NCAA Men's Tennis ACCtion: Saturday, May 28

May 28, 2011

Virginia's Shabaz Advances to Semifinals of NCAA Singles Championship

STANFORD, Calif. - Virginia senior Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championship as play continued Saturday with quarterfinals at the Taube Tennis Center. Shabaz defeated Henrique Cunha of Duke 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 to reach the semifinals for the first time in his career.

Shabaz, the tournament's No. 3 seed, rallied from dropping the first set to the eighth-seeded Cunha. The players combined for four service breaks in the match's first six games and the first set was on serve at 5-5. Cunha used a late break to take a lead and served out to win the opening set. Shabaz opened up an early 3-0 lead in the second set, breaking Cunha's in his first service game. That was the only break of the set as Shabaz served out for 6-3 and force a decisive set. Shabaz kept his momentum going in the third set, jumping out to a 4-0 lead. After each player held serve, Shabaz broke Cunha's serve a third time in the set to close out the victory.

Georgia Tech's King and Spir Oust No. 7 Seed Duke From NCAA Doubles

STANFORD, Calif. - Staring down a familiar foe in Saturday's quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship, Georgia Tech's Kevin King and Juan Spir dropped the first set in a tiebreaker, but rallied to defeat 7th-seeded Reid Carleton and Henrique Cunha of Duke, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4.

The Tech duo, which knocked off the championship's top seed Friday, advanced to the semifinals, where they will face the fourth-seeded Texas A&M team of Jeff Dadamo and Austin Krajicek on Sunday. They defeated the fifth-seeded Baylor team of Roberto Maytin and John Peers in straight sets Saturday.

Saturday's match between the Atlantic Coast Conference rivals, delayed twice by rain showers, was as tight as it could've been. Carleton and Cunha squeezed out a 7-5 win in the tiebreaker to take the first set. The teams held serve through the first six games of the second set before the Jackets won a service break to go up 4-3, and Tech held serve to win the set and even the match, 6-4.

The third set was similar, but this time King and Spir broke through on Duke's serve in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead. Despite a double-fault from King, Tech served out the match to win the deciding set, 6-4.

Duke Players End Run at NCAA Championships

STANFORD, Calif. - Saturday marked the end of Duke's tennis season as Henrique Cunha suffered a loss in singles and the team of Cunha and Reid Carleton fell in doubles during the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Individual Championships at Stanford, Calif.

Cunha was defeated in a matchup between two top 10 players. No. 8 Cunha went up against No. 5 Michael Shabaz of Virginia in a battle of ACC foes. The first set featured a total of five breaks with the key one coming at 5-5 with Cunha going up 6-5. He was then able to serve out the first set for the 7-5 win.

Shabaz was able to jump out 3-0 in the second set with a break and then would hold serve throughout for the 6-3 victory. In the deciding third set it was all Shabaz as the Virginia senior took the set 6-1 after leading 4-0 to start the set.

Mirzadeh Closes Out Career at Florida State

STANFORD, Calif. - After a successful three-year career at Florida State, senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) played in is his last match wearing the Garnet and Gold. Mirzadeh and sophomore Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) advanced farther in the Doubles NCAA Tournament then anyone before them by reaching the quarterfinals. In a match that was interrupted twice by weather, the Seminoles lost 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-2.

Florida State's No. 13 doubles team squared off against Stanford's Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher, the No. 3 team in the nation. In the first set, the teams battled back and forth until tying the set at 6-6. In the tiebreaker, FSU took a quick 3-0 lead to eventually win 7-3.

In the second set, Florida State was serving with the score 1-1 when Stanford broke the `Noles. That was all Stanford needed to do as they went on to win the second set 6-4. In the third set, Florida State was broken early for Stanford to gain that lead and win 6-2.