NCAA Men's Tennis ACCtion: Sunday, May 26

May 26, 2013

NCAA Championships

Jenkins to Play for NCAA Singles and Doubles Titles Monday

URBANA, Ill. - Virginia senior Jarmere Jenkins (College Park. Ga.) will play for both NCAA Individual Championships on Monday after a pair of semifinal victories on Sunday at the Atkins Tennis Center. Jenkins followed a singles semifinal victory in the afternoon with a doubles semifinal victory with Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) in the evening.

On Monday, Jenkins will look to become the fourth player of modern era (since 1977) to win the NCAA Tennis Triple Crown by capturing the team, singles and doubles title in the same season. Alex O'Brien of Stanford was the first to accomplish the feat in 1992 and was followed Bob Bryan of Stanford in 1998 and Matias Boeker of Georgia in 2001. Boeker is the last player to reach both the men's singles and doubles final in the season.

Jenkins, the singles tournament's No. 3 seed, reached the final with a 7-6(1), 7-6(3) semifinal victory over No. 9-16 seed Sebastian Fanselow of Pepperdine.

In doubles, the fourth-seeded duo of Jenkins and Styslinger topped second-seeded Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler of Duke, 7-5, 6-3. They become the third Virginia team to reach the NCAA Doubles Final. Michael Shabaz and Dominic Inglot won the title in 2009 and Shabaz repeated as champion in 2010, teaming with Drew Courtney.

Cunha, Hemmeler Fall in NCAA Semifinals

URBANA, Ill. – Senior Henrique Cunha and sophomore Raphael Hemmeler of the Duke men’s tennis team run came to an end Sunday afternoon in the semifinals of the 2013 NCAA Doubles Championship at the Kahn Tennis Complex.

Cunha and Hemmeler, the second-seeded pair in the field, dropped a 7-5, 6-3 decision to No. 4 Jamere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger of Virginia. 

With the loss, Cunha and Hemmeler close the season with an overall 39-5 record, including 24 victories over ranked opponents. The duo’s 39 victories on the season is second on Duke’s all-time charts in single season wins by a doubles tandem, two wins shy of the 41 victories posted by Cunha and Reid Carleton in 2010.

Cunha’s stellar career at Duke comes to a close. A four-time All-American, he will leave Duke owning or sharing 21 of the program’s records, including 151 wins in singles and 147 victories in doubles.