Men's Tennis ACCtion: Saturday, March 15
March 16, 2008
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The No. 17 Florida State men's tennis team concluded their spring break with a bang today, March 15, with a 5-2 victory over No. 18 Miami. The Seminoles are now 11-2, 2-0 while the Hurricanes fell to 9-3, 2-1. FSU has now won five of its last six matches this season.
"First of all Miami is a really good team," stated head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "It was a very hard fought match and to win on the road down here speaks a lot about our team and where we've come from. It was a very, very tight match, 5-2, but 5-2 doesn't show how close it really was."
The Seminoles won at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center in Coral Gables, Fla. to stop the Hurricane's undefeated home record this season. Although this was considered an away match for the team, three members from south Florida, Brad Mixson, Jean-Yves Aubone and Maciek Sykut, brought a lot of fans representing Florida State to the match.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Virginia men's tennis team returned to action after a two-week break to down No. 50 Maryland 7-0 Saturday afternoon at The Tennis Club of College Park. The win improves the Cavaliers' record to 16-0 on the season (2-0 ACC) as they match the longest winning streak in school history.
"It was good to get out and compete again after a long break," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "After the long layoff, and it being our first outdoor match, I thought we played extremely well. Give Maryland a lot of credit, they have improved a lot over the past year."
Virginia took a 1-0 lead in the match by winning the doubles point. The duo of Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) and Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) scored an 8-1 win over Michael Coleman and Alex Aksanov at No. 3 doubles. After Maryland won at No. 2 doubles to draw even, the top ranked team of Somdev Devvarman (Chennai, India) and Treat Huey (Alexandria, Va.) sealed the doubles point for Virginia with an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles over Andrew Orban and Boris Fetbroyt.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The No. 31 Virginia Tech men's tennis team at No 13 Tennessee on Saturday at the Varsity Tennis Center. Tech (9-2) lost its second consecutive match, but managed to earn the doubles point by winning the Nos. 2 and 3 matches, then turned in victories at No.1 and No. 6 singles.
No. 54 Albert Larregola faced No. 16 J.P. Smith and took the first set, 6-4. Smith came back to win the second set, 6-3, but Larregola clinched the match with a 6-3 third-set victory. Larregola now claims a 21-8 mark so far this season.
Brandon Corace represented Tech in No. 6 singles against Matt Brewer. Corace earned a 6-3, 7-6 sweep for his 14th win of the season, and improved to 14-8 in singles play.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The NC State men's tennis team took another close loss at the hands of a ranked opponent, dropping its contest with No. 21 Alabama, 4-3, on the third day of the Blue Gray Tennis Classic. The No. 49 Wolfpack (7-7, 0-1 ACC) has now lost three of its last four contests, with all three coming in 4-3 decisions.
The Pack lost the doubles point, falling at No. 1, 8-6, and No. 3, 8-2, early in the match.
In singles, No. 104 James McGee defeated #94 Myneni at No. 1 singles for one of the Wolfpack three team points.
Nick Cavaday won at No. 3, 6-0, 6-4, and Christian Welte improved to a team-best 11-3 with his win at No. 4 singles, 6-2, 6-4.