Men's Tennis ACCtion: Sunday, April 11
April 11, 2010
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The North Carolina Tar Heels battled to a 5-2 win in a pivotal ACC match against No. 24 Georgia Tech on Sunday afternoon, which was also Carolina's Senior Day.
Nineteenth-ranked UNC leapfrogged the Yellow Jackets into third place in the conference with the win, and have three ACC regular-season matches remaining.
"We made some really positive steps today, and I'm very proud of our effort," said head coach Sam Paul. "Our seniors made a big impact today in doubles, and we're glad we could get a win for them in their last home match."
The Tar Heels' two seniors being honored on Sunday, Clay Donato and Andrew Crone, both chipped in to help UNC win the team doubles point. Donato and Stefan Hardy played up to their No. 17 national ranking by defeating Tech's Kevin King and Juan Spir 8-3 at the top flight, while Crone and doubles partner Jose Hernandez followed with an 8-4 win at the third spot. Hernandez gave Carolina a 1-0 lead with an overhead winner on the fifth match point of the eight-game pro set.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The top-ranked Virginia men's tennis team concluded the home portion of its regular season schedule Sunday with a doubleheader sweep at the Snyder Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (30-1, 9-0 ACC) defeated No. 18 Wake Forest 6-1 and Hampton 8-0 to reach the 30-win plateau for the fourth consecutive season.
Virginia opened the day by defeating the Demon Deacons (11-8, 5-4 ACC). The Cavaliers opened the match by sweeping all three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead. Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) topped Danny Kreyman and Jonathan Wolff 8-5 at No. 3.
In a battle of top-15 teams at No. 1, the 11th ranked Cavalier team of Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) and Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) downed 14th ranked Iain Atkinson and Steven Forman 8-5 to clinch the opening point. Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) completed the sweep with an 8-6 win at No. 2 over Tripper Carleton and Jason Morgenstern.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 25 Florida State men's tennis team (13-6, 6-3) defeated fellow ACC school Maryland (13-10, 1-8) 6-1 today, April 11. The Seminoles bounced back from last weekend's defeat to Wake Forest and are now 4-1 in matches following a loss this season.
"It was a good competitive match," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "I thought we played pretty well. Jordan may have played one of the best matches of the year. Vahid won pretty quickly and it was good for him to get the win. I'm just pleased with the tandem of Vahid and Jordan in doubles. We have a big week in front of us with Duke and North Carolina."
For the first time since February 21, the Seminoles were able to win each of their doubles matches. On court three the freshmen duo of Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) and Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) snapped their four match losing streak and won 8-6 over John Collins and Jesse Kiuri to come off the courts first.
BLACKSBURG, Va. - After acquiring a quick deficit in dropping two of three doubles' matches, the No. 23 Virginia Tech men's tennis team came back to earn four singles' victories and take a 4-3 win over No. 47 NC State on Sunday afternoon at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.
The Hokies improve to 13-5, concluding the weekend's sweep after Friday's win over Wake Forest, while the NC State Wolfpack move to 12-11.
As the only senior on Senior Day, Yoanne Re (Verdun, Quebec, Canada) dropped the No. 1 match to Jaime Pulgar, 6-1, 6-4, while Luke Somen (Karlovac, Croatia) defeated Dominic Hodgson 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 2 match. Corrado Degl' Incerti Tocci (Reggio Emilia, Italy) and Patrick Daciek won their respective No. 3 and No. 4 matches 6-4, 6-4 and 6-1, 7-5.
DURHAM, N.C. - No. 20 Duke earned the first five points of Sunday's match against No. 40 Clemson for a 5-2 victory at Ambler Tennis Stadium.
The Blue Devils improve to 14-6 on the year and 7-1 in the ACC while Clemson drops to 17-7 overall and 3-6 in league play.
A day after winning a tight 4-3 match over Georgia Tech that lasted four hours and 45 minutes, Duke didn't show any signs of tiredness as they were back at it for another ACC contest. The Blue Devils got off to a fast start by sweeping the three doubles matches. All three were won by the final score of 8-3. No. 3 Reid Carleton and Henrique Cunha extended their winning streak to 15 straight and are now 33-4 overall and 6-0 in the ACC. Dylan Arnould and David Holland earned win No. 15 on the year, improving to 7-1 in conference matches.