NCAA Men's Tennis First Round ACCtion: Friday, May 11 & Saturday, May 12

Call It A Comeback

ATHENS, Ga. - The Florida State men's tennis team trailed Boise State, 3-0, on Saturday, but mounted an amazing comeback to capture a 4-3 victory over the Broncos in the first round of the NCAA Regionals to advance to the tournament's second day for the seventh time in eight seasons.

In a match that lasted four-and-half hours at the at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex, the outcome was decided on court four, where Seminoles' freshman Benjamin Lock outlasted Boise State's Nathan Sereke in three sets, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (2), 7-5, to clinch FSU's path to the second round. Lock trailed Sereke, 4-2, in the third set, but rallied to propel the Seminoles into a 2 p.m. matchup on Sunday against host Georgia, who defeated South Carolina State, 4-0, on Saturday.

"Ben was down in that third set, but he got a couple of breaks and came back to win," Florida State head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "We weren't nervous at all. Ben has clinched matches for us all season long.

"Our team has been down 3-0 and came back and won in my career before, but I can't remember coming back like this in the NCAA Tournament. It's a great win for our team. I'm so proud of our guys."

Virginia Downs Fairleigh Dickinson in NCAA First Round

CHARLOTTESVILLE - The second-ranked Virginia men's tennis team opened play in the 2012 NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday at the Snyder Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (25-1) will meet VCU in the second round on Sunday, while the Knights end their season with a 15-9 record.

"I thought the guys played pretty well considering we are coming off a three-week break from competition and are coming off of exams," said head coach Brian Boland. "We came out relatively focused and did a good job. We are going to have to be ready to take it to the next level tomorrow against a very talented VCU team."

The Cavaliers opened the match by winning the doubles point. Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) and Mitchell Frank (Annandale, Va.) gave Virginia an early edge with an 8-1 win at No. 3 over Mark Hemy and Peter Skvarka. Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) and Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) followed with an 8-1 win of their own at No. 1, topping Arvis Berzins and Ibrahim Shams to clinch the opening point.

In singles, the Cavaliers doubled their lead quickly as Julen Uriguen (Guatemala City, Guatemala) downed Dom Hemy 6-3, 6-0 at the No. 6 position. Domijan extended the lead to 3-0 as he completed a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Shams at No. 2. Courtney sealed the victory with his 6-1, 6-0 victory over Mark Hemy at No. 4. Virginia led in all three matches that were abandoned.

Duke Downs George Washington in NCAA First Round

DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke men's tennis team faced George Washington in the opening round of the NCAA Div. I Men's Tennis Championship for the second time in as many seasons, coming away with a 4-0 victory Saturday afternoon at Ambler Tennis Stadium. The Blue Devils, seeded eighth overall in the tournament, advance to Sunday's second round, where they will face LSU at 2 p.m.

"We knew it was going to be a tough match," said head coach Ramsey Smith. "None of us have played for about three weeks now, so it was really important to set the tone for the tournament and come out and start things off the right way."

Duke (23-5) got off to a strong start in doubles play, with the 16th-ranked tandem of junior Henrique Cunha and sophomore Chris Mengel cruising to an 8-0 victory over the Colonials' Alexander van Gils and Ulrik Thomsen at the No. 1 position. Cunha and Mengel improved to 17-8 on the season and 10-4 at the No. 1 spot with the win.

Senior Torsten Wietoska and freshman Raphael Hemmeler secured the doubles point for the Blue Devils from the No. 3 slot, dispatching George Washington's Mike Kachkar and Richard Blumenfeld by an 8-2 score. The victory moved the Duke duo to 13-5 overall and 3-1 in postseason doubles play. On court two, senior David Holland and sophomore Fred Saba rallied from an early 3-1 deficit to lead Francisco Dias and Ugur Atalay, 5-3, when the match was abandoned.

No. 15 North Carolina Starts NCAA Tournament Run With Win

Chapel Hill, N.C. - The 15th-seeded North Carolina men's tennis team kicked off its 2012 NCAA Tournament play with an impressive 4-0 victory over the College of Charleston at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center Saturday afternoon. The Tar Heels used singles victories from Oystein Steiro, Joey Burkhardt and Jose Hernandez and a comprehensive doubles point to secure the victory over the Cougars.

Head coach Sam Paul knew that the Southern Conference regular season and tournament champions would not be an easy draw in the opening round. "They're a well coached team, a talented team. We knew they'd play us hard."

The doubles tandem of Esben Hess-Olesen and Zach Hunter got things started for the Tar Heels, posting a quick 8-1 victory on court three over Cougars Alon Faiman and Stephen Hardy. Hernandez and Burkhardt followed moments later with their own 8-1 win to clinch the point for Carolina.

Brennan Boyajian and Cameron Ahari led a 5-4 battle on court two when doubles play was halted.

In singles play, Steiro dropped just one game in route to a 6-1, 6-0 victory on court six to extend the Tar Heel lead. Burkhardt followed with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Charleston's Crescente Lesser to pull the Heels to within one point of clinching the match.

Harvard holds off Hokies in NCAA opener

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The 45th-ranked Virginia Tech men’s tennis team fell 4-2, to No. 23 Harvard on Saturday afternoon during the opening round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship hosted by the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. Tech ends the season at 11-12 while the Crimson improves to 23-2.

Tech got off to a solid start winning two of the three doubles matches to take the point and a 1-0 lead. Hunter Koontz paired up with Trpimir Kujundzic in the No. 3 as the Hokies’ duo defeated Andy Nguyen and Denis Nguyen, 8-5.

The No. 2 Tech tandem of Patrick Daciek and Lucas Oliveira clinched the point with an 8-6 decision against Jonathan Pearlman and Christo Schultz.

Virginia Tech extended its lead as Daciek picked up the win in the No. 3 singles. He defeated Schultz in straight sets with scores of 6-0, 6-2 to give Tech a 2-0 advantage.

The Crimson got on the board in the No. 6 singles where Henry Steer picked up a 6-4, 6-2 win against Kujundzic. Harvard tied up the match as Alex Steinroeder defeated Tech’s Mauricio Antun 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 5.

Men's Tennis Falls in NCAA Championships (May 11, 2012)

MALIBU, Calif. - For the first time this season, the NC State men's tennis team lost a match after winning the doubles point, as No. 28 Washington eliminated the No. 38 Wolfpack in the first round of the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships at Pepperdine's Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.

The Wolfpack (20-10) grabbed an early lead in the match by sweeping the top two doubles matches. Senior Jaime Pulgar and freshman Robbie Mudge won a quick decision, 8-3, over the Huskies' Emmett Egger and Matt Stith at No. 2.

Meanwhile, seniors Dominic Hodgson and Julian Sullivan stormed back after losing the lead to Marton Bots and Kyle McMorrow, winning the decisive match 9-8 with a 7-3 victory in the tiebreaker.

Winning that initial point gave head coach Jon Choboy's team confidence, since the Pack entered the contest with a 19-0 record this season when winning the doubles point.