NCAA Men's Tennis ACCtion: Saturday, May 25

May 25, 2013

NCAA Championships

Cunha, Hemmeler Advance to Semifinals at NCAA’s

URBANA, Ill. – Senior Henrique Cunha and sophomore Raphael Hemmeler of the Duke men’s tennis team advanced to the semifinals of the 2013 NCAA Individual Championships Saturday at the Atkins Tennis Center, as play was forced to move indoors due to inclement weather in the area.

Cunha and Hemmeler advanced to the semifinals with a straight-set 6-2, 6-3 win over No. 6 Andries Mies and Dan Cochrane of Auburn. 

With their 39 wins on the season, Cunha and Hemmeler now sit in second on Duke’s all-time charts in single season wins by a doubles tandem, two wins shy of the 41 victories Cunha and Reid Carleton posted in 2010. Cunha and Hemmeler becomes the third Blue Devil tandem to reach the semifinals, as Philip King and Michael Yani were the last Duke pair to reach the semis in 2002. Current head coach Ramsey Smith and Doug Root were the first Blue Devil tandem to reach the semifinals in 2000.

In singles, Cunha’s run came to an end in three sets at the hands of No. 12 Blaz Rola of Ohio State, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. Cunha concludes the season with a 34-5 singles ledger, including 17 wins over ranked opponents. Cunha ends his singles career at Duke with 151 career victories in singles, which stands as a program record.

Spir, Hundal Drop Quarterfinal Match at NCAA Doubles Championship

Urbana, Ill. - Georgia Tech's doubles team of Juan Spir and Vikram Hundal bowed out in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship Friday, losing in straight sets to Mississippi at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill.

The Tech tandem, ranked 10th in the nation, lost, 6-2, 6-4 to the nation's 3rd -ranked team of Jonas Lutjen and Nik Scholtz of Mississippi, bringing their season to an end with a 20-6 record..

Spir became an ITA All-American for the third time, an automatic honor when a team reaches the NCAA quarterfinals, and Hundal for the first time when they defeated a Texas A&M team Friday.

Spir complete a career in which he became the most accomplished doubles player in Tech history. He partnered with Kevin King to win 75 matches in two-plus years before this season. Spir has been involved in a Tech-record 103 doubles victories in his career. 

Cavaliers Reach Semifinals of NCAA Singles and Doubles

URBANA, Ill. - The Virginia men's tennis team continued to shine at the NCAA Individual Championships during day four of the event at the Atkins Tennis Center. Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) advanced to the singles semifinals and the pair of Jenkins and Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) reached the doubles semifinals.

Jenkins is the first men's tennis player to win the NCAA Team Championship and reach both the singles and doubles semifinals in the same season since 2001. That year Matias Boeker of Georgia became the third player of the modern era (since 1977) to win the NCAA Tennis Triple Crown (Team Championship, Singles Champion and Doubles Champion).

Jenkins, the singles tournament's No. 3 seed, advanced to the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Soren Hess-Olesen of Texas. He becomes the fifth Cavalier to reach the NCAA semifinals, joining Brian Vahaly (2001), Somdev Devvarman (2006-08), Sanam Singh (2009) and Michael Shabaz (2011).

In doubles, the fourth-seeded duo of Jenkins and Styslinger downed the Florida team of Bob van Overbeek and Stephane Piro 7-6(5), 6-4. Jenkins and Styslinger will play second-seeded Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler of Duke.