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May 13, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia men's tennis team advanced to the round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the ninth consecutive year after a 4-0 victory over No. 32 VCU in a second round match Sunday at the Snyder Tennis Center. The second-ranked Cavaliers (26-1) needed just over two hours to dispatch of the Rams (23-5) to remain unbeaten all-time in home NCAA matches.
"I was really impressed with our play today," said head coach Brian Boland. "We came out with a lot of energy in doubles. Then in singles they used the momentum and competed hard. I am excited about what we can do as we move to the round of 16."
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 8-5 win at No. 3 over Alejandro Argente and Jaime Vazquez. Julen Uriguen (Guatemala City, Guatemala) and Justin Shane (Falls Church, Va.) clinched the opening point with their 8-6 win at No. 2 over Max Wennakoski and Filip Svensson.
In singles, the Cavaliers came out strong and won all six first sets. Virginia's lead was doubled early in singles play as Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) didn't drop a game in his match, posting a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 over Alexis Heugas. Drew Courtney followed with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 4 over Antoine Baroz to extend the Virginia lead to 3-0. Uriguen clinched the victory as he completed a 6-2, 6-2 win over Vazquez at the No. 6 position. In the three matches that were abandoned, the Cavaliers were up a break in the second set after winning the first.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The 15th-ranked University of North Carolina men's tennis team is headed back to the NCAA Sweet 16 after beating 17th-ranked Tennessee 4-0 Sunday afternoon at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. This is Carolina's third NCAA Sweet 16 appearance since 2006 and its first since 2008.
UNC will meet the University of Georgia, the No. 2 seed and NCAA Tournament host, Friday at 7 p.m. in the NCAA Sweet 16. Since the NCAA Tournament went to a team format in 1977, UNC has now made Sweet 16 appearances in 1977, 1978, 1992, 1993, 2006, 2008 and 2012. It was also a great way for UNC's five seniors -- Alex Rafiee, Zach Hunter, Brennan Boyajian, Joey Burkhardt and Cameron Ahari -- to close out their home careers. This group had dropped NCAA Round of 32 matches on the road in each of the past three years.
It was Boyajian, the senior from Weston, Fla., who came through with the clinching win just as he has done in so many big matches for the Tar Heels this year. He dispatched Hunter Reese, the nation's 72nd-ranked player, 6-1, 6-3 after the match had been moved permanently indoors at 6:10 p.m.
Freshman Esben Hess-Olesen had provided the first Tar Heel singles win as he triumphed outdoors before the second set of rain halted play. Hess-Olesen downed Brandon Fickey of UT 6-3, 6-1. UNC's other singles win came at #6 singles as Oystein Steiro won the first set 6-2 and led 3-0 in the second set before Taylor Patrick rallied to take a 6-5 lead. Steiro broke at 5-6 and then won the tiebreaker 7-2.
DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke men's tennis team advanced to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Div. I Men's Tennis Championship for the third consecutive season, defeating No. 23 Louisiana State, 4-1, Sunday in second round action. The eighth-seeded Blue Devils persevered through multiple rain delays and a move indoors to the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center to secure a spot in the Round of 16, where they will face Baylor on Friday, May 18 at 9 a.m. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
"This was one of our goals - to make it to the final 16 in Georgia, and to advance only losing one match this weekend was an excellent start," said head coach Ramsey Smith. "There were a couple of rain delays, and I thought we did a really good job today of coming out of each rain delay with a lot of energy and just grabbing the early momentum."
Duke (24-5) opened play Sunday afternoon at Ambler Tennis Stadium by capturing the doubles point for the 21st time this season. In the No. 3 contest, senior Torsten Wietoska and freshman Raphael Hemmeler jumped out to a 4-1 lead on their way to an 8-2 win against LSU's Tom Knights and Stefan Szacinski to give Duke the early advantage in doubles. Wietoska and Hemmeler led the Blue Devils off the courts with a win for the second consecutive match while pushing their season record to 14-5 overall.
The point came down to a pair of tightly-contested matches on courts one and two, with both scores locked at 3-all early on. The duo of senior David Holland and sophomore Fred Saba used a decisive break at 5-4 to fuel an 8-4 victory over the Tigers' Olivier Borsos and Roger Anderson on court two. Holland and Saba improved to 7-3 overall while picking up their third consecutive win in postseason doubles play and clinching the point for Duke. Meanwhile, the 16th-ranked tandem of junior Henrique Cunha and sophomore Chris Mengel led No. 24 Neal Skupski and Chris Simpson of LSU, 6-5, on court one when the match was abandoned.
ATHENS, Ga. - The Florida State men's tennis team's season came to an end on Sunday at Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts, as the Seminoles dropped a hard-fought match to national No. 2-seed Georgia, 4-1, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Florida State caps the season with a record of 19-10.
"We were a very young team this year, but we showed a lot of improvement," Florida State head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "We played three freshmen every day and they certainly improved. Our older players also showed improvement from previous seasons, increasing their win-loss percentages. This was a very deep team that had eight guys contribute day-in and day-out.
The Seminoles began Sunday's match strong by taking the doubles point from the Bulldogs. Dominic Cotrone and Anderson Reed combined to defeat Georgia's Wil Spencer and KU Singh, 8-3, on court three, while Jordan Kelly-Houston and Blake Davis downed the Dawgs' top tandem of Hernus Pieters and Sadio Doumbia, 8-4, on court one.