Wake Forest Punches Ticket to Oklahoma

Virginia, North Carolina and Virginia Tech earn first round victories

No. 33 Hokies Knock Off No. 20 Kentucky, 4-3

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 33rd-ranked Virginia Tech men's tennis team advanced to the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship on Saturday as the Hokies knocked off 20th-ranked Kentucky 4-3 in Columbus, Ohio.

Tech (18-8) got out to the early lead after taking the doubles point with Jai Corbett and Mitch Harper pairing up on three to defeat Jake Stefanik and Ryotaro Matsumura, 6-3.

Virginia Tech clinched it as No. 21 Andreas Bjerrehus and Joao Monteiro defeated No. 43 Nils Ellefsen and Enzo Wallart, 6-3 at one.

Kentucky (19-10) evened it up at 1-1 to start singles with a win on five, but the Hokies reclaimed the advantage as 14th-ranked Monteiro downed 29th-ranked William Bushamuka 6-4, 6-4 on court one.

The Hokies went on top 3-1 with 77th-ranked Edoardo Tessaro's 6-3, 6-4 win over Enzo Wallart in the four.


UNC Advances With 4-0 Win Over Charleston

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Third-ranked North Carolina opened play in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship Saturday with a 4-0 first-round win over visiting College of Charleston at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. The victory set up a second-round meeting with No. 31 Tulane, which beat No. 41 Dartmouth 4-0 in the first of Saturday’s two NCAA men’s tennis matches in Chapel Hill.

“We’ll be ready to go,” UNC coach Sam Paul said. “Our team has been looking forward to this. Tulane is playing well – they’ve got a good team. It will be a great match tomorrow.”

The second-round match is set for 1 p.m., and the winner moves on to the NCAA Sweet 16 in Tulsa, Okla. Admission is $5 (free for kids 6 and under) and tickets are available at the entrance.

Heading into Saturday’s match, the Tar Heels (26-4) hadn’t played in three weeks, since the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship on April 23. During that span, the UNC players balanced practices and workouts with final exams. With the semester now over, however, tennis was again the focus and the Tar Heels, seeded second overall in the 64-team field, were determined to get off to a fast start.


No. 1 Virginia Advances To NCAA Second Round

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia men's tennis team (25-4) advanced to the second round of the 2016 NCAA Championship with a 4-0 victory over Monmouth (12-10) on Saturday (May 14) at the Snyder Tennis Center.

The Cavaliers will face No. 37 Penn State (22-8, 6-5 Big Ten) on Sunday, May 15 at 1 p.m. with the winner of that match advancing to the Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the final 16 teams will compete for the national championship May 20-24.

Penn State upset No. 25 Columbia, 4-3, in Saturday's early match to advance to the second round.

The Cavaliers clinched the doubles point after junior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) and senior Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) defeated Vidit Vaghela and Ale Gomez Estrada 6-0 at No. 2. Junior J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and sophomore Collin Altamirano (Sacramento, Calif.) secured the point with a 6-2 victory over Christian Vieira and Alberto Giuffrida at No. 3.


Deacons Advance With 4-2 Win Over Michigan

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest men's tennis team punched its ticket to the NCAA Championships with a come-from-behind 4-2 victory over 24th-ranked Michigan in the second round of the national tournament at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex on Saturday afternoon.

The sixth-seeded Demon Deacons fell behind, 2-0, but reeled off four-consecutive singles wins to extend their season. Christian Seraphim's 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 triumph at No. 5 singles sealed the win.

Wake Forest will take on No. 11 Oklahoma in the round of 16 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Friday at 8 p.m.

The Wolverines gained an early advantage in the match by rallying to win the doubles point. The No. 13-ranked duo of Seraphim and Skander Mansouri rolled to a 6-2 win at the top position, but Michigan negated match points at the second and third spots and pulled out tiebreaker wins in both matches to take a 1-0 lead.

After a short rain delay following the conclusion of the opening sets, Romain Bogaerts retired at No. 4 to give the Wolverines a 2-0 cushion.


Seminoles Season Ends With 4-3 Loss to Baylor

ATHENS, Ga. - The 2016 season ended in heartbreaking fashion Saturday as Florida State (18-9) lost to Baylor (16-13) in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament hosted by Georgia. It was the Noles ninth match this season that finished 4-3, with FSU going 4-5 in those matches.

The Noles opened the match winning the doubles point with wins on Courts 2 and 3. Off the court first was the sophomore duo of Jose Gracia and Terrance Whitehurst after they blanked Julian Lenz and Tyler Stayer, 6-0. After filling in for an injured Terrell Whitehurst midseason, Gracia and Whitehurst finish the season with an eight-match win streak and 10-2 overall record, including an 8-1 mark in the ACC.

On Court 2, freshman Aziz Dougaz and senior Michael Rinaldi used a late break to take down the Bears’ Jimmy Bendeck and Felipe Rios, 6-4. The Seminole pair won their final four matches of the season.

On Court 1, 17th-ranked Benjamin Lock and Marco Nunez were at match point, 6-6 (6-2), over No. 86 Tommy Podvinski and Max Tchoutakian when the match was abandoned.


Irish Drop Tough 4-1 Decision To Stanford In NCAA First Round

EVANSTON, Ill. — The first-round NCAA Championship meeting between the University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team and Stanford was everything that Callaghan Family Head Men’s Tennis Coach Ryan Sachire thought it would be.

The Irish and Cardinal played close matches up and down the lineup Saturday at the Combe Tennis Center on the campus of Northwestern University, but the Irish fell just short in a match that was closer than the final 4-1 score indicated.

Three equally tight doubles contests set the tone for the rest of the match, with all three sets decided by a 7-5 score. With the exception of a break by each team early on Court 2, the Irish and Cardinal held through the majority of doubles. Stanford got the first break on Court 1, with No. 23 Tom Fawcett and Maciek Romanowicz taking a 6-5 lead over 15th-ranked Irish seniors Alex Lawson and Quentin Monaghan, and the Cardinal pair held to win the first doubles decision.


Georgia Tech Falls To USC In NCAA Tournament

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Christopher Eubanks won his singles match and Georgia Tech won the doubles point Saturday, but the Yellow Jackets fell to No. 11 Southern California, 4-2, in the second round of the NCAA regional at Marks Stadium on the University of Southern California campus.

Tech’s season came to an end with a 17-9 record, while Southern California (16-6) advanced to the NCAA Championship round of 16, which begins May 19 in Tulsa, Okla.

The Yellow Jackets took the upper hand by winning the doubles point for the 20th time in 26 matches this season. Nathan Rakitt and Andrew Li scored a 6-3 win over Rob Bellamy and Tanner Smith, and Eubanks and Carlos Benito needed a tiebreaker to secure the point , defeating Thibault Forget and Max deVroome, 7-6 (7-5).

Forget, ranked No. 121 nationally in singles, made up for the doubles loss by taking a 6-3, 6-3 win over Daniel Yun on court 4 to tie the match.