Men's Tennis NCAA ACCtion: Friday, May 14

May 15, 2010

Tar Heels Advance to NCAA Round of 32 With 4-1 Win

DURHAM, N.C. - The North Carolina Tar Heels won their first round NCAA Tournament match against Nebraska 4-1 Friday morning to advance to the round of 32.

The 19th-ranked Tar Heels will face No. 16 Duke Saturday afternoon, and the winner will travel to Athens, Ga. for the 16-team NCAA Championships.

"I want to congratulate Nebraska, they have a tough team," said head coach Sam Paul. "It was a battle."

UNC jumped out to an early lead after clinching the team point in doubles. Both Tar Heel doubles pairs ( Clay Donato & Stefan Hardy, Andrew Crone & Jose Hernandez ) won by a score of 8-3.

Donato won his first set against 82nd-ranked Christopher Aumueller 6-2, and after three games in the second set Aumueller retired to give North Carolina a 2-0 lead. The 41st-ranked Cornhuskers fought back with a win by Benedikt Lindheim at the fifth singles spot to make the score 2-1, but that would ultimately be Nebraska's only point.

Brennan Boyajian was the next to finish, closing out a 6-3, 7-5 win versus Francois Van Impe that put the Tar Heels a point away from advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Andrew Crone followed with a 6-3, 7-5 victory of his own at the sixth singles spot to clinch for UNC.

Blue Devils Cruise Past VCU In NCAA First Round

DURHAM, N.C. - It didn't take long for the No. 16 Duke men's tennis team to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday as they handed No. 72 Virginia Commonwealth a 4-0 loss at Ambler Tennis Stadium.

The Blue Devils hadn't played in nearly three weeks since the ACC Tournament Championship match on April 25 but didn't miss a beat as they earned the doubles point and first set victories in all six singles contests.

Sophomore Torsten Wietoska clinched the match for Duke with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Max Wennakoski at the No. 4 position in the lineup. Wietoska improved to 18-14 on the year with his first match-clinching win of the season.

Duke's top two players eased by their opponents for the first two singles points. No. 64 Reid Carleton earned a 6-2, 6-0 victory against Tim Johannsen in the No. 2 slot for his 20th singles win of the year. Carleton has now won at least 20 matches in all three of his collegiate seasons. No. 2 Henrique Cunha had no trouble with No. 25 Thibaut Charron at the No. 1 spot in the order. Cunha won 6-0, 6-1 to improve to 34-5 overall and 22-3 against ranked opponents. His victory moves him into a tie for fifth on Duke's single season wins list and tied for second for most victories by a freshman.

Carleton and Cunha gave Duke the doubles point with an 8-4 win in the top spot. The No. 1 duo in the nation claimed their school-record 38th win of the year with just five losses. Alain Michel and Wietoska also won in doubles for the pair's 14th victory.