NCAA Men's Tennis ACCtion: May 13-15

May 14, 2011

No. 1 Virginia Tops Wake Forest 4-1 to Reach Round of 16

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The top-ranked Virginia men's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Tournament round of 16 for the eighth consecutive year with a 4-1 win over No. 33 Wake Forest in a second round match Saturday afternoon at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar's Head Sports Club. The Cavaliers (31-0) will travel to Stanford next week and meet Illinois in the round of 16 on Thursday.

"Give Wake Forest a lot of credit today," said head coach Brian Boland. "They played a very gritty match and, despite being shorthanded, had one of their best performances of the season. We struggled a little bit but we will be all right. We showed a lot of toughness at the end. We faced some adversity and hopefully coming through it like we did will pay off for in the long run."

The Cavaliers opened the match by winning the doubles point. Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) and Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) posted a win at No. 3, topping Adam Lee and Amogh Prabhakar 8-2. At No. 2, Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) and Julen Uriguen (Guatemala City, Guatemala) clinched the point for Virginia with their 8-2 win over Danny Kreyman and Jonathan Wolff.

Duke Claims 4-0 Win Over Maryland in NCAA Second Round

DURHAM, N.C. - The 11th-seeded Blue Devils swept Maryland, 4-0, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and will advance to the round of 16 in Palo Alto, Calif. where they will face Georgia on Thursday at 9 a.m. (PT).

The match was moved indoors to the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center after heavy rains fell and covered the outdoor courts.

The first point of the match came down to a pair of tiebreakers at the No. 1 and 2 doubles courts. Duke's Fred Saba and Torsten Wietoska had an 8-4 win at the No. 3 spot to give the Blue Devils the advantage. Maryland evened things up when Jesse Kiuru and Andy Magee won the No. 2 tiebreaker, 9-8 (3). The No. 1 match was left to decide the first team point.

Georgia Tech Downs Mississippi State, 4-1, in NCAA Second Round

ATLANTA - Guillermo Gomez' victory in a second-set tiebreaker at first singles swung momentum back to Georgia Tech, and Dean O'Brien got the match-clinching point with a straight-set victory at No. 6, leading Georgia Tech past Mississippi State, 4-1, in an NCAA Men's Tennis Championship second-round match at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.

The 16th-ranked Yellow Jackets (21-5) have advanced to the NCAA round of 16 for the first time since 1994, where they will face Southern California next Thursday in Palo Alto, Calif. The Trojans defeated San Diego Saturday, 4-0, to advance. The season ended for the 21st-ranked Bulldogs at 14-9.

No. 18 North Carolina Falls in NCAAs to No. 17 Illinois, 4-1

URBANA, Ill. - The No. 18 University of North Carolina men's tennis team finished their dual match campaign in the NCAA Regional second round, falling 4-1 to No. 17 Illinois.

Playing the match on at Illinois' home Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex, the Tar Heels (16-8) and Fighting Illini (18-10) battled for a chance to face No. 1 Virginia in the national round of 16.

Illinois got off to a fast start in doubles, taking the point behind wins at the No. 2 and 3 flights. North Carolina salvaged some momentum when No. 36 Joey Burkhardt and Stefan Hardy took the first flight over No. 78 Johnny Hamui and Abe Souza, 8-6.

In singles, Illinois again struck first blood, winning at the top flight. The Tar Heels pulled a match back through Cameron Ahari in the sixth flight, who beat Bruno Abdelnour 6-2, 0-6, 6-1 to bring the Heels within a match. But Ahari's win would be the only on the day for Carolina, as the home Illini finished off the match with wins in the fourth and fifth flights.

Virginia Tech Eliminated in NCAA Second Round

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The weather was the only thing that could slow down No. 3 Tennessee Saturday as the Volunteers defeated Virginia Tech, 4-0, in the NCAA Second Round at the Barksdale Stadium on the University of Tennessee campus. The Hokies end the year at 15-12, while Tennessee improves to 23-4 and advances to the NCAA "Sweet 16" in Stanford, Calif. The match was stopped on two occasions due to weather before moving indoors for the completion.

Tennessee won both of the completed doubles matches for the first point of the day, then took all three of the completed singles matches to clinch the victory.

After taking the doubles point, the Volunteers quickly upped the advantage to 3-0 as Corrado Degl' Incerti Tocci (Jr., Reggio Emilia, Italy) dropped the No. 6 match, 6-4, 6-0, to Edward Jones and Patrick Daciek (Jr., Severna Park, Md.) fell, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 2 versus third-ranked Rhyne Williams.

Miami Men's Tennis Falls to Florida in NCAA Second Round 

The No. 27 University of Miami men’s tennis team fell to eighth-ranked Florida, 4-0, to close its season in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex.

After inclement weather initially pushed the regional final – scheduled for a 3 p.m. start on Saturday – back six hours, the Gators jumped out to the 1-0 lead with doubles wins at No. 1 and 2. Midway through the first set of singles competition, the rain returned and play was suspended until Sunday morning.

Today, Florida (20-8) picked up where it left off and used three straight-sets wins at No. 1, 2 and 6 to clinch the regional final and a Round of 16 berth.

Miami Wins NCAA Tournament Opener

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Freshman Gabriel Flores completed a Hurricane rally as the No. 27 University of Miami men's tennis team edged No. 41 Nebraska, 4-3, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday at the University of Florida's Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex.

With the victory, the Hurricanes (15-8) advance to Saturday's 3 p.m. regional final where they will face the winner of today's match between the host Gators (18-8) and South Carolina State (13-4).

With the match tied at 3-all, Flores rallied for the 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 6-2 win over Nebraska's Tom Blackwell at No. 5, clinching his fifth match of the season for the Hurricanes - including the March 13 win over then- No. 16 Georgia Tech. In addition, it marked the 20th win of his rookie campaign, as he became the third Hurricane to reach 20 wins this season and the first Miami freshman to do this in two seasons.

Florida State Falls to Mississippi State in First Round of NCAAs

ATLANTA - The No. 47 Florida State men's tennis team ended their season on Friday, May 13 after an epic four hour 4-0 loss against No. 21 Mississippi State in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The match was played at the campus of Georgia Tech.

"I thought it was a very competitive match," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "Any match that goes four hours is competitive. Certainly we had opportunities to get several points. We had a very good chance to win the doubles point with being up breaks at courts one and three. I felt it would have been important to win the doubles. It would have put us at a very good chance to win the match. We were up 4-1 on three doubles and really kind of rolling but they came back strong."