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May 25, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - Junior Henrique Cunha rallied from a first-set loss in singles to advance to the tournament quarterfinals for the third-straight year Friday in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Friday's action also saw Cunha and sophomore Chris Mengel's run in the doubles tournament ended in the Round of 16 with a heartbreaking three-set loss.
Cunha, seeded fifth overall in the singles tournament, outlasted No. 40 Gonzalo Escobar of Texas Tech in three sets Friday morning following Escobar's upset of No. 12 Costin Paval of Oklahoma in the Round of 16. Cunha and Escobar traded breaks early in the first set of their contest, but Escobar broke serve again late to win by a 6-4 margin. However, Cunha responded with a 6-2 second-set victory to force a deciding set. The Duke junior then cruised to a 6-1 win in the third set to close out the match.
With the victory, Cunha advances to the singles quarterfinals for the third consecutive season, becoming the first player in Duke men's tennis history to do so. The Jaú, Brazil native also pushed the program single-season wins record to 41 and improved his career singles ledger to 117-25, moving him within one win of tying current head coach Ramsey Smith for the second-most career victories in school history.
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia Tech's All-American doubles team of Kevin King and Juan Spir came up short in a valiant rally from a first-set loss, falling to Mississippi's Chris and Marcel Thiemann, 7-6, 3-6, 6-4, Friday in the second round of the NCAA Doubles Championship.
The third-seeded Yellow Jackets lost for only the fifth time all year, finishing the season 22-5. It also was the final match in a Tech uniform for King, a senior from Peachtree City, Ga. He and Spir completed their doubles career at Georgia Tech with a 71-26 mark.
King finished his career with 90 doubles victories overall, surpassing the previous Tech career record of 82 by Sergio Aguirre (1997-01). Spir, a junior from Medellin, Colombia, has 75 doubles wins in three years.
ATHENS, Ga. - For the first time in program history, the Virginia men's tennis team has two quarterfinalists at the NCAA Singles Championship. Mitchell Frank (Annandale, Va.) and Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel Fla.) advanced to the quarterfinals during Friday's round of 16 play at the Dan Magill Tennis Center.
This year marks the seventh consecutive year Virginia has had a player reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Men's Singles Championship. It sets a new record for the longest streak in the modern era (since 1977), a mark previously held by USC (1993-98) and Stanford (1997-2002).
Frank, the No. 2 seed, advanced with a 6-1, 6-4 third round win over No. 11 Wil Spencer of Georgia. Domijan, ranked No. 39 nationally, downed No. 15 Alex Musialek of Kentucky 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 in his third round match. They become the fifth and sixth Cavaliers in history to reach a NCAA quarterfinal, joining Brian Vahaly (2000, 2001), Somdev Devvarman (2006, 2007, 2008), Sanam Singh (2009), and Michael Shabaz (2010, 2011).