NCAA Men's Tennis Quarterfinals ACCtion: May 20

May 20, 2012

Virginia Downs Stanford 4-0 to Reach NCAA Semifinals

ATHENS, Ga. - The Virginia men's tennis team advanced to its third consecutive NCAA Tournament semifinal with a 4-0 quarterfinal victory over No. 11 Stanford on Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (28-1) reached the semifinals for the fifth time in the past six years, while the Cardinal ends its season with a 20-9 record.

"I was pleased with the way that the team played today," said head coach Brian Boland. "We came out with a lot of energy. It was something that stayed with us throughout the match. I thought we had a little bit of a lull in our match against Cal, but today that energy level stayed up throughout the match, from start to finish. They played with a great purpose."

The Cavaliers will meet No. 7 Pepperdine in the semifinals on Monday. The Waves upset No. 2 seed and host Georgia 4-3 in their semifinal match.

It was the third consecutive major tournament that Virginia eliminated Stanford in the quarterfinals. The Cavaliers edged the Cardinal 4-3 in the 2010 NCAA quarterfinals, held on the Stanford campus. Earlier this year, Virginia downed Stanford 4-1 in the quarterfinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Charlottesville.

Duke Falls to USC, 4-1, in NCAA Quarterfinals

ATHENS, Ga. - The eighth-seeded Duke men's tennis team had its run in the 2012 NCAA Div. I Men's Tennis Championship cut short with a 4-1 loss to top-seeded USC in the quarterfinals Sunday afternoon at the Henry Feild Courts at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

The Blue Devils concluded the 2011-12 campaign with a final record of 25-6, matching the 1999 and 2000 squads for the second-most wins in program history. Duke also made the program's seventh appearance in the tournament quarterfinals and first since the 2001 season.

"Full credit to Southern Cal. I was very impressed with them today," said head coach Ramsey Smith. "I'm proud of the guys and how we fought hard all year. This is the tightest team we've had in a long time ... I feel like we really set the bar for the following years."

The doubles point came down to a matchup of top-five teams on court one after Duke and USC split the contests on courts two and three. The Blue Devils' fifth-ranked duo of junior Henrique Cunha and sophomore Chris Mengel went down a break early against second-ranked Steve Johnson and Roberto Quiroz of USC, but broke back to cut the Trojans' lead to 2-1. Johnson and Quiroz were up two breaks at 6-3 when the matches on courts two and three concluded, and despite a strong effort from Cunha and Mengel, went on to win by a score of 8-4.