NCAA Men's Tennis Singles/Doubles ACCtion: Thursday, May 24

May 24, 2012

Cunha Makes History at NCAA Individual Championships

ATHENS, Ga. - Junior Henrique Cunha turned in a record-setting performance on the second day of competition at the 2012 NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

Cunha, the No. 5 seed in the singles tournament, advanced to the Round of 16 with a straight-set victory over No. 21 Daniel Nguyen of USC. In the first set, Cunha used an early break for a 3-1 lead before Nguyen broke back to even it up at 3-all. Cunha broke serve again at 4-all and held to take the set, 6-4. After jumping out to a 5-0 advantage in the second set, Cunha held off Nguyen for a 6-4 victory.

With his win in the second round, Cunha achieved All-America status in singles for the third-straight season. He becomes the first player in Duke history to reach the NCAA Singles Round of 16 on three occasions. Cunha also collected his 40th singles victory of the year to establish a new program record, surpassing his previous mark of 39 wins in a season set during his rookie campaign. With a career singles ledger of 116-25, Cunha is now just two wins shy of matching current head coach Ramsey Smith for the second-most career victories in school history.

King Eliminated in NCAA Singles Championship

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia Tech's Kevin King was unable to sustain the momentum of a big first-round win Thursday and dropped a straight-set decision to Ohio State's Chase Buchanan Thursday in the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship.

King, ranked 24th in the nation, got behind early but turned the tide his way toward the end of the first set and carried it into the second, but was unable to keep it. Buchanan, the nation's 10th-ranked player, took advantage of several unforced errors and won two service breaks to capture the first set, 6-2.

The Tech All-American began to eliminate those errors and took advantage of a strong serving game to break Buchanan twice early in the second set, taking leads of 3-0 and 4-2. But King was unable to continue that effort, encountering trouble getting his first serve in as the Buckeye senior All-American earned a pair of service breaks of his own and finished out the set, 6-4.

Hernandez & Burkhardt Sustain Tough Loss at NCAAs

ATHENS, Ga. - The 2012 University of North Carolina men's tennis season came to an end Thursday night as Tar Heel players lost tough matches in both singles and doubles at the Dan Magill Tennis Center at the University of Georgia.

In singles action in the morning, Jose Hernandez, a junior from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, fell to 14th-ranked Nik Scholtz of the University of Mississippi in NCAA Tournament second round action Hernandez won the first set 6-3 but Scholtz rallied to win the second set 7-6, overcoming a 1-4 deficit in the tiebreaker.

Scholtz, who is a 9-16 seed in the tournament, went on to win the third set 6-2.

Somen eliminated at NCAA Championships

ATHENS, Ga. - Virginia Tech senior Luka Somen was eliminated on Thursday afternoon in the Round of 32 at the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Singles Championships, being held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

Somen, ranked 47th in the ITA, fell to 11th-ranked Wil Spencer of host team No. 3 Georgia. Spencer took the opening set 6-4 and held on in the second set 7-5 to secure the match.

This season Somen earned his third consecutive appearance on the All-ACC team and his second straight at-large bid to the NCAA Championships.

Collins and Horny Fall at NCAAs

ATHENS, Ga. - Senior Maros Horny and junior John Collins, ranked 26th nationally, lost to No. 28 Jarryd Botha and Ricky Doverspike of Alabama in straight sets Thursday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Doubles Championship at Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

The Crimson Tide tandem started quickly and won the first three games to cruise to a 6-1 first-set victory. Collins and Horny battled in the second set, but were unable to overcome Botha and Doverspike as the Alabama duo won the second set, 6-3.

Collins and Horny were the first Maryland doubles team to qualify for the tournament since 2008.

Cavaliers Victorious on Day Two of NCAA Individual Championshipss

ATHENS, Ga. - The Virginia men's tennis team went undefeated on the second day of play at the NCAA Individual Championships Thursday at the Dan Magill Tennis Center. Mitchell Frank and Alex Domijan reached the singles round of 16, while the team of Jarmere Jenkins and Drew Courtney won in the first round of doubles.

Frank, the No. 2 seed in singles, advanced with a 6-4, 6-1 second round win over No. 25 Ray Sarmiento of USC. Domijan, ranked No. 39 nationally, downed No. 56 George Coupland of Mississippi State 6-3, 6-2 in his second round match. Courtney and Jenkins, a 5-8 seed in the doubles draw, opened the tournament with a 6-1, 6-4 win over No. 31 Christopher Aumueller and Benedikt Lindheim of Nebraska.

In Domijan's match, he fell behind early after being broken in first game, but rebounded to win the next four. Both players held serve the rest of the way as Domijan took the first set 6-3. In the second set, after Coupland held serve in a six-deuce game, Domijan rolled off five straight games to take a 5-1 lead. He later served out his 6-3, 6-2 win. He will play No. 15 Alex Musialek of Kentucky in the round of 16 on Friday.