NCAA Men's Tennis ACCtion: Wednesday, May 22

May 22, 2013

NCAA Championships 

Cunha, Redlicki Advance in NCAA Singles

URBANA, Ill. – Senior Henrique Cunha and freshman Michael Redlicki of the Duke men’s tennis team advanced to the singles round of 32, as the NCAA Individual Championships kicked-off Wednesday at the Kahn Outdoor Tennis Center.

Cunha advanced to the second round for the fourth consecutive season with a 7-6 (2), 6-2 win over No. 59 Enej Bonin of Denver. In a thrilling three-set match, Redlicki advanced to the second-round after upsetting Kentucky’s 23rd-ranked Tom Jomby, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 6-1.

Cunha’s first-round victory sets up a second-round meeting with the winner of the match between Jared Hiltzik of Illinois or Adrien Puget of UCLA Thursday at 11 a.m. ET. Redlicki will face the winner of fifth-seed Romain Bogaerts of Mississippi State or UCLA’s Marcos Giron in Thursday’s second-round at 10 a.m. ET.   

The 2012 NCAA Doubles Championships get underway Thursday, with 2nd-seeded Cunha and sophomore Raphael Hemmeler taking the courts against No. 12 Kobelt and Connor Smith of Ohio State. Sophomore Jason Tahir and Redlicki will face top-seed Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese of Tennessee.

Frank and Jenkins Advance on Day One of NCAA Singles Tournament

URBANA, Ill. - A day after helping Virginia win its first NCAA Team Championship, four Cavaliers were in action Wednesday as the NCAA Singles Championship began at the University of Illinois. Mitchell Frank (Annandale, Va.) and Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) advanced to the round of 32 with first round wins, but Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) and Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) suffered losses.

Frank posted the biggest win of the day, upsetting top-seeded Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee 6-2, 6-1 in the first round. Jenkins, the tournament's No. 3 seed, is now the highest ranked player left in the draw after the first round losses by top-seeded Libietis and second-seeded Domijan. In his opening match, Jenkins topped Ben Wagland of Georgia 6-2, 6-4. 

In addition to the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship, Thursday's schedule includes the start of the NCAA Doubles Championship. The fourth-seeded duo of Jenkins and Styslinger take on hometown favorites Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski of Illinois in the first round. The team of Domijan and Frank open the tournament against Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott of Arkansas.


Clemson's Yannick Maden Advances in NCAA Singles Tournament

URBANA, IL - Clemson men’s tennis player Yannick Maden advanced to the second round of the NCAA Men’s Singles tournament with his 6-3, 6-4 victory over Gonzales Austin of Vanderbilt at Urbana, IL Wednesday.

Maden is ranked 26th nationally and improves his record to 26-8 overall this season.  Austin is ranked 48th nationally.

Maden will play Virginia's Jarmere Jenkins Thursday, who is ranked third nationally.

Clemson’s doubles team of Yannick and Dominique Maden will play its first match on Thursday when the Tiger duo meets Jarryd Botha and David Vieyra of Alabama.  The Alabama team is seeded 5-8 in the tournament and is ranked seventh nationally.

Spir Falls in NCAA Singles Championship

Urbana, Ill. - Georgia Tech's Juan Spir bowed out early in the NCAA Singles Championship Wednesday morning, and the Yellow Jacket senior now looks ahead to the doubles draw which begins Thursday at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill., hosted by the University of Illinois.

Spir, ranked 44th in the ITA national singles rankings, dropped a 6-3, 6-2 decision to 30th-ranked Andre Dome of Cal Poly in the opening round at 8 a.m. local time Wednesday morning. The senior from Medellin, Colombia finished the 2012-13 year with a 21-16 singles record, and completed his singles career at Georgia Tech with a 75-53 mark.

Spir and sophomore Vikram Hundal will face Colin Roller and Joran Vliegen of East Carolina in the opening round of the doubles draw Thursday. The winner of that match advances to face the winner of a first-round match between Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow of Texas A&M and Stefan Fortman and Cameron Silverman of Elon.

Hess-Olesen Falls In NCAA First Round

URBANA, ILL. - University of North Carolina sophomore men's tennis player Esben Hess-Olesen dropped his Round of 64 match Wednesday at the 2013 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship being hosted by the University of Illinois.

The Viby, Denmark native, who played at #1 singles all year for Coach Sam Paul's team, lost his match to 20th-ranked Jonas Lutjen of the University of Mississippi by a 7-6 (7), 6-3 score.

Coach Sam Paul's Tar Heels now look forward to next season when the team returns 10 of this year's 12 letter winners while also adding four players in one of the nation's top-ranked recruiting classes.

Contini eliminated at NCAA Men's Singles Championship

URBANA, Ill. – Virginia Tech freshman Amerigo Contini was eliminated Wednesday afternoon in the opening round of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Tennis Singles Championship at Kahn Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill.

Contini, ranked 61st nationally, squared off against Princeton’s 15th-ranked Matija Pecotic in the opening round. The two went back and forth in the opening set as Contini forced the tiebreaker, but the Tigers’ senior held on for a 7-6(5) win. In the second set, Pecotic got out to an early lead in the count to secure the match, 6-3.

Contini wraps up his first season with the Hokies after a strong rookie campaign. He was named the 2013 ACC Freshman of the Year and was recognized as the ITA Atlantic Region Player to Watch. The Parma, Italy native finishes with a 28-12 overall record, including 16-7 in duals. Contini posted a 9-6 mark at the No. 1 singles and was 7-1 in the No. 2. Contini recorded six wins this year over nationally ranked opponents.