NCAA Men's Tennis ACCtion: Saturday, May 11

May 11, 2013

Duke Advances to Sweet 16 with 4-0 Win over UNCW

DURHAM, N.C. - The ninth-seeded Duke men's tennis team advanced to the 2013 NCAA Team Championships, following a 4-0 sweep to UNC Wilmington Saturday afternoon. Following two rain delays, play was moved indoors to the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center for the conclusion of the match. The Blue Devils improve to 24-5 on the season, while UNCW concludes its campaign with a 19-5 mark.

The Blue Devils were able to edge the Seahawks for the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and 3 positions. At the top spot of the lineup, senior Henrique Cunha and sophomore Raphael Hemmeler stayed on serve against Chris Cooprider and Kosta Blank until the Duke duo won the first break of the match at 4-2. The dynamic Duke duo won a second break four games later to take a 7-3 advantage, before Hemmeler held serve to close out the match, 8-3. Cunha and Hemmeler now sit four matches back of the single season wins record for a duo in Duke men's tennis history.

The Seahawks were able to win the match on court two, as No. 52 Rafael Aita and Sam Wiiliams defeated Duke'sMichael Redlicki and Jason Tahir, 8-5. The UNCW tandem claimed an early break to take a 2-0 advantage that they never relinquished.


Virginia Downs Minnesota 4-0 to Reach NCAA Round of Sixteen

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia men's tennis team reached the round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the 10th consecutive year with a 4-0 second round victory over Minnesota Saturday at the Snyder Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (26-0) will travel to Illinois next week as the University of Illinois hosts this year's NCAA Championships.

The Cavaliers took the early lead by winning the doubles point. Alex Domijan and Mitchell Frank gave Virginia the early edge with an 8-2 win at No. 2 over Rok Bonin and Juan Pablo Ramirez. Jarmere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger clinched the opening point with their 8-4 win at No. 1 over Mathieu Froment and Jack Hamburg.

In singles, Styslinger quickly doubled the Cavalier advantage as he completed a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Froment at No. 4. The final two points were recorded by the two Virginia seniors playing their final match at the Snyder Tennis Center. Julen Uriguen posted a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 6 over Ramirez to make the score 3-0. Jenkins scored the decisive point with his 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 1 over Bonin. 




#6 Tennessee Defeats #23 Clemson 4-3 in NCAAs

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Brandon Fickey defeated Gerardo Meza at number-three singles in clinching the match and giving #6 Tennessee a 4-3 victory over #23 Clemson in the second round of the NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament at Knoxville, Tenn. Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Tennessee improves to 25-8 overall and advance to the round of 16 at the NCAA finals site in Urbana, Ill., next week. Clemson finishes the season with a 19-8 record.  The match lasted five hours and 12 minutes. The match was moved indoors towards the end of doubles because of thunderstorms.    

Clemson took an early 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point. A feature of the match is when the Tigers' doubles team of Yannick Maden and Dominique Maden upset the number-one doubles team in the country in clinching the doubles point for Clemson. The Maden brothers, ranked 11th nationally, defeated the Volunteers' Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese at number-one doubles, 9-8. The Madens have a 23-6 record overall and a 13-3 mark in dual matches.  


No. 41 Virginia Tech eliminated from NCAAs by No. 8 Kentucky, 4-1

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The 41st-ranked Virginia Tech men's tennis team was eliminated from the 2013 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship on Saturday by eighth-ranked Kentucky, 4-1 during second round action at the Boone Tennis Center.

The Hokies (16-10) entered the singles matches down 1-0 after the Wildcats (22-11) took the early lead in the match, claiming the doubles point with wins in the No. 1 and No. 3.

Tech fell behind 2-0 after Kentucky's 23rd-ranked Tom Jomby secured a win in the No. 2 against Tech's 97th-ranked freshman Andreas Bjerrehus. The Wildcat junior claimed the point with scores of 6-1, 6-2.




Men's Tennis Falls to No. 14 Oklahoma in NCAA Championships

NORMAN, Okla. - The NC State men's tennis team saw its season come to a close on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Championships after suffering a 4-0 loss to the 14th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. 

The Sooners gained an early 1-0 advantage in the match after winning the doubles point. Guillermo Alcorta and Axel Alvarez teamed up to defeat the Wolfpack's Beck Bond andAustin Powell, 8-1, at No. 2 doubles. Oklahoma clinched the point when Costin Paval and Dane Webb outlasted State's Dave Thomson and Sean Weber at the top spot in the doubles lineup, 8-3. 

In singles play, the Sooners added to their lead as Alvarez defeated Thomson, 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 3 spot in the lineup. Oklahoma's Alcorta followed with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Powell at the second spot in the lineup to push the lead to 3-0 in the overall match.