Men's Tennis ACCtion: Friday, April 4
April 5, 2008
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Top-ranked Virginia recorded its eighth top-10 victory of the season with a 5-2 win over No. 10 North Carolina Friday night at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (22-0, 8-0 ACC) are the only remaining team undefeated in ACC play after handing the Tar Heels (15-4, 5-1) their first league defeat.
The Cavaliers took the early 1-0 advantage by winning the doubles point. Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and Ted Angelinos (Athens, Greece) fell behind 5-2 at No. 3 against David Stone and Tristan Heinrich, but rolled off six straight games to win 8-5. Somdev Devvarman (Chennai, India) and Treat Huey (Alexandria, Va.) topped Chris Kearney and Taylor Fogelman 8-6 at No. 1 doubles to clinch the opening point.
In singles, the Cavaliers quickly made the score 3-0 with a pair of easy wins. At No. 1, Devvarman cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Benjamin Carlotti at the No. 1 position, while Angelinos dismantled Will Plyler 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6 singles. North Carolina cut the lead to 3-1 as Kearney snapped Sanam Singh's (Chandigarh, India) 20-match winning streak at No. 4 singles.
DURHAM, N.C. - The Virginia Tech men's tennis team earned a 4-3 decision against No. 41 Duke in a ACC contest after winning the third and final set in the No. 5 singles match on Friday afternoon at Ambler Tennis Stadium. No. 32 Tech improves to 12-5 on the year and 5-3 in the ACC, while the Blue Devils drop to 7-10 (4-3 ACC) with the loss.
The Hokies swept the three doubles matches and captured three of the six singles contests in the victory.
With the score tied at 3-3 in the No. 5 singles match and everyone watching, Tech's Sebastien Jacques (Fr., Magog, Quebec, Canada) earned the deciding point in the only three-set match of the day with a 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 victory over Alex Stone. The tied score was a result of Kiril Dimitrov's 6-1, 7-5 victory over Yoann Re (So. Verdun, Quebec, Canada) in the No. 3 match.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Freshman Carl Sundberg battled back from a third-set deficit to lead the 27th-ranked University of Miami men's tennis team in a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over No. 44 NC State on Friday afternoon at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
Trailing 3-4 in the decisive third set, Sundberg stayed composed and won three-straight games to clinch the 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 victory and the match for the Hurricanes (10-6, 3-4 ACC), who snapped a four-match skid with Friday's win.
NC State (11-10, 4-4 ACC) built a 3-1 lead, forcing Miami into a must-win situation in all three remaining singles matches at No. 1, 2 and 4. Vivek Subramanian used a tough 6-2, 7-5 straight-sets victory to earn Miami's second point of the afternoon, while fifth-ranked All-American Daniel Vallverdu bounced back from a first-set loss to defeat No. 64 James McGee, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, and knot the match at 3-all with his team-leading 22nd singles victory of the season.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State men's tennis team won a crucial ACC match on Friday evening defeating No. 28-ranked Wake Forest 7-0 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The match ended with some controversy when Demon Deacon head coach Jeff Zinn pulled his last three players off their courts after the Seminoles clinched the match.
"I thought it was a good battle, the level of play was really high," FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "It was a tough match and beating them gives us the tiebreaker advantage in the conference."
"I think this match was huge because it helps with our seeding in the ACC tournament," senior Sam Chang said. "Hopefully we can keep winning our other matches and get a good seed for the tournament."
ATLANTA - The Georgia Tech men's tennis team (12-9, 2-6 ACC) outlasted Boston College (7-14, 0-8), 6-1, in a six-hour match to snap its four-game losing streak Friday afternoon at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
After beginning their match outside, the No. 43-ranked doubles tandem of Scott Blackmon and Ryan Smith moved inside due to rain and earned a quick 8-3 win over Brian Garber and Sam Wagner at the top spot in the lineup. The Yellow Jackets picked up the doubles point after Guillermo Gomez and George Gvelesiani pulled away from Erik Kreutzer and Jason Sechrist, 8-4. Eliot Potvin and Miguel Mugurza sealed the three-match sweep for the Jackets after holding off Thomas Nolan and Adam Davison, 8-7 (7-2), from the No. 3 doubles position.
Tech moved ahead 2-0 when Gomez knocked off Alex Rastorgoueve, 6-3, 6-0, at the No. 1 spot. Eliot Potvin gave the Jackets a commanding 3-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Thomas Nolan on court two. The Eagles got back within two after Sechrist outlasted Blackmon, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2, at the No. 3 position.