Men's Tennis NCAA Quarterfinal ACCtion: Saturday, May 29

May 29, 2010

Cunha Advances To NCAA Semifinals

ATHENS, Ga. - Duke's freshman Henrique Cunha won by retirement in the NCAA Singles Quarterfinals on Saturday while the Blue Devils' top-ranked doubles team was eliminated.

Cunha, the No. 1 seed in the tournament and No. 2 player in the country, was going up against No. 9 Robert Farah of Southern California. The match was on serve with Cunha leading 2-1 when Farah suffered an injury. Cunha hit a winner down the line that Farah chased after and suffered a leg injury.

After an injury timeout the two players went back out on the court but Farah had limited movement as Cunha closed out the break to take a 3-1 lead. He quickly served out to go up 4-1 and Farah was forced to retire sending Cunha to the semifinals. Next up he will face No. 13 Bradley Klahn of Stanford University for a chance to play in the national championship match.

UNC Doubles Team Advances To NCAA Semifinals

ATHENS, GA. - UNC's Clay Donato and Stefan Hardy have advanced to the semifinals in doubles at the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships. This marks the second year Carolina has had a doubles team reach the final four of the bracket after Taylor Fogleman and Donato combined to do so last year.

Donato and Hardy won their third straight match Saturday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex at the University of Georgia as they defeated Brad Cox and Eric Quigley in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.

Donato and Hardy will now face the No. 2-seeded team of Davey Sandgren and John-Patrick Smith of Tennessee in the semifinals Sunday. Sandgren and Smith had to rally from a set down to oust Iain Atkinson and Steven Forman of Wake Forest 6-7, 7-5, 6-3. Sandgren and Smith were the 2009 NCAA runners-up in doubles after they lost a year ago to Michael Shabaz and Dominic Inglot of Virginia. Inglot sand Shabaz had beaten UNC's Donato and Fogleman in the semifinals 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Virginia's Courtney and Shabaz Reach NCAA Doubles Semifinals

ATHENS, Ga. - The Virginia doubles team of Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) and Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship during play on Quarterfinal Saturday at the Dan Magill Tennis Center. The duo upset the top-seeded team of Henrique Cunha and Reid Carleton of Duke 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3.

In the first set, the Cavalier team had a break point opportunity on Cunha's serve at 2-2 when the match was halted for an hour due to rain. After the break, they capitalized on that chance to pick up what turned out to be the only service break of the first set.

"It was a little weird sitting through the delay with that chance upcoming," said Courtney. "We were sitting in the locker room and just wanted to get out there and play that point. When we finally were able to get back out there, we won that point and that was a turning point in the match."

Wake Forest's Forman and Atkinson Drop Tough Decision To Tennessee In Quarterfinals

ATHENS, Ga. - The Wake Forest doubles team of senior Steven Forman and junior Iain Atkinson fell to Tennessee's Davey Sandgren and John-Patrick Smith Saturday afternoon in quarterfinal action of the NCAA Doubles Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

The No. 2 ranked Tennessee tandem claimed the match in three sets, by a score of 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-3. Both teams were serving well on the afternoon, as each held serve for the entire first set to force a tiebreaker. Tennessee jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and would not relinquish that lead on their way to a 7-4 victory that allowed them to claim the first set, 7-6.

The second set followed much the same pattern as the first, and each team held serve for the first ten games. Wake Forest was finally able to break the Volunteers to take a 6-5 lead, and Forman rallied off a series of strong serves to give the Deacons a 7-5 victory.

Tennessee quickly jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the third set. Forman and Atkinson battled back to claim two consecutive games but Tennessee held on for an eventual 6-3 victory.