Men's Tennis NCAA ACCtion: Friday, May 28

May 29, 2010

Duke's Top Seeds Advance To Quarterfinals

ATHENS, Ga. - Both of Duke's No. 1 seeds advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Individual Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. on Friday.

Henrique Cunha and Reid Carleton picked up their second doubles win in as many days to move on to the quarterfinals with a three-set victory over No. 16 Amit Inbar and Nick Meister of UCLA. The Blue Devils broke UCLA's serve to go up 4-2 in the first set. The Bruins took a 40-love lead in the next game but failed to break three times as Carleton and Cunha notched five straight points to extend their lead. They went on to close out the set, 6-3.

"UCLA was a team that was hot coming in," said Calreton. "They had been playing really well and today was a very high-level match. We played pretty solid and the one game we got broken in the second set we had a couple of balls right by the lines so today was a good win for us."

North Carolina's Donato and Hardy Advance To NCAA Quarterfinals

ATHENS, Ga. - Clay Donato and Stefan Hardy of the University of North Carolina rallied from a set down to upset third-ranked Robert Farah and Steve Johnson of 2010 NCAA team champion Southern California in the second round of doubles at the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships at the University of Georgia Friday. Donato and Hardy fell in the opening set 6-2 before rallying to win the final two sets 6-4 and 6-1.

Donato and Hardy will now face Brad Cox and Eric Quigley of Kentucky Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. Live video links of the match can be found on NCAA.com.

Other quarterfinal matchups Saturday will include No. 1 Henrique Cunha and Reid Carleton of Duke vs. Drew Courtney and Michael Shabaz of Virginia at 4 p.m.; No. 4 Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher of Stanford vs. Andrei Daescu and Costin Paval of Oklahoma at 4 p.m.; and No. 2 Davey Sandgren and John-Patrick Smith of Tennessee vs. Iain Atkinson and Steven Forman of Wake Forest at 1:30 p.m.

Virginia's Shabaz, Courtney/Shabaz Advance To NCAA Quarterfinals

ATHENS, Ga. - On the third day of the 2010 NCAA Individual Championships, the Virginia men's tennis team had one singles player and one doubles team advance to the quarterfinals. Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) advanced in singles and teamed with Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) to advance in doubles.

Shabaz is in the doubles quarterfinals for the second consecutive year after winning last year's title with Dominic Inglot. On Friday, he and Courtney topped Dennis Nevolo and Marek Czerwinski of Illinois 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. The Cavalier duo broke serve twice in the first set to take it 6-3. The Illini team returned the favor in the second set to force a third set. The final set was tied at 1-all with Czerwinski serving at deuce. Courtney ripped a cross-court forehand winner that caught the line.

After the delay, Courtney and Shabaz made sure that the Illini wouldn't have a chance to get back on serve, losing just one point on their serve the rest of the match to serve out the win. They will play top-seeded Henrique Cunha and Reid Carleton of Duke in the quarterfinals.

Wake Forest's Forman and Atkinson Upset Buckeyes To Reach NCAA Doubles Quarterfinals

ATHENS, Ga. - The Wake Forest doubles team of senior Steven Forman and junior Iain Atkinson upset Ohio States' Chase Buchanan and Dino Marcan in three sets Friday to reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

By virtue of their 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 win over the Buckeyes, who were in the group of teams seeded No. 5-8, the Deacon duo will face No. 2 seeds Davey Sandgren and John-Patrick Smith of Tennessee in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Both teams held serve for the first eight games of the match. With the score tied at 4-4 and the Buckeyes serving at deuce, Forman cracked an inside-out backhand return for a winner to give the Deacs a set point. Atkinson followed with a nicely angled backhand return of his own that Buchanan could not get a racket on to give Wake Forest the first set 6-4.

The Buckeyes came out firing in the second set and jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Forman held serve to close the gap to 3-1, and Buchanan missed an overhead on break point in the next game to put the Deacs back on serve. Each team won a series of tough service games before the Buckeyes finally broke serve again to take the second set 7-5.

Georgia Tech's Gomez Falls In NCAA Round of 16

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia Tech's Guillermo Gomez, the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship, dropped a 6-4, 6-4 decision Friday to Bradley Klahn of Stanford in the round of 16 at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

Klahn, the nation's 13th-ranked player, was able to get a service break at 4-4 in each set, then serve out the set. In the first set, Gomez went ahead 40-0 on his serve, but Klahn rallied to win and take the lead. In the second set, he broke Gomez on a double fault for the game.

"He played very fast and had a big forehand," said Gomez. "He wanted to play very short points. I didn't play as well as I can play, but felt I was very close through the whole match. I have to give him a lot of credit. He broke me when it was 4-4 in the first set, and I made some mistakes. I just have to draw on that for next year. But it has been a good year for me and for our team."