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May 26, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - Duke junior Henrique Cunha had his season come to an end Saturday afternoon in a 6-4, 6-3 loss to third-ranked Eric Quigley of Kentucky in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship, held at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Cunha closes a standout junior campaign with an overall record of 41-10 and a mark of 26-9 against ranked singles players after earning All-America honors in singles for the third consecutive year.
Cunha, the No. 5 overall seed, and Quigley stayed on serve until late in the opening set when Quigley broke service to win by a 6-4 margin. In the second set, Cunha went up a break early for a 3-1 lead but Quigley responded by taking the next five games on his way to a 6-3 victory.
"I think the overall season went pretty well," Cunha said. "I had some good matches and played some good tennis. I don't think I played my best tennis in this last tournament, but I managed to win some matches and lost today to a good player. I'm looking forward to the summer break and my last season at Duke."
ATHENS, Ga. - The Virginia men's tennis team had its 2012 season come to an end as two players fell in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship on Saturday at the Dan Magill Tennis Center. Mitchell Frank (Annandale, Va.) and Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) had become the fifth and sixth different Cavaliers to reach the quarterfinals, but neither could advance to the semifinals.
Frank, the No. 2 seed, fell to No. 9 Blaz Rola of Ohio State 7-6(5), 6-1. Domijan, ranked No. 39 nationally, lost in three sets to No. 1 and defending champion Steve Johnson of USC, 6-0, 5-7, 6-1.
Domijan suffered a slow start that saw Johnson win the first set at love. The second set remained on serve until Domijan broke Johnson's serve to take a 6-5 lead. He held serve in the next game to win the set 7-5 and force a decisive set. For Johnson, who has a 70-match collegiate winning streak, it was only the fourth set he has lost this spring. Johnson broke Domijan early to take a 3-0 lead in the final set and served for the match at 5-1. It took a seven-deuce game, including Johnson double faulting on his first four match points, to finally serve out with 6-0, 5-7, 6-1 win.