Two Lower Seeded Teams Advance In ACC Men's Tennis Championship
April 19, 2012
CARY, N.C. - Two lower seeded teams advanced in the opening round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Tennis Championship on Thursday, including Wake Forest in dramatic fashion.
The 10th-seeded Demon Deacons battled back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat seventh-seeded Clemson by a 4-3 score. Earlier in the day, No. 9 Maryland edged No. 8 Georgia Tech, 4-2.
Meanwhile, fifth-seeded Florida State blanked 12th-seeded in-state rival Miami, 4-0, and sixth-seeded NC State shut out Boston College, also by a 4-0 margin.
Quarterfinal action on Friday at Cary Tennis Park finds Maryland (8-14) battling top-seeded Virginia (21-1) at 9 a.m. The noon quarterfinals matches pair No. 2 North Carolina (12-6) against Wake Forest (14-14), while No. 4 Virginia Tech (11-10) meets Florida State (17-8). Third-seeded Duke (20-4) and NC State (20-8) square off a 3 p.m.
Maryland, fresh off a huge win over nationally 18th-ranked North Carolina in last Sunday's regular-season finale, followed up with the mild upset on Thursday against Georgia Tech (9-13), which competed without All-ACC No. 1 singles and doubles player Kevin King due to injury. The Terps (8-14) won the doubles point and grabbed three singles wins, including Jesse Kiuru's 6-4, 6-1, 4-6 victory over Vikram Hundal on the No. 4 court.
Florida State won the doubles point, then picked up wins at No. 1, 5 and 6 singles to present head coach Dwayne Hultquist with his 250th career win.
Wake Forest rallied past Clemson behind singles wins by Danny Kreyman at No. 1, David Hopkins at No. 2, Amogh Prabhakar at No. 3 and Adam Lee at No. 4. Prabhaker scored a 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1 win over Aytron Wibowo to tie the match, just minutes before Lee outlasted Dominique Maden 7-6 (3), 7-6(5) for the clincher.
NC State's 4-0 win over Boston College gave the Wolfpack 10 shutouts for the season, tying the school record first set in 2006. The Wolfpack's 20 wins this season are the second most in school history, just behind the 23 victories posted by the 2007 team.
#9 Maryland 4, #8 Georgia Tech 2
Records: Maryland 8-14; Georgia Tech 9-13
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1*); Singles (6,1,3,5,4*)
National Rankings: Maryland #59, GeorgiaTech #63
Friday's Quarterfinal: No. 9 Maryland vs. No. 1 Virginia (21-1), 9 a.m.
#5 Florida State 4, #12 Miami 0
Records: Florida State 17-8; Miami 8-13
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,1*); Singles (1, 6, 5*)
National Rankings: Florida State #32; Miami #69
Friday's Quarterfinals: No. 5 Florida State vs. No. 4 Virginia Tech (11-10)
#10 Wake Forest 4, #7 Clemson 3
1. Yannick Maden/Zachary Rigsby (CU) def. David Hopkins/Amogh Prabhakar (WF) 8-4
Records: Wake Forest 14-14; Clemson 9-14
National Ranking: Clemson #66, Wake Forest #74
Friday's Quarterfinal: No. 10 Wake Forest vs. No. 2 North Carolina (12-6), 12 p.m.
No. 6 NC State 4, No. 11 Boston College 0
Records: NC State 20-8, Boston College 6-15
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,1*) Singles (2,5,3*)
National Ranking: NC State #38
Friday's Quarterfinal: No. 6 NC State vs. No. 3 Duke (20-4)