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April 27, 2013
CARY, N.C. - The title match of the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Tennis Championship is set, and it will have a somewhat of a different feel as Virginia and Wake Forest will meet for the league crown.
Top seed Virginia (23-0) earned a berth in its 10th straight tournament final with a 4-0 shutout of No. 5 seed Clemson in Saturday's semifinal round, while third seeded Wake Forest (20-7) rallied back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat No. 2 Duke, 4-3.
Virginia will seek its seventh straight ACC Championship and its eighth in nine years on Sunday. Coach Brian Boland's Cavaliers stretched their conference-record winning streak against ACC opposition to 105 matches with Saturday's victory.
Wake Forest second year head coach Tony Bresky is familiar with the Cavaliers, as he was an assistant on Boland's staff for eight seasons from 2003-10. The Cavaliers downed the Demon Deacons, 6-1, in Winston-Salem on April 6 in the teams' regular season meeting.
The first semifinal of day began with the duos of Alex Domijan and Mitchell Frank at No. 2, and Julen Uriguen and Justin Shane at No. 3 collecting identical 8-5 scores to secure the doubles point and set the tone for the rest of the match.
Justin Shane gave the Cavaliers their first singles win of the day, a 6-3, 6-2 decision over Austin Ansari at No. 6. Mitchell Frank and Ryan Shane followed to clinch the win and secure the Cavaliers spot in their seventh straight final. Frank defeated Gerardo Meza, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3 and Ryan Shane defeated Dominique Maden, 7-6, 6-4, at No. 4.
The Cavaliers shut out the Tigers in the two teams' regular season meeting, 7-0, on April 12, and it was Virginia's 11th shutout of the season.
Wake Forest avenged a 7-0 loss to the Blue Devils on March 15, and looks to win its first ACC title in program history. The Demon Deacons have appeared in the final on four occasions with their last coming in 2009, when they fell to Virginia 4-0.
After the Blue Devils collected the doubles point and went ahead 3-0 following singles wins at No. 1 and No. 6, the Demon Deacons continued to hang around and recorded their first point when Daniel Kreyman defeated Fred Saba, 6-4, 6-2. Jon Ho was next off the court for the Deacs finishing off Raphael Hemmeler at No. 5, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, and Adam Lee grinded out a 7-5, 7-5 win over Chris Mengal at No. 4 to knot the score at three points each to leave the match to be decided at No. 3.
With the match on the line in a third set tie breaker, Redlicki was assessed a game penalty which gave the point and the match to Prabhakar (3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5-0 game penalty)) propelling Wake Forest to the tournament final.