Men's Tennis NCAA ACCtion: Wednesday, May 26

May 26, 2010

Four Cavaliers Win in NCAA Singles Championship First Round

ATHENS, Ga. - All four members of the Virginia men's tennis team competing in the NCAA Singles Championship won their first round match on Wednesday at the Dan Magill Tennis Center. Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.), Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India), Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) and Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) all advanced to the round of 32.

Virginia tied the NCAA Singles Championship record with four players in the round of 32. The Cavaliers are the sixth school in history to accomplish the feat. They join 2001 Duke (Ramsey Smith, Marko Cerenko, Andres Pedroso and Philip King), 1998 Stanford (Mike Bryan, Bob Bryan, Paul Goldstein and Ryan Wolters), 1984 USC (Rick Leach, Todd Witsken, Jorge Lozano and Matt Anger), 1978 USC (Glenn Petrovic, Chris Lewis, Robert Van't Hof and Charles Strode) and 1978 Trinity (Ben McKown, Larry Gottfried, Tony Giammalva and Erick Iskersky).

Duke's Cunha Wins First Match At NCAA Championships

ATHENS, Ga. - Freshman Henrique Cunha advanced to the second round of the NCAA Individual Singles Championships and tied a single season wins record at Duke with a straight-set victory on Wednesday.

Cunha, the top seed in the tournament and No. 2 player in the ITA singles rankings, defeated No. 18 Pedro Zerbini of California 6-3, 6-1. The win was the 36th of the season for Cunha as he improves to 36-5 overall and has a 21-match winning streak.

"I served real well and I think that was the key in the beginning of the match to keep holding my serve," said Cunha. "I was real nervous at the beginning, but I served well at important moments and then started playing well the rest of the way."

Georgia Tech's Gomez Survives, Advances In NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia Tech's Guillermo Gomez, the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship, survived a first-round scare from Wisconsin's Moritz Baumann, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

With the score tied 4-4 in the third set, Gomez held serve then finally broke 22nd-ranked Baumann, beating the Badger standout for the third time in his career.

"It was very close until the last game," said Gomez, who is appearing in the NCAA Singles Championship for the third straight year. "The first match is always the most difficult one."

Gomez will play Alabama's Saketh Myneni in the second round of the 64-player tournament on Thursday. Myneni defeated Radford's Ivan Salec 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 on Wednesday.

UNC Splits Singles Matches At NCAA Championship

ATHENS, GA. - On the opening day of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships singles action, a pair of North Carolina players split their matches in the Round of 64. Senior Clay Donato won in straight sets while freshman Jose Hernandez lost a tough three-setter.

Donato, ranked 43rd nationally, won a first set tiebreaker en route to a first-round win over 50th-ranked Neal Slupski of LSU. Donato now advances to second round singles to be played Thursday. Donato won by a score of 7-6, 6-3.

Hernandez, ranked No. 44, was matched up with No. 47 Dennis Nevolo of Illinois in what proved to be a match as even as the rankings would indicate. Nevolo won the first set in a tiebreaker 7-6 before Hernandez won the second set 6-0. Nevolo then came back to win the third set in a close 6-4 decision.

Wake Forest's Carleton, Forman Drop Close Matches in NCAA Singles Openers

ATHENS, Ga. - Members of the men's tennis team ran into a Big XII buzzsaw in first round of the NCAA Singles Championships, as freshman Tripper Carleton dropped a tight three-set match to Texas Tech's Gonzalo Escobar and senior Steven Forman fell in straight sets to Jeff Dadamo of Texas A&M on Wednesday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

After losing a shaky first set 6-2, Carleton woke up with a 6-2 showing of his own in the second to force a deciding third set against Escobar, the 37th-ranked player in the country. The two traded breaks in the opening games of the final set but then held serve for the next nine games. Carleton had two break points on Escobar's serve at 5-5, but the Red Raider player hit two winners to draw even, eventually holding serve to go ahead 6-5. Carleton fell in an early 0-30 hole in the next game and could never recover, as Escobar closed out the 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 victory.

Carleton is the first freshman in Wake Forest history to be selected to the NCAA Singles Championships, and he finishes his rookie year with a singles record of 14-11.

Virginia Tech's Re Eliminated at NCAA Championships

ATHENS, Georgia - Virginia Tech senior Yoann Re saw his college career come to an end Wednesday evening dropping an opening round match at the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Singles Championships. The event is being played at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the University of Georgia campus.

Re (Sr., Verdun, Quebec, Canada), ranked No. 55 nationally and an All-ACC selection, dropped a, 6-3, 1-6, 6-0, decision to No. 36 Boris Conkic (Tennessee). He concludes a very successful season playing at the No. 1 position. During the year, Re picked up victories over current No. 12 Eric Quigley (Kentucky), No. 27 Bruno Rosa (Rice), No. 31 Jean-Yves Aubone (Florida State), No. 67 Christopher Nott (Arkansas) and No. 69 Calin Paar (Nebraska). He concludes his Tech career with 82 singles victories.

Seminoles End Careers At NCAA Singles Tournament

ATHENS, Ga. - Seniors Jean-Yves Aubone and Vahid Mirzadeh finished their careers at Florida State with a loss in the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Singles Championships. Both of the Seminoles lost to a pair of Buckeyes in the first round at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia.

No. 31 Aubone (Miami, Fla.) faced the No. 7 seed Chase Buchanan, No. 8 in the nation, of Ohio State. He lost the match 6-4, 6-2. Aubone closes out a stellar career at Florida State as a two time All-American and one time ACC Player of the Year. This season Aubone was named to the All-ACC team for the third time and is the ITA Southeast Region's Senior Player of the Year.