Top Seeds Swing Into Action Friday at ACC Men's Tennis Championships
April 16, 2009
CARY, N.C. – After Thursday matches that featured one upset at the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Tennis Championship, the top four seeds are slated to hit the court on Friday after receiving opening-round byes.
Top-seeded Virginia (26-0) begins its quest for a third straight title when it faces eighth-seeded North Carolina (16-9) in a 9 a.m. match. The Tar Heels advanced with a 4-1 win over ninth-seeded Clemson on Thursday.
In another 9 o’clock match on Friday morning, fourth-seeded Florida State (18-7) faces fifth-seeded Duke (15-7), a 4-0 winner over 12th-seeded Boston College in the opening round.
The noon match finds second-seeded Miami (13-7) taking on 10th-seeded NC State (10-14). The Wolfpack knocked off No. 7 Georgia Tech, 4-1, on Thursday to earn a quarterfinal date with the Hurricanes. Friday’s quarterfinal round concludes with a 3 p.m. match between third-seeded Wake Forest (18-8) and sixth-seeded Virginia Tech (14-6).
Georgia Tech’s Guillermo Gomez scored a 6-2, 6-3 win over NC State’s Jay Weinacker in a matchup of nationally-ranked single players at the No. 1 slot. But the Wolfpack countered with straight-set wins by Jaime Pulgar, Julian Sullivan and David Chermak at the No. 4, 5, and 6 positions, and won the point in doubles to seal the win. The team of Sullivan and Christian Welte outlasted the Yellow Jackets’ Gomez and Ryan Smith 9-7 at No. 1 doubles, and Weiacker and Pulgar posted an 8-6 victory over Kevin King and Doug Kenny at No. 2.
Men’s first-round play opened Friday morning with eighth-seeded North Carolina posting a 4-1 win over No. 9 Clemson. After claiming the doubles point via wins by the teams of Clay Donato-Taylor Fogleman at No. 1 and Brennan Boyajian-Zach Hunter at No. 3, the Tar Heels sealed the outcome with wins in singles by Donato at No. 1, Boyajian at No. 3, and Cameron Ahari at No. 3.
Duke also rode the wave of three singles wins – by Dylan Arnold at No. 3, Jared Pinsky at No. 4 and Alain Michel at No. 5 – to its shutout win over Boston College. Those victories, coupled with wins by the doubles teams of Arnould-David Holland at No. 2 and Carleton-Torsten Wietoska at No. 3 – assured the Blue Devils of facing Florida State for the third time this season. The Seminoles scored a pair of 5-2 regular-season wins, first at the ITA National Indoors in January, and later during ACC competition.
Virginia Tech will meet Wake Forest on Friday afternoon after an impressive opening round against Maryland that saw Pedro Graber, Sebastian Jacques and Brandon Corace all score straight-set singles wins. The doubles teams of Patrick Daciek-Nicholas Delgado de Robles and Corace-Graber added a pair of 8-5 wins.
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