NCAA Men's Tennis ACCtion: Friday, May 24

May 24, 2013

NCAA Championships 

Cunha Advances to Quarterfinals in Singles, Doubles

URBANA, Ill. – Senior Henrique Cunha of the Duke men’s tennis team reached the quarterfinals in the singles and doubles draw at the 2013 NCAA Individual Championships Friday at the Kahn Outdoor Tennis Center.

In singles, Cunha overwhelmed No. 17 Kyle McMorrow of Washington, 6-1, 6-0, in a match that lasted for just over an hour. A product of Jaú, Brazil, Cunha becomes the first Blue Devil to reach the quarterfinals in the singles draw in each of his four seasons.

Cunha is slated to face No. 12 Blaz Rola of Ohio State in Saturday’s quarterfinal at 1 p.m. ET.

In doubles action, the dynamic duo of Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler edged No. 14 Dominic Cotrone and Davis, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5, to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals. Cunha and Hemmeler are slated to face No. 6 Andy Mies and Dan Cochrane of Auburn Saturday in the quarterfinals.

Season Ends In Tight Three Set Match

URBANA, ILL. - In the round of 16 of the NCAA Men's Tennis Doubles Championships, the duo of sophomore Dominic Cotrone and junior Blake Davis fell in a heartbreaking three set loss to Duke's Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler. Duke won 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 on the campus of the University of Illinois.

Ranked No. 14 in the nation, the Seminole duo took on the No. 2 team to become All-Americans and advance in the tournament. Florida State was down in the first set 5-1 but then fought off Duke and broke them three times to win six straight games to win the first set.

In the second set, the two teams battled back and forth in long games until Duke eventually won the set 6-4. The two teams took the court with a blank slate for a third set. The teams once against battled one another with Florida State up 5-4. Duke was on serve and Florida State was one point away from the title, but Duke fought back to win their point. At that point Duke won three straight games to take the win over Florida State.

Spir and Hundal Reach Quarterfinals of NCAA Championship

Urbana, Ill. - Georgia Tech's doubles team of Juan Spir and Vikram Hundal won their second-round match in the NCAA Doubles Championship Friday, knocking off a Texas A&M team in straight set 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, knocked off the nation's 8th-ranked team of Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow, 6-4, 7-5. They advance to Jonas Lutjen and Nik Scholtz of Mississippi, the nation's 3rd-ranked team, in Saturday's quarterfinal round at a time to be announced.

The victory makes Spir an ITA All-American for the third time, an automatic honor when a team reaches the NCAA quarterfinals, and Hundal for the first time.

Cavaliers Advance to NCAA Singles and Doubles Quarterfinals

URBANA, Ill. - The Virginia men's tennis team picked up a pair of victories on day three of the NCAA Individual Championships at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Center. Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) advanced to the singles quarterfinals and paired with Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) to reach the doubles quarterfinals.

Jenkins, the singles tournament's No. 3 seed, advanced to the quarterfinals with a thrilling 7-6(8), 2-6, 6-4 victory over No. 9-16 seed Ray Sarmiento of USC in a match that took nearly three hours to complete. 

Jenkins will play unseeded Soren Hess-Olesen of Texas in the quarterfinals. Jenkins defeated Hess-Olesen 6-3, 6-1 during a dual match in Austin in March.

In doubles, Jenkins and Styslinger rallied from dropping the first set for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Malte Stropp and Jordan Angus of Mississippi State. Jenkins and Styslinger will play Bob van Overbeek and Stephane Piro of Florida in the quarterfinals.