Men's Tennis NCAA ACCtion: Thursday, May 27

May 27, 2010

Duke's Cunha Sets School Record as Blue Devil Players Advance

ATHENS, Ga. - Duke's Henrique Cunha set a new school record for singles victories in a season on Thursday while also winning in doubles with Reid Carleton in the round of 32 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

Cunha broke a tie with Ludovic Walter (36-9, 2003-04) and Andres Pedroso (36-13, 2000-01) for the single season wins mark by claiming his 37th victory of 2009-10. In the second round of the NCAA singles championships, he cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 37 Gonzalo Escobar of Texas Tech to improve to 37-5 overall. Cunha has now won 22 consecutive singles matches and has an impressive record of 25-3 against ranked opponents this season.

Georgia Tech's Gomez Advances to Round of 16 of NCAA Singles Championship

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia Tech's Guillermo Gomez, the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship, captured a hard-fought, straight-set match over Alabama's Saketh Myneni, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 Thursday and advanced to the third round of the championship at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

After outlasting Myneni in a first set that remained on serve, Gomez broke his opponent twice in the first three games of the second set, taking a 3-0 lead before holding on to win.

"Myneni played well today, and I knew that he would come in and hit some big shots," said Gomez, who defeated the Crimson Tide player in last year's opening round. "The first set was very close and then in the second set he started making some mistakes that he did not make in the first set. I was able to take advantage of those mistakes to get some breaks."

No. 19 Donato and Hardy Advance In NCAA Doubles, Donato Falls In Singles

ATHENS, GA. - The only Tar Heel doubles duo to reach the NCAA Division I Men's Championships have progressed into the second round. Nineteenth-ranked Clay Donato and Stefan Hardy were victorious over #28 Denes Lukacs and Roberto Maytin of Baylor, 6-3, 6-4.

Donato and Hardy will face either Emanu Brighiu and Christopher Price of TCU or Robert Farah and Steve Johnson from team national champions Southern California in the second round Friday from the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

Donato, a senior, saw his singles career end Thursday morning in the second round of singles at Athens, Ga. A Toronto native, Donato won his first round match Wednesday but he fell to 10th-ranked Dimitar Kutrovsky 6-4, 6-4 in the second round Thursday.

Virginia's Shabaz and Singh Advance to NCAA Round of 16

ATHENS, Ga. - On the second day of the 2010 NCAA Individual Championships, the Virginia men's tennis team had two singles players and one doubles team advance to the round of 16. Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) and Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) advanced in singles, as did the doubles team of Shabaz and Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.).

Shabaz, who won the doubles title last year with Dominic Inglot, opened play in this year's tournament teaming with Courtney for a 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 5-8 seed Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo of Texas A&M. The Cavalier duo served well, holding in every service game, and got one break in each set to secure the win. They will play the Illinois team of Dennis Nevolo and Marek Czerwinski in the round of 16.

Wake Forest's Forman and Atkinson Advance to NCAA Doubles Round of 16

ATHENS, Ga. - The Wake Forest doubles team of Steven Forman and Iain Atkinson advanced to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Doubles Championship with a hard-fought 7-6(4), 7-6(2) victory over Fresno State's Remi Boutillier and Rikus de Villiers Thursday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

The match was a battle of big servers, and breaks were hard to come by. Neither team could break serve in the first set, sending it to a tiebreak. Forman and Atkinson jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held on to take the tiebreak 7-4.

The second set would be just as close. Boutillier and de Villiers got an early break to take a 4-2 lead. De Villiers served for the second set at 5-4, but the Deacons broke at love to even the match at 5-5. Both teams held serve, sending the set to another tiebreak. A nice reflex volley by Atkinson gave the Deacs an early mini-break, and they cruised to a 7-2 tiebreak victory to clinch the match.