Men's Tennis ACCtion: Friday, April 16
April 16, 2010
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The No. 47 University of Miami men's tennis team battled back from a 3-1 deficit to knock off 14th-ranked Duke, 4-3, on Friday afternoon for its fourth-straight win. The Hurricanes (10-10, 4-6) handed the Blue Devils (15-7, 8-2) just their second Atlantic Coast Conference loss of the season.
Trailing 3-1 and facing a must-win situation in the final three singles matches, Waylon Chin got the Hurricanes comeback started with the 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 victory at No. 5 to bring UM within one point at 3-2. It marked the sixth-straight win for the junior transfer who is in his first season with Miami, as he improved to 14-10 overall and 6-4 in ACC play.
With the action on court two between UM's Christian Blöcker and Duke's 86th-ranked Reid Carleton heading into a third set, Ignacio Taboada kept the Hurricanes' hopes alive - edging Luke Marchese, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 at No. 6 to knot the match at 3-all. It was Taboada's fourth-straight win, improving to 12-7 on the season and 6-4 versus league competition.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. - Sophomore Brennan Boyajian persevered to win a three-set match at No. 4 singles for the deciding point as No. 19 North Carolina bounced back from a heartbreaking loss at Duke three days ago by defeating No. 27 Florida State 4-3 in men's tennis action Friday evening at Scott Spelcher Tennis Center on the FSU campus. With the win, Carolina improves to 17-5 overall this year and 7-3 in the ACC. Carolina trailed 3-1 in the match Friday before winning the last three singles matches to come off the court, claiming the come-from-behind win.
As is often the case in ACC matches, the match came down to the slimmest of margins at 4-3. UNC earned the doubles point with wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots and the teams split the six singles matches. Boyajian's victory at No. 4 singles was the only match to go a full three sets.
RALEIGH, N.C. - The No. 50 NC State men's tennis team returned home for the first time in two weeks and took down Maryland 4-3 on Friday, April 16. The win moves the Wolfpack to 14-11 and 2-8 in the ACC, while dropping the Terrapins to 13-11 and 1-9 in the ACC.
The Pack came out firing and doubles play, winning the first two matches. Akash Gujarati and Rob Lowe were the first to be victorious, defeating John Collins and Jesse Kuiru 8-4. About 5 seconds later, Dominic Hodgson and Frideric Prandecki gave NC State the doubles point with an 8-3 win over Graham Knowlton and Ian Manfield. With doubles decided, Jaime Pulgar and Dave Thomson lost 8-7 (2) in a tiebreaker to Tommy Laine and Sergio Wyss.
In singles the Wolfpack needed just three wins, which is exactly what it got. Lowe's match was the first to finish on the day, and he lost 6-2, 6-1 to Ryan Lissner. However both of NC State's ranked players made quick work of their opponents. No. 62 Pulgar breezed past Collins 6-3, 6-0. Newly ranked No. 111 Hodgson made things look easy with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Laine.
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech sophomore Luka Somen won the deciding point in both singles and doubles Friday night to lead the Hokies to a 4-3 win at Clemson. Tech improved to 14-5 overall and 7-3 in the ACC, while Clemson fell to 17-8 and 3-7 in league play.
The Hokies, ranked No. 21 in this week's Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, won two of the three doubles matches for the first point, then split the six singles contests for the victory.
After taking the doubles point, Tech quickly took a 3-0 advantage as Yoann Re (Sr., Verdun, Quebec, Canada), ranked No. 60 in the nation, defeated Derek DiFazio, 6-1, 6-0, in the No. 1 contest and Patrick Daciek (So., Severna Park, Md.) took the No. 4 match, 6-2, 6-4, over Gera Boryachinskiy. The Tigers got on the board with a, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, win by Carlos Alvarez at No. 3 against Corrado Degli' Incerti Tocci (So., Reggio Emilia, Italy).
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The 23rd ranked Wake Forest men's tennis team took down Boston College by a score of 5-2 on Friday afternoon at Leighton Stadium. The Deacs now improve to 12-8 (6-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) on the season, while Boston College stalls at 8-14(0-10 ACC).
Wake Forest used a variety of new doubles line-ups on the day, as juniors Jon Wolff and Iain Atkinson teamed up for the first time this season at the number one position to claim an 8-5 victory. Senior Carlos Salmon and freshman Tripper Carleton also found success in their first match together this season as they earned a hard-fought 9-7 victory over Boston College's Jonathan Schroeder and Alex Skinner.
Wolff continued his strong play in singles action with an impressive 6-0, 6-1 win over Erik Kreutzer. Wolff now improves to 19-12 on the season with a 9-4 record in conference play. Freshman Danny Kreyman followed Wolff with a victory in straight sets over Jonathan Schroeder by a score of 6-0, 6-3.