NCAA Men's Tennis ACCtion: Thursday, May 23

May 23, 2013

NCAA Championships

Yannick Maden Falls in NCAA Singles Tournament
Clemson’s Doubles Team is Defeated at NCAAs

URBANA, IL - Clemson men’s tennis player Yannick Maden lost to #3 Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia 6-3, 6-4 in the second round of the NCAA Men’s Singles Tournament at Urbana, IL Thursday afternoon.

Maden is ranked 26th nationally and ends his singles season with a 26-9 record. Maden is the first Clemson entry in the NCAA Singles Tournament since 2006.

Jarryd Botha and David Vieyra of Alabama defeated Clemson’s doubles entry of Yannick and Dominique Maden 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the NCAA Doubles Tournament at Urbana, IL Thursday night. The Maden Brothers are ranked 11th nationally as a doubles team. They finish the season with a 23-7 record overall this season.   

Cunha Reaches Round of 16 in Singles, Doubles

URBANA, Ill. – Senior Henrique Cunha of the Duke men’s tennis team played his way into the round of 16 for the fourth consecutive year in singles at the NCAA Individual Championships Wednesday at the Kahn Outdoor Tennis Center.

A product of Jaú, Brazil, Cunha cruised into the round of 16 with a 6-0, 6-1 win over No. 32 Jared Hiltzik of Illinois. Cunha, a four-time All-American in singles, advances to the singles round of 16 for the fourth consecutive year of his career. In the round of 16, Cunha will face No. 17 Kyle McMorrow of Washington in a match-up scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. ET.

Also taking the courts in singles action was freshman Michael Redlicki, who fell to No. 25 Marcos Giron, 7-5, 6-3. 

In the first round of doubles action, the dynamic duo of Cunha and sophomore Raphael Hemmeler battled to three sets before edging Ohio State’s 12th-ranked tandem of Kobelt and Smith, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Also in doubles action were Redlicki and sophomore Jason Tahir, who fell, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Seminoles Win First Round Of Doubles

URBANA, ILL. - The Seminoles started the 2013 NCAA Men's Tennis Doubles Championships with a win on Thursday as junior Blake Davis and sophomore Dominic Cotrone won their first round match. The Seminoles take on the No. 2 seed tomorrow to earn All-American honors on the campus of the University of Illinois.

The No. 14 Seminole duo came out to a quick 4-0 lead against No. 15 Garrett Brasseaux and Nathan Pasha of Georgia, but the Bulldogs fought back to win four straight games and eventually tied the first set 5-5. The Seminoles won the next two games to win that set 7-5.

In the second set, the teams started with a 3-3 tie, but Cotrone and Davis kept fighting back to go up 5-4. The teams proceeded to stay on serve as Florida State went up 6-5. Georgia tried to stay on serve but the Seminoles played tough and broke them to win the second set to win the match 7-5, 7-5.

In order to be All-Americans, the Seminoles need to win tomorrow's match against the No. 2 team of Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler of Duke. The two teams faced off during the ACC Tournament in a tight match but the Blue Devils won 8-4.

Spir, Hundal Win NCAA Doubles Opener

Urbana, Ill. - Georgia Tech's doubles team of Juan Spir and Vikram Hundal won their opening match in the NCAA Doubles Championship Thursday, knocking off an East Carolina duo at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill., hosted by the University of Illinois.

The Tech tandem, ranked 10th in the nation, overcame a first-set loss to defeat the Pirates' Colin Roller and Joran Vliegen, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 Thursday afternoon. They advance to meet Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow of Texas A&M in Friday's round of 16 at a time to be announced.

They have gone 12-1 in tournament play this year, and were 7-3 at the top of Tech's doubles lineup in dual matches before Hundal sustained a knee injury at the end of February. Ranked third in the ITA national rankings at the time, they are now 19-5.

Thomson, Weber Fall in NCAA Doubles Championship

URBANA, Ill. - The NC State men's tennis doubles duo of senior Dave Thomson and junior Sean Weber saw their season come to an end against Mississippi State's Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Doubles Championship, 7-6 (5), 6-1, Thursday evening at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center. 

Angus and Stropp, ranked 13th by the ITA, jumped out to an early 4-1 lead. The 18th-ranked Wolfpack duo countered by winning three consecutive games to tie the first set at five all. In a tiebreaker, Angus and Stropp emerged victorious, 7-5, to win the first set, 7-6 (5).

The Bulldog tandem started the second set by winning the first four games to take a 4-0 advantage, before the Pack held serve to make it, 4-1. Angus and Stropp won the next two games to clinch the second set, 6-1.

Thomson and Weber end the 2012-13 season with a final record of 19-12. The tandem became the first Wolfpack doubles team to earn a bid to the NCAA Doubles Championship since 2008. 

Jenkins Advances in Singles and Doubles at NCAA Individual Championships

URBANA, Ill. - Virginia senior Jarmere Jenkins advanced to the round of 16 of both singles and doubles during day two of the NCAA Individual Championships at the Atkins Tennis Center. He won his second round singles match in the afternoon before pairing with Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) to win their doubles opener in the evening.

Jenkins, the tournament's No. 3 seed, reached the round of 16 of the NCAA Singles Championship for the first time in his career with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Yannick Maden of Clemson. He will look to reach the quarterfinals as he meets No. 9-16 seed Ray Sarmiento of USC on Friday. 

Mitchell Frank (Annandale, Va.), who upset top-seeded Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee in the first round, fell in the second round of singles to Andreas Mies of Auburn, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2. 

The NCAA Doubles Championship began on Thursday and fourth-seeded Jenkins and Styslinger downed hometown favorites Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon of Illinois, 6-3, 6-7(10), 6-3. The team of Frank and Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) ended their season with a 6-2, 6-2 first round loss to Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott of Arkansas.