NCAA Men's Tennis ACCtion: Wednesday, May 25

May 26, 2011

Cunha Advances to NCAA Singles Second Round

STANFORD, Calif. - Duke sophomore Henrique Cunha got off to a strong start in the NCAA Individual Singles Championships with a straight set victory on Wednesday.

Cunha, the No. 8 seed in the tournament, squared off against No. 40 Sekou Bangoura Jr. from the University of Florida in the first round of the field of 64. The match was all Cunha, who won the first set 6-2 and the second set 6-4. He improves to 35-9 overall on the year and picks up his 20th win over a ranked opponent.

Gomez Advances in NCAA Singles Championship

STANFORD, Calif. - Georgia Tech's Guillermo Gomez advanced in the NCAA Men's Singles Championship Wednesday with a rain-delayed 7-5, 6-4 victory over Washington's Kyle McMorrow at the Taube Family Tennis Center.

The Tech senior, seeded 14th, improved to 4-3 career in NCAA singles competition, getting out of the first round for the third straight year. Gomez has a 33-7 record this year, including a 12-6 mark against ranked foes. McMorrow is ranked 49th.

UNC's Hernandez Wins in Come-From-Behind Fashion

STANFORD, Calif. - Jose Hernandez of the University of North Carolina men's tennis team defeated Sacramento State's Kiryl Harbatsiuk 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the first round of the NCAA Singles Tournament Wednesday evening at Stanford University. Hernandez is the sole Tar Heel in the singles draw of 64 and he won his opening match in come-from-behind fashion.

He improves to 29-12 this season with 10 of those wins over nationally-ranked singles foes. He will face Florida's Alexandre Lacroix at 11 am PST on Thursday in the Round of 32.

Shabaz and Jenkins Advance in NCAA Singles Championship

STANFORD, Calif. - Two members of the Virginia men's tennis team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship as play began Wednesday at the Taube Tennis Center. Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) and Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) won their first round matches, while Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) and Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) fell in first round action.

Shabaz, the tournament's No. 3 seed, advanced with a 2-0 (def.) win over Marcelo Arevalo of Tulsa. Arevalo was defaulted during the third game of the first set for his third code violation of the match for audible obscenities. Shabaz will meet Dean Jackson of San Diego in the second round on Thursday.

Somen Wins Opening Match at NCAA Championships

STANFORD, Calif. - Despite a rain delay of over two hours, Virginia Tech junior Luka Somen had a successful first day of competition at the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Singles Championships at the Taube Tennis Center on the Stanford University campus.

Somen (Karlovac, Croatia), ranked No. 59 nationally and an All-ACC selection, defeated 52nd-ranked Tucker Vorster (Mississippi), 6-3, 4-3, ret. Somen will face eighth-ranked and No. 8 seed Henrique Cunha (Duke) Thursday in the Round of 32. Cunha, a 2010 national semifinalist, defeated Somen, 6-4, 6-3, during the regular season.

Mirzadeh Falls in First Round

STANFORD, Calif. - In the first round of singles play, Florida State's Vahid Mirzadeh fell in the Individual NCAA Championships. The senior will return to the courts tomorrow for the first round of doubles play. No. 25 Mirzadeh, a native of Wellington, Fla., dropped to No. 58 Amit Inbar of UCLA 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.

After losing the first set, Mirzadeh was down 5-1 in the second set. The senior stepped up his game and proceeded to win six straight games to force a third set. During the second set his opponent had match point, but was held off.