Men's Tennis ACCtion: Friday, March 19
March 20, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The top-ranked Virginia men’s tennis team returned to action after a two-week break with a 7-0 win at No. 62 Maryland on Friday afternoon at the Tennis Center of College Park. The Cavaliers (18-1, 3-0 ACC) won their 50th consecutive match against an ACC opponent (regular season and postseason) and snapped the Terrapins’ (13-3, 1-1) nine-match win streak.
Virginia opened the match by sweeping all three doubles matches. Philippe Oudshoorn (Apeldoorn, The Netherlands) and Steven Eelkman Rooda (Amersfoort, The Netherlands) opened things for UVa with an 8-4 win at No. 3 over John Collins and Ian Mansfield. Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) and Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.) sealed the opening point with an 8-5 win over Graham Knowlton and Sergio Wyss at No. 2 doubles. Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) and Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) completed the sweep with an 8-2 win at No. 1 over Tommy Laine and Jesse Kiuru.
TALLAHASSEE, FL - The 29th ranked Clemson Tigers defeated Florida A&M 6-1 in a men's intercollegiate tennis match at Tallahassee, FL Friday afternoon.
With the win, Clemson improves to 15-0 overall. The Tigers are ranked 29th nationally according to the latest ITA poll. This is the highest the men's tennis team has been ranked since the Tigers were ranked 23rd in the final poll of the 2007 season.
The Tigers' Kevin Galloway won his match at number three singles with a victory over Marc Atkinson 6-1, 6-0. Galloway now has an 18-6 record overall and a 14-1 mark in dual matches. Teammate Carlos Alvarez is now 15-4 overall in singles and is 12-0 in dual matches this season as he defeated the Rattlers' David Jackson at number one singles 6-3, 7-6.
Houston, Texas - The No. 36 NC State men's tennis team took care of Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 4-1 on a shortened match due to time. After losing the doubles point, the Wolfpack won the first four singles matches to clinch the victory.
The Pack didn't start off great, losing two of three doubles matches. Fernando Banos and Jaime Pulgar got the lone win, beating Duje Janjic and Andrew Maingot, 8-2. Dominic Hodgson and Dave Thomson fell to Alex Pavlov and Robert Raguz 8-4. Rob Lowe and Frideric Prandecki were beaten 8-6 by James Langford and Dmitry Novikov.
In singles, Rafael Paez continued his stellar play by beating Pavlov 6-2, 6-2. No. 94 Pulgar made things look easy with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Novikov. Akash Gujarati upended Maingot 6-2, 7-5. D. Thomson sealed the win for the Pack with a 7-5, 6-4 victory against Raguz.
CHAPEL HILL- The UNC men's tennis team grabbed a hard-earned victory Friday afternoon over a feisty Auburn squad at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
North Carolina continued their strong form in doubles as all three teams got victories. Clay Donato and Stefan Hardy, ranked #54 in the country, earned a massive doubles victory over the #8 doubles pairing in the nation in Auburn's Alex Stamchev and Tim Puetz. At No. 2 doubles, Brennan Boyajian and Ryan Noble made quick work of their opponents, winning 8-1. Though the point was sealed, the No. 3 pairing of Cameron Ahari and Jose Hernandez won a tiebreaker to keep the Heels perfect.
The Tigers came out firing in singles, and looked to have the momentum as they went up 3-2 in the overall match score. First Auburn's Tim Puetz knocked out #49 Clay Donato in No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-2. Then Alex Stamchev gave Auburn the lead in No. 3 singles when he defeated Stefan Hardy, 6-3, 6-3.
BATON ROUGE, La. - After taking the doubles point and the opening singles wins, the Wake Forest men's tennis team was unable to hold the lead against LSU and dropped a 4-3 decision to the Tigers in Baton Rouge.
Danny Kreyman and Zach Leslie dropped the first doubles match, but the 16th-ranked Deacon tandem of Steven Forman and Iain Atkinson pulled an 8-4 win over Neal Skupski and Roger Anderson to knot doubles score at 1-1. Jonathan Wolff and Tripper Carleton sealed the Wake doubles point with a 9-8 tiebreaker over Stefan Szacinski and Olivier Borsos at No. 3.
Coral Gables, Fla. – The No. 45 University of Miami men’s tennis team fell to ninth-ranked Kentucky, 5-2, at home at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center on Friday afternoon.
Kentucky won the No. 1 and 2 doubles matches – giving Miami’s 53rd-ranked duo of Keith Crowley and Hector Nieto their first loss of the season – to take the early 1-0 lead heading into singles play.