Men Tennis ACCtion: Friday, January 22
Jan. 23, 2010
Virginia Wins Road Opener 6-1 at Illinois
The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. No. 17 ranked Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) and Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) gave Virginia the early advantage as they cruised to an 8-1 win over Abe Souza and Connor Roth at the No. 3 position. Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) clinched the opening point for UVa with an 8-6 win at No. 2 over Marek Czerwinski and Stephen Hoh. In the final doubles match, the Illini duo of Dennis Nevolo and Johnny Hamui topped Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) and Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) 8-5 at the top position.
Third-ranked Shabaz doubled the Cavalier lead early in singles with his 6-4, 6-3 win over No. 43 Nevolo at No. 1 singles. Courtney made the score 3-0 as he completed a 6-4, 6-2 victory at No. 3 singles over Czerwinski. Barrick clinched the Cavalier victory at No. 6 singles with his 6-4, 6-3 win over Roth. At No. 2 singles, Singh recorded Virginia’s fourth straight-set victory, as he defeated Hamui 6-2, 6-2. Illinois (0-1) got on the board at No. 4 singles where Souza rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 won over Jenkins. Singer completed the match by defeating Hoh 6-3, 7-6 at No. 5 singles.
No. 52 NC State Falls to No. 55 Vanderbilt, 6-1
The Commodores earned the first point of the day against the Wolfpack in what was a hard fought battle between the three matches. The duo of Rob Lowe and Frideric Prandecki lost in-a tie breaker to Adam Baker and Alex Zotov, 9-8 (4). Behind the entire match, the tandem of Dominic Hodgson and Dave Thomson won their tie-breaker over Ryan Lipman and Charlie Jones, 9-8 (1). Jaime Pulgar and Fernando Banos fell to Vijay Paul and Bryant Salcedo in the deciding match, 8-6.
Leading off doubles play, Hodgson was beaten 7-6(1), 6-2, by Salcedo at the No. 3 spot. Pulgar took the first set againt Lipman in No. 1 singles, but lost 1-6, 7-5, 6-3. At the No. 2 slot, Lowe was defeated by Paul, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, to clinch the win for Vanderbilt.
Tech rolls at Hokie Challenge
The format includes eight singles flights and four doubles flights with round-robin competition in all flights. There will be no team scoring in the event and winners in each flight will be determined by the following method: 1) won-loss record, 2) head to head, 3) total sets won and 4) total games won. Play begins on Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. with Tech in action Saturday at 2 p.m and Sunday at noon.