Men Tennis ACCtion: Friday, April 3
April 4, 2009
Virginia Men’s Tennis Tops Duke to Remain Unbeaten
Duke took a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. It was only the second time all season that the Cavaliers lost the doubles point. Virginia got an 8-3 win at No. 3 from Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) and Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), but the Blue Devils scored wins at No. 1 and No. 2 to take the opening point.
The Cavaliers rallied in singles, winning five of the six first sets. Virginia evened the match as Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) topped Kiril Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles. Dominic Inglot (London, England) gave the Cavaliers a 2-1 lead with his 7-6, 6-0 win at No. 1 over Reid Carleton. That advantage was extended to 3-1 as Courtney completed a 6-3, 7-5 win over Luke Marchese at No. 6 singles. After Duke had cut the lead to 3-2 with a win at No. 3 singles, Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.) clinched the Cavalier win as he downed Jared Pinsky 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4 singles.
Atkinson Pushes Wake Over No. 16 Florida State, 4-2
Atkinson, out of Washington, England, opened the game with a stellar doubles performance with Carlos Salmon. The duo found themselves in the deciding match facing a 7-6 deficit. The tandem tied FSU's Drew Bailey and Maciek Sykut at 8-all and forced some poor Seminole shots to take the 9-8 (5) victory and claim the doubles point.
Steven Forman was the first to finish singles and the only Demon Deacon to claim a win in two sets, topping 49th-ranked Clint Bowles 6-4, 7-5. The win was Forman's second over a ranked singles opponent in ACC play.
UNC Scores Road Upset Against Virginia Tech
Carolina began the match by taking the doubles point and a 1-0 team lead. Clay Donato and Taylor Fogleman led the charge with their 26th win as a pair in the 2008-09 season, and Andrew Crone and Alex Rafiee clinched the team point with an 8-6 victory over Virginia Tech's Patrick Daciek and Sebastien Jacques.
In singles, it was Donato again setting the pace for the Tar Heels. His 6-1, 6-2 victory at the No. 1 spot gave UNC a 2-0 lead. Virginia Tech then won the fifth, third and sixth singles spots to go up 3-2, just one point from clinching a team victory.
Miami Men's Tennis Downs NC State, 4-3
The Hurricanes won their fourth conference match in their last five opportunities to improve to 10-7 overall and 6-2 in the ACC, while the Wolfpack fell to 9-12 overall and 3-6 in conference play.
The Hurricanes claimed the ever-important opening doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. The nation’s 61st-ranked tandem of seniors Daniel Vallverdu and David Rosenfeld cruised past NC State’s Christian Welte and Julian Sullivan, 8-4, while at No. 3, Christian Blocker and David Simon improved to 6-2 in conference play with a 9-7 victory to clinch the doubles point for the Hurricanes.
Jackets Take Down Maryland, 5-2
The Jackets (8-9, 3-5 ACC) fell down 1-0 early, as the Terrapins picked up the doubles point with close wins at No. 1 and No. 3. Doug Kenny and Kevin King won first with an 8-6 decision over Kwon and Potarazu, but Maryland's Orban and Fetbroyt took down Guillermo Gomez and Ryan Smith in a tough 9-8 win, before Nielsen and Sarrazin defeated Austin Roebuck and Eliot Potvin in an identical 9-8 score.
Tech came out strong in singles however, getting four straight wins for the clinch on tremendous play from Gomez, King, Smith and Muguruza. Gomez snapped a three-match losing streak with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Andrew Orban, as King downed Mathias Sarrazin 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4 and Smith triumphed over Boris Fetbroyt 6-3, 6-3 at No. 5.
Clemson travels to Boston College … Coming Soon