Men's Tennis ACCtion: Sunday, March 2
March 3, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland men's tennis team played an inspired match against No. 43 Louisville on Sunday, and walked out of the Tennis Center at College Park with the Terps' first win over a ranked opponent this season.
Maryland's 4-3 win improved its record to 6-2 on the season. Louisville dropped to 10-3.
After losing the doubles point at home for the first time this season in their win over Penn on Friday, the Terps did not disappoint at doubles Sunday, winning two of the three matches.
Playing at No. 2 doubles, Maryland's Amit Inbar and Nickolai Nielsen earned a win when they quickly upended Robert Rotaru and David Simon, 8-1.
Michael Coleman and David Kwon gave a great effort against Louisville's Viktor Maksimcuk and Pablo Camacho at No. 3 doubles, but in the end lost, 8-5.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 16 ranked Florida State men's tennis team defeated No. 25 Texas A&M 6-1 Sunday afternoon at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The Seminoles (9-1, 1-0) were able to win three out of the first four singles match to put away the Aggies (4-4) and remain unbeaten at home.
"I was really pleased with how we played," FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "On Friday night they [Texas A&M beat No. 10 Duke and for us to beat them 6-1 is a really great effort from the whole team.
Florida State won the doubles point, but now without its share of drama. For the third consecutive match, the doubles point came down to a tiebreaker at the No. 1 position. The No. 26 ranked team of Aubone and Bowles came prevailed 9-8(3) over the team of Krajicek and Spencer.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - 8th nationally ranked UNC cruised to a 7-0 victory over Howard on Sunday in what will ultimately prove to be one of the Tar Heels' last tune-up matches before they begin ACC play against Wake Forest on March 18th. The success came early and often for North Carolina, as they lost a total of 10 games in singles and doubles combined against the Bison.
Since Howard only traveled five players for the match against the Tar Heels, they were at an immediate disadvantage as they had to forfeit both the #3 doubles match and the #6 singles match. The masterful play of David Stone, Lenny Gullan, Benjamin Carlotti, and Tristan Heinrich didn't make things any easier for the Bison, either, as the two doubles teams combined lost just one total game en route to clinching the team doubles point for UNC.
DURHAM, N.C. - The 10th-ranked Duke men's tennis team ran into one of the hottest teams in the country on Sunday as they dropped a 6-1 decision to No. 5 Texas at Ambler Tennis Stadium.
Duke was without one of its top players as junior Kiril Dimitrov missed the match due to an illness. Dimitrov had split time at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the lineup this season and also competed at the No. 2 doubles spot. Without Dimitrov the Blue Devils were forced to shuffle around the lineup, moving players up one spot to fill the void.
Freshman Reid Carleton took Dimitrov's place at No. 2 and came away with a big victory. Carleton, ranked No. 85 in the ITA singles rankings, went up against Texas' 18th-ranked Kellen Damico. The two freshmen had a tightly contested match with Damico taking the first set 6-3.
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State men's tennis took the doubles point in impressive fashion, but couldn't close the door in singles, falling 4-3 to No. 56 Indiana on Sunday. The No. 30 Wolfpack (6-4) won at No. 1 and No. 2 singles but the Hoosiers (9-2) lost just one set at singles No. 3 to No. 6.
Jay Weinacker and James McGee both completed a perfect weekend with wins in singles and doubles for the second straight match.
Weinacker and Nick Cavaday, ranked No. 9 nationally, blanked the No. 1 duo from Indiana with an 8-0 win. The Pack duo improved to 6-1 overall.
McGee and Christian Welte won at No. 2 to clinch the doubles point, 8-4. They improved to 5-1 on the season at the No. 2 spot in the lineup.