. 4 and No. 1, respectively.
The Wolfpack kept it interesting and cut the deficit to one point, 3-2, after Sean Weber defeated Austin Ansari in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 6 and Dave Thomson topped Gerado Meza by the same score at No. 3.
Zachary Rigsby clinched the win for the Tigers with his come-from-behind effort over Beck Bond , 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, at No. 5.
Duke had little trouble with Florida State and earned the day’s second shutout. After recording two 8-4 wins at No. 1 and 3 doubles, Raphael Hemmeler, Jason Tahir and Michael Redlicki completed the shutout with victories at No. 5, 6 and 3, respectively.
Wake Forest topped Virginia Tech 4-2 in the final match of day to secure its spot in the championship semifinals for the first time since 2010. The Demon Deacons collected three straight singles wins to go ahead 3-1 after the Hokies captured the doubles point. Wake Forest’s Hunter Koontz pulled off a three-set win at No. 4, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (5) to clinch the win for the Deacs.