NCAA Men's Tennis ACCtion: Thursday, May 26

May 27, 2011

Duke Has Impressive Day at NCAA Championships

STANFORD, Calif. - Duke's Henrique Cunha and Reid Carleton had impressive showings for the Blue Devils on the second day of the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships in Stanford, Calif.

Cunha, the No. 8 seed in the tournament, advanced to the round of 16 in the singles bracket with a quick victory over No. 59 Luka Somen of Virginia Tech. Cunha was able to jump out to a fast start with two breaks in the first set to take a 4-0 lead. After the two players exchanged points to make it 5-1, Cunha broke serve for the third time to win the first set 6-1. The second set was all Cunha as well as he broke twice on his way to a 5-0 lead before closing out the match with a 6-1 second-set victory.

Gomez, King and Spir Play on at NCAA Championships

STANFORD, Calif. - Guillermo Gomez advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA Singles Championship for the second straight year, while Georgia Tech's doubles team of Kevin King and Juan Spir advanced in their first round match of NCAA Doubles Thursday at the Taube Family Tennis Center.

Gomez, the 14th seed, took out No. 41 Costin Poval of Oklahoma, 7-6, 7-5, Thursday, winning the first-set tiebreaker by a 7-4 count. The senior from Alicante, Spain, earned a spot in the round of 16 against the third seed, Rhyne Williams of Tennessee, who eliminated Georgia's Javier Garrapiz, 6-1, 6-1, Thursday.

Shabaz, Courtney/Shabaz Advance at NCAA Championships

STANFORD, Calif. - The Virginia men's tennis team had one singles player and one doubles team advance to the round of 16 during day two of the NCAA Individual Championships at the Taube Tennis Center. Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) advanced in singles and the team of Shabaz and Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) advanced in doubles.

Shabaz, the tournament's No. 3 seed, advanced with 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over Dean Jackson of San Diego. He fell behind early, suffering the only break of serve in the first set in the fourth game of the match, and Jackson served out to take the first set. The second set remained on serve until Shabaz broke Jackson in the final game to win it 7-5. In the third set, Shabaz opened up a 3-0 lead and served for the match at 5-3. Jackson broke to get back on serve, at 5-4, but Shabaz broke right back to close out the match. Shabaz will play 9-16 seed Austen Childs of Louisville in the round of 16 on Friday.

Hernandez Upsets Lacroix in NCAA Second Round

STANFORD, Calif. - North Carolina sophomore Jose Hernandez (Santo Domingo, Domincan Republic) pulled off an upset of seventh-ranked Alexandre Lacroix of Florida Thursday afternoon to advance to the Round of 16 of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships at Stanford University's Taube Family Tennis Center.

Hernandez, ranked No. 22 nationally, defeated Lacroix 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in the second round. Lacroix was the tournament's No. 6 seed and he is ranked seventh by the ITA. Hernandez improved to 30-12 on the season and has now beaten 11 nationally-ranked opponents amongst his 30 wins. Lacroix ended his season with a brilliant 36-11 singles ledger. The Gator is a three-time first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection and a three-time All-America (twice in singles and once in doubles).

FSU Doubles Advances to Round of 16

STANFORD, Calif. - Florida State's doubles team of senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) and sophomore Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) won in the first round of the Doubles NCAA Championships today. The duo will return to the courts tomorrow to play in the Round of 16.

"Connor and I just wanted to stick to the basics and not do anything too special for the first round doubles," said Mirzadeh. "We just wanted to play smart tennis and stay poised out there. We didn't really know anything about our opponents; it was our first time ever against them. We tried to get through the first round and we did."

Somen Eliminated at NCAA Championships

STANFORD, Calif. - Virginia Tech's Luka Somen was eliminated Thursday afternoon in the Round of 32 at the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Singles Championships. The event is being held at the Taube Tennis Center on the Stanford University campus.

Somen (Jr., Karlovac, Croatia), ranked No. 59 nationally and an All-ACC selection, lost, 6-1, 6-1, to eighth-ranked and No. 8 seed Henrique Cunha (Duke). Cunha, a 2010 national semifinalist, had defeated Somen, 6-4, 6-3, during the regular season.