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May 31, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. - The Virginia doubles team of Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) and Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) advanced to the finals of the NCAA Doubles Championship with a 7-6(3), 7-6(7) win over Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thatcher of Stanford in a semifinal match Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Center. The pair will meet Davey Sandgren and John-Patrick Smith of Tennessee in the final on Monday.
"It feels great to be in the final," said Shabaz. "It is always exciting when you are playing for a National Championship. It doesn't matter if it is in the team, in singles or in doubles, it is a great opportunity to win a championship."
In the first set, the Cavalier team jumped out to a quick start, breaking Klahn's serve in the opening game. They held that advantage until the Stanford team broke Shabaz's serve to draw even at 3-3. Both sides held serve the remainder of the set and it went to a tiebreaker. Stanford went up an early mini-break at 3-1, only to see the Cavalier team roll off six straight points to take the breaker 7-3.
ATHENS, Ga. - After a brilliant run in the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships, Clay Donato and Stefan Hardy of the University of North Carolina fell in the semifinals of doubles Sunday afternoon at Henry Feild Stadium on the University of Georgia campus. Donato and Hardy lost to second-ranked Davey Sandgren and John-Patrick Smith of Tennessee by a 6-3, 6-2 score.
This marked the second straight year that a Tar Heel doubles team has advanced to the NCAA semifinals. Donato combined with Taylor Fogleman to reach the semifinals a year ago.
Sandgren and Smith advance to the NCAA finals in doubles for the second successive year. Donato and Hardy won three matches in this year's tournament before fall to the Volunteer pair. In the second round, Donato and Hardy enjoyed an upset win over the nation's No. 3 team from USC.
ATHENS, Ga. - Duke freshman Henrique Cunha had his stellar season come to a close with a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Stanford's Bradley Klahn in the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championships on Sunday in Athens, Ga.
The match featured two weather delays mixed in with play between two of the top players in the nation. Cunha, the No. 1 seed in the tournament and No. 2 player in the ITA singles rankings, led 1-0 on serve and had a break chance at 30-40 when the first delay occurred. For the second straight day a match Cunha was involved in was delayed early in the first set as the same happened on Saturday in his doubles contest.
When the match resumed after 30 minutes, Klahn, the No. 13 player in the country, came back to hold serve and would then break Cunha twice on his way to winning the final five games for a 6-2 first set victory.