Men's Tennis ACCtion: Saturday, February 7
Feb. 8, 2009
The 23rd-ranked Miami Hurricanes swept through the 63rd-ranked Clemson Tigers, 7-0, on Saturday afternoon with six singles and three doubles victories in men's tennis action which was also the ACC-opener for both programs at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center in Coral Gables, Fla. With the win, Miami improves to 3-2 (1-0 ACC), while Clemson falls even at 3-3 (0-1 ACC).
UM head coach Mario Rincon couldn't have asked for a better showing from his team on Saturday as the Hurricanes had to rally in the doubles sets to earn the point. Of the three sets, the No. 1 position was in come-from behind fashion, while the second (No. 2) went into a tie-break.
At the No. 1 position in doubles play, Miami's duo of David Simon and Christian Blocker ran out to a 5-1 advantage over the Tigers' Gera Boryachinskiy and Roz Bizjak before Clemson put on a furious rally. The Tigers went ahead 6-5 in the match before Miami used a 40-15 advantage, finished by a service ace from Blocker, to knot the match, 6-6. Miami used the last three points in the match to earn the 8-6 win.
Senior Christian Welte dominated the third set of his singles match to hand No. 14 Michigan its first loss of the season on Saturday, Feb. 7, in Nasheville, Tenn. The 4-3 win for the No. 43 NC State men's tennis team is the first over a top-15 opponent since the Pack defeated No. 11 Texas in the NCAA tournament in 2007. The win improves the Wolfpack to 4-3, and the Wolverines fall to 4-1.
Michigan won two of the doubles matches to earn an early lead for the Wolverines. The No. 8 pair of Mike Srocynski and Jason Jung defeated Welte and redshirt freshman Julian Sullivan, 8-5, at No. 1, and Chris Madden and Drew Daniel took down junior Frideric Prandecki and freshman Rob Lowe, 9-8(8-5), at No. 3. Senior Jay Weinacker and freshman Jaime Pulgar overpowered Andrew Mazlin and George Navas, 8-7(8-6), at No. 2.
Virginia Tech and No. 44 Penn State had another one of their tight battles before the Hokies pulled out a 4-2 victory Saturday afternoon at Penn State Indoor Tennis Center. Tech improved to 2-1 on the year while Penn State fell to 2-4.
Trailing 1-0, Tech jumped on top in singles play as Yoann Re (Jr., Verdun, Quebec, Canada), the reigning ACC Player of the Week, won his No. 1 match, 6-1, 7-6 (4), over Adam Slagter. The Hokies took a 3-1 lead as Luka Somen (Fr., Karlovac, Croatia) made short work of Jason Lee, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 4 and Pedro Graber (Jr., Santiago, Chile), ranked No. 101 nationally, also had no trouble at No. 3 dispensing Eddie Bourchier, 6-2, 6-2.
The Wake Forest men's tennis team split weekend matches, taking a 6-1 victory over William & Mary and falling 4-0 to No. 1 Ohio State. The Demon Deacons are now 4-2 in 2009.
Cory Parr and Steven Forman, Wake Forest's sixth-ranked doubles team, successfully defended their undefeated record by taking wins at No. 1 in both matches to improve to 4-0 in dual match action.
The Boston College men's tennis team picked up two victories over the weekend defeating Colgate 6-1 on Saturday morning and handing Boston University a 7-0 loss on Saturday night.
In the morning match, the Eagles won all three doubles matches against Colgate and collected victories in the singles competition in the top four spots.
Thomas Nolan, Erik Kreutzer and Akash Muppidi playing in the No. 1-3 positions all defeated their opponents in straight sets. Alex Rastorgouev and Michael Vann also recorded victories for the Eagles.