Men's Tennis NCAA ACCtion: Saturday, May 15

May 15, 2010

Duke Downs North Carolina 4-1 To Advance To Sweet 16
Duke men's tennis will be heading to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time since 2006 after they defeated No. 19 North Carolina, 4-1, on Saturday at Ambler Tennis Stadium in the second round.

In a match much closer than the final score, Duke's freshman Henrique Cunha came through with the match-clinching victory. The Blue Devils held a 3-1 lead in the contest with each of the final three matches in the third set. Cunha led 5-3 in his third set with a chance to serve for the win, but North Carolina's Clay Donato broke serve to bring the score to within 5-4. Cunha, the No. 2 player in the country and only player in ACC history to win both ACC Player and Freshman of the Year, continued to show his mental toughness, breaking right back to send Duke to the next round.

Cavaliers Blank Navy in NCAA First Round
The top-ranked Virginia men's tennis team opened play in the 2010 NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 win over Navy Saturday afternoon at the Snyder Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (36-1) will meet ACC rival Wake Forest in the second round on Sunday at 1 p.m. for a trip to the round of 16.

Virginia took a 1-0 lead by taking the doubles point from the Midshipmen (16-14). Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) cruised to an 8-1 win over Marcus Rebersak and Zach Nicholson at No. 3 doubles. At No. 2, Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) and Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.) clinched the opening point for the Cavaliers with an 8-1 win over Ramsey Lemaich and Nick Birger.

Virginia wasted little time securing the final three points, with the top of the lineup leading the way. Singh's 6-0, 6-0 win over Rebersak at No. 2 made the score 2-0. Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) gave the Cavaliers at 3-0 lead with his 6-2, 6-1 win over Owen Bullard at the top position. Jenkins closed out the win with his 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3 over Anderson Walls.

No. 22 Deacons Down Lions in NCAA First Round
The No. 22 Wake Forest men's tennis team took care of business quickly on Saturday afternoon, as they defeated Columbia 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA Championships. This marked the first meeting in school history between the two teams, and the match spanned only two hours before the Deacons claimed the victory. With the win, Wake Forest improves to 16-9 on the year, while No. 45 Columbia's season ends at 16-5.

Playing in their first match since the ACC Championships in April, the Demon Deacons showed no signs of rust, as they quickly claimed the doubles point. The 21st ranked duo of senior Steven Forman and junior Iain Atkinson opened up with a 3-0 lead over Columbia's Jonathan Wong and Haig Schneiderman, before going on to claim an 8-4 victory.

The freshman combo of Danny Kreyman and Tripper Carleton also found success in their match, as they battled to earn an 8-5 victory over Rajeev Deb-Sen and Cyril Bucher at the number three doubles position.

Georgia Tech Downs Binghamton, 4-1, in NCAA Regional
Kevin King and Juan Spir each won their singles matches, Spir's the clincher, and teamed up to win their doubles match Saturday afternoon as 24th-ranked Georgia Tech defeated No. 47 Binghamton, 4-1, in the first round of the NCAA Lexington Regional at the Boone Tennis Complex.

Tech improved to 18-7 on the season and advanced to the second round, where it will face host 11th-ranked Kentucky (23-8) at 1 p.m. Sunday. Binghamton's season ended with a 25-2 record.

King and Spir, the nation's 70th-ranked doubles team, clinched the doubles point for the Yellow Jackets with an 8-3 win over Sven Vloedgraven and Gilbert Wong at No. 1, improving their record to 9-5 for the spring. Guillermo Gomez and Dean O'Brien got things going the Jackets' way, easing past Bastian Bornkessel and Ruben Devos, 8-1, at No. 3.

Seminoles Defeat Boise State 4-0 To Advanced To Second Round
The No. 29 Florida State men's tennis team defeated No. 42 Boise State in the first round of the NCAA Championships today, May 14. The Seminoles took a lead after winning the doubles point and then won the next three singles matches to win the match 4-0. Florida State will face the winner of the Georgia/UNC-Greensboro match tomorrow at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

The Seminoles started strong in doubles winning on courts three and one to clinch the doubles point. Coming off the courts first was the freshmen duo of Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) and Jordan Kelly-Houston (Christchurch, New Zealand). The defeated Alex Bothe and Erik Sheldon 8-6 on court three.

On court one, the No. 37 tandem of Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) and Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) finished their match 8-4 against James Meredith and Jeff Mullen to clinch the doubles point.

Hokies blank Commodores, 4-0
The Virginia Tech men's tennis won a tight doubles competition and dominated singles play to defeat No. 38 Vanderbilt, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships. The first and second round matches are being held at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center on the University of Louisville campus. The Hokies improve to 16-7 with the win, while Vanderbilt concluded the year with a 13-11 mark. Tech will face No. 15 Louisville on Sunday at 2 p.m., in the NCAA Second Round with the winner advancing to the NCAA Championships, May 21-25, in Athens, Ga.

Tech, ranked No. 23 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, won two of three matches to take the doubles competition and captured all three of the completed singles matches for the victory.

After taking the doubles point, Patrick Daciek (So., Severna Park, Md.) gave Tech a 2-0 lead with his, 6-4, 6-3, win at No. 4 over Alex Zotov. The Hokies upped the advantage to 3-0 with a, 6-3, 6-1, victory at No. 6 by Lucas Oliveira (Fr., Sau Paulo Brazil). The contest was the first singles dual match for Oliveira in his collegiate career. Tech clinched the victory as Corrado Degl' Incerti Tocci (So., Reggio Emilia, Italy) defeated Bryant Salcedo, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 3. The remaining three singles matches were halted once the Hokies had sealed the win.