Men's Tennis ACCtion: Saturday, April 11
April 12, 2009
RALEIGH, N.C. – The No. 1 Virginia men’s tennis team completed its third consecutive undefeated ACC regular season with a 6-1 victory over No. 51 NC State Saturday afternoon at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis center. The Cavaliers, who have gone through the league undefeated in four of the past five years, improve to 26-0 and 11-0 in the conference, while the Wolfpack falls to 9-14 overall and 3-8 in the ACC.
The Cavaliers took the 1-0 lead by sweeping the three doubles matches. Lee Singer (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) scored an 8-4 win over Rob Lowe and Julian Sullivan at No. 3 doubles. Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) and Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.) defeated Justin Jendruch and Jaime Pulgar 8-2 at No. 2 doubles. Michael Shabaz (Fairfaz, Va.) and Dominic Inglot (London, England) completed the sweep with a tiebreaker win at No. 1 over Jay Weinacker and Christian Welte. With the three wins, the Cavaliers complete the ACC season with a 29-4 doubles record.
Virginia extended its lead to 2-0 early in singles play as Singer cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Akash Gujarti at No. 6 singles. After NC State drew to 2-1 with Weinacker’s win over Inglot at No. 1 singles, the Cavaliers got wins from Shabaz and Courtney at No. 3 and No. 5 singles to clinch the win. Singh and Barrick later added wins for Virginia to make the final score 6-1.
The win was Virginia’s 41st consecutive win over an ACC opponent (regular season and tournament). The victory also gave the Cavaliers their second consecutive undefeated regular season.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The No. 25 Wake Forest men's tennis team upset No. 22 Virginia Tech 6-1 to finish regular season play. Wake Forest will begin postseason action at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in Cary, N.C. next week.
Steven Forman and Cory Parr quickly took down Virginia Tech's Nicolas DeRobles and Patrick Daciek 8-3 at No. 1 doubles. The point was decided at No. 2, where Wake's Carlos Salmon and Iain Atkinson rallied from a 5-2 deficit to take Brandon Corace and Pedro Graber to a tiebreaker. The Deacs pulled a 7-3 win to clinch the doubles point.
Atkinson had to face Corace again at No. 5 singles, but couldn't get ahead and fell 6-2, 6-2 to knot the score at 1-1. Steven Forman wrapped up next, defeating Pedro Graber 6-4, 6-4 to push the Deacons back in front.