NCAA Men's Tennis Third Round ACCtion: May 18

May 18, 2012

Virginia Blanks California To Reach NCAA Quarterfinals

ATHENS, Ga. - The Virginia men's tennis team advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the eighth consecutive year with a 4-0 victory over No. 14 California on Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Center. The second-ranked Cavaliers (27-1) posted their third shutout victory of the tournament to advance, while the Golden Bears end their season with a 14-12 record.

"I thought we played a great match today," said head coach Brian Boland. "I was thrilled with how we came out in doubles. It has been something we have been working a lot on in recent weeks. We played at an extremely high level and that is something that is helpful for us. We did a decent job of carrying that into singles. It was good match. We have a lot of respect for Cal and knew they would be a challenge. We are happy to be moving on to the quarterfinals."

Virginia will meet another Pac-12 school in the quarterfinals as it faces Stanford (20-8). The 11th-seeded Cardinal upset sixth-seeded Kentucky 4-1 on Friday. It marks the third consecutive national tournament that Virginia and Stanford will meet in the quarterfinals.

No. 8 Duke Blanks Baylor To Reach NCAA Quarterfinals

ATHENS, Ga. - The eighth-seeded Duke men's tennis team advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2001 with a 4-0 Round of 16 victory over No. 25 Baylor Friday afternoon at the McWhorter Courts at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The Blue Devils improved to 25-5 on the year for the program's highest number of wins in a season since the 1999-2000 campaign.

"We were just really prepared," said head coach Ramsey Smith. "Baylor is a tough out and they were playing their best tennis of the year going into this tournament, so we were ready for a battle. I'm just really proud of our guys."

Duke (25-5) got off to a quick start in doubles, posting wins on courts two and three to claim the point for the 22nd time this season. In the No. 2 contest, senior David Holland and sophomore Fred Saba went up a break at 2-all against 45th-ranked Kike Grangeiro and Roberto Maytin of Baylor (19-12).

No. 2 Georgia Downs Tar Heels 4-0 In NCAA Sweet 16

ATHENS, GA. - Second-ranked Georgia used its legendary home court edge and powerful singles lineup to its advantage Friday night as the Bulldogs defeated 15th-ranked North Carolina 4-0 in the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 at Henry Feild Stadium. Georgia advances to the NCAA quarterfinals, improving to 26-2 on the season, while the Tar Heels' dual match season ends at 15-8.

UNC junior Jose Hernandez will begin play in the NCAA singles tournament May 23 while Hernandez and senior Joey Burkhardt will begin competition in NCAA doubles play May 24.

Georgia grabbed a 1-0 lead Friday night by winning the doubles point with victories at #2 and #3 doubles. The Bulldogs' KU Singh and Wil Spencer were off the court first, beating UNC's Esben Hess-Olesen and Zach Hunter 8-4 at the #3 spot. Shortly afterwards Georgia clinched the doubles point with a win at #2 doubles spot as 41st-ranked Nathan Pasha and Ignacio Taboada downed Cameron Ahari and Brennan Boyajian of UNC 8-5. At #1 doubles, the 20th-ranked UNC doubles team of Jose Hernandez and Joey Burkhardt led Sadio Doumbia and Hernus Pieters of the Bulldogs 7-4 when the match was suspended.