NCAA Men's Tennis ACCtion: Friday, May 27

May 28, 2011

Blue Devils Move on to Quarterfinals with Wins

STANFORD, Calif. - Sophomore Henrique Cunha rallied back from a first set loss to win in three sets in singles and also teamed with Reid Carleton for a straight set victory in doubles on Friday in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships at Stanford, Calif.

Cunha matched up with No. 15 Dennis Nevolo from Illinois in the round of 16 for singles. Nevolo got an early break in the first set and would hold on to that advantage the rest of the way to take the set 6-4. He got off to a strong start in the second as well with a break on Cunha's opening serve but the second-year Duke player did not get rattled and broke right back on the next game. The second set stayed on serve until Cunha took a 5-3 lead with a break. He then served out the set to send the match into a deciding set.

Shabaz Returns to NCAA Singles Quarterfinals

STANFORD, Calif. - Virginia senior Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship for the second consecutive season as play continued Friday at the Taube Tennis Center. In doubles, the reigning champions of Shabaz and Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) were defeated in the round of 16.

Shabaz, the tournament's No. 3 seed, advanced with a 7-5, 6-4 win over No. 9-16 seed Austen Childs of Louisville, the 2010 NCAA runner-up. Shabaz was broken in his first service game of the match to fall behind 2-0, but broke back in the ensuing game. The set remained on serve until Shabaz broke Childs at 5-5 and then held to serve out the set. The second set featured just one service break, as Shabaz broke Childs at 3-3, and he never faced a break point on his serve as he closed out the win. Shabaz will play eighth-seeded Henrique Cunha of Duke in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Mirzadeh and Smith Earn All-American Honors with Doubles Victory

STANFORD, Calif. - Florida State's doubles team of senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) and sophomore Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) earned All-American honors tonight after a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 win in the round of 16 of the Doubles NCAA Championships.

The No. 13 doubles team defeated the No. 2 team in the nation in Drew Courtney and Michael Shabaz of Virginia. The Virginia duo was last year's National Champions.

King and Spir Eliminate Top Seed in NCAA Doubles Championship

STANFORD, Calif. - Continuing a standout season for the Georgia Tech doubles tandem, Kevin King and Juan Spir knocked off the top seed at the NCAA Doubles Championship Friday afternoon at the Taube Family Tennis Center, and advanced to the quarterfinals on Saturday.

The Tech duo, seeded 14th, eliminated the nation's top-ranked team of Boris Conkic and John-Patrick Smith of Tennessee, 6-3, 6-4, and moved on to face 7th-seeded Duke on Saturday. For a team which won the Southern Intercollegiate Championship and the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional, and advanced to the semifinals of the USTA/ITA Collegiate Indoor Championship in the fall, there is much more at stake this weekend.

Hernandez Falls Just Short in Upset Bid

STANFORD, Calif. - North Carolina sophomore Jose Hernandez fell just short in his bid to upset defending NCAA champion Bradley Klahn of Stanford University in the third round of singles of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center.

Klahn defeated Hernandez 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals. Hernandez outplayed the Stanford junior for much of the match, but a late third set service break proved to be the difference as the nation's ninth-ranked player edged the No. 22-ranked Hernandez. Hernandez broke Klahn at 1-1 in the 3rd set on a spectacular point. After several groundstroke rallies, Hernandez retrieved Klahn's apparent forehand winner on a dead run, managing to return the ball over his opponent's head on the backhand side. Hernandez looked to be in command serving at 4-3, but was broken and Klhan quickly won the next two games to close out the match.