Men's Tennis ACCtion: Sunday, April 6
April 7, 2008
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - University of Miami freshman Carl Sundberg did it again. With the match riding on his shoulders in the second-straight outing, he came from behind to win the No. 4 singles match, lifting the 27th-ranked Hurricanes over No. 28 Wake Forest, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
With the match knotted at 3-all, Sundberg battled back from a 6-1 first-set loss to win the final two sets 6-3, 6-3 over Wake Forest's Jon Wolff.
"That was another amazing comeback Carl had for us," said head Miami coach Mario Rincon. "It's always a battle when we play Wake Forest, and today was just a good college match."
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No.9 ranked Florida State men's tennis team defeated No. 44 North Carolina St. 5-2 Sunday afternoon at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The win puts the Seminoles one victory away from clinching a first round bye in the 2008 ACC Tournament.
"I think having a bye is really important when you play multiple days," FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "I think we are one of the best three teams and it is an advantage when you don't have to play that first day."
The Seminoles (16-4, 7-2) took the momentum from the Wolfpack (11-11, 4-5) early by winning a hard fought doubles match. FSU lost the first doubles match on court two when senior Sam Chang and junior Maciek Sykut lost to James Mcgee and Christian Welte 8-2.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The tenth-ranked UNC Tar Heels defeated the 32nd-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies on a chilly Sunday afternoon to improve to 6-1 in ACC play and 16-4 overall. The Tar Heels, who were coming off their first loss in 12 matches to top-ranked Virginia, played an efficient match in securing a 5-2 victory in which they won the first five points decided, and including individual doubles matches, the first seven matches decided.
The Tar Heels jumped out to an early lead by sweeping the Hokies in doubles, led by the nation's 42nd-ranked team of Stefan Hardy and Clay Donato. Hardy and Donato's 8-1 win improved their record to 13-4 in the fall and spring campaigns, and 6-1 in ACC play. The team point was clinched by an 8-5 win by tenth-ranked Taylor Fogleman and Chris Kearney at the first spot. However, the Tar Heels didn't stop there, as seniors David Stone and Tristan Heinrich mounted a comeback from a 1-5 deficit to put the finishing touches on the sweep with an 8-6 win.
DURHAM, N.C. - Top-ranked Virginia improved to 23-0 overall and 9-0 in the ACC with a 5-2 victory over No. 41 Duke Sunday afternoon at the Ambler Tennis Stadium. Virginia extended its school record winning streaks of 23 wins overall and 26 wins against ACC competition.
The Cavaliers won a thrilling doubles point, rallying to take the opening point. Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and Ted Angelinos (Athens, Greece) scored an 8-5 win at No. 3 doubles over Dylan Arnould and Alex Stone. Duke drew even as David Goulet and Christopher Price upset top-ranked Somdev Devvarman (Chennai, India) and Treat Huey (Alexandria, Va.) 9-7 at the No. 1 position. The doubles point came down to the match at No. 2 doubles. Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) and Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.) rallied from down an early break to even the match at 7-7 against Kiril Dimitrov and Reid Carleton. The Duke team broke to serve for the match at 8-7, but the Cavaliers broke back to force the tiebreaker. In the breaker, the teams traded points and each side had three match points. At 10-all, Barrick hit a net-cord ace that barely dropped over the net and Virginia won the ensuing point to win the match.
ATLANTA - The Georgia Tech men's tennis team (13-9, 3-6 ACC) celebrated its four seniors final home match with a 6-1 win over Maryland (10-8, 2-7) Sunday afternoon at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
The Yellow Jackets moved to 23-6 all-time against the Terrapins and won their 19th straight in the series.
"The seniors played very good today," head coach Kenny Thorne said. "We had some great support from our fans. It was a really good way to send our seniors out in their final home match of their careers."
CLEMSON, S.C. - Boston College outlasted the Tigers in men's tennis action on Sunday morning to eke out the 4-3 victory. Clemson held a 3-2 edge through doubles play and four singles matches, but the Eagles notched wins at the fifth and sixth positions to post the victory. Clemson (14-16, 1-8 ACC) claimed the doubles point with wins at no. 1 and no. 2. Rok Bizjak and Ike Belk defeated Brian Garber and Sam Wagner of Boston College, 8-2, while Carlos Alvarez teamed with Kevin Fleck to edge Jason Sechrist and Erik Kreutzer, 9-8.
Kevin Galloway and Gera Boryachinskiy fell to the Eagle team of Thomas Nolan and Adam Davison, 8-4.
Alvarez also won in singles action, defeating Alex Rastorgouev at no. 1, 6-3, 6-0. Fleck picked up a singles win as well with a win over Kreutzer at the fourth position.