Pairings Set For ACC Men's Tennis Championship Semifinals
April 20, 2012
CARY, NC. - The top three seeded teams and fifth-seeded Florida State will make up the semifinal field for the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Tennis Championship, which is scheduled to continue on Saturday at Cary Tennis Park.
Top-seeded Virginia opened play on Friday with a 4-0 shutout of No. 9 Maryland in the morning quarterfinal match. Second-seeded North Carolina followed with 4-0 win over 10th-seeded Wake Forest, while No. 3 Duke blanked No. 6 NC State, 4-0.
Florida State, meanwhile, got past fourth-seeded Virginia Tech, 4-1, in a match that saw the Seminoles avenge a 4-3 loss to the Hokies in last Sunday's regular-season finale.
Saturday's 10 a.m. semifinal match finds Virginia (22-1) facing Florida State (18-8), followed by North Carolina and Duke (21-4) at 1 p.m. The winners will meet to decide the ACC Championship on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Both Saturday semifinals action and Sunday's finals are scheduled for delayed webcast on theACC.com, beginning at 6 p.m. Mac McDonald will handle the play-by-play, while Parke Morris will provide color commentary.
Virginia, ranked second nationally, recorded its 90th straight win against ACC opposition to extend a conference record that dates to 4-3 loss to Duke in the finals of the 2006 ACC Championship. The Cavaliers will continue their quest for a sixth straight ACC Championship on Saturday morning against FSU, a team it defeated by a narrow 4-3 score in Charlottesville on April 13.
Despite the three-point margin of Florida State's win over Virginia Tech, the match was a competitive one that saw the singles matches on courts 3, 4 and 5 all stretch to three sets. The Seminoles finally clinched the win on the on Court No. 5, where Cristian Gonzalez-Mendez claimed a 6-3, 0-6, 7-6 (7) victory over Mauricio Antun.
In the other half of the men's bracket, North Carolina's William Parker breezed to a straight-set win on the No. 5 court vs. Wake Forest to put the Tar Heels ahead 2-0, setting the stage for Jose Hernandez's and Oystein Steiro's three-set wins on courts #1 and #6.
Duke jumped on sixth-seed NC State early , taking the doubles point and parlaying straight- set wins by Henrique Cunha (No. 1), Raphael Hemmeler (No. 5) and Jason Tahir (No. 6) into the win. The Blue Devils are seeking to reach the ACC Championship finals for the third straight year.
North Carolina, ranked No. 18 nationally, and eighth-ranked Duke will be meeting for the second time in just over a week. The Tar Heels scored a dramatic 4-3 come-from-behind road win over the Blue Devils in the final week of the regular season, with Brennan Boyajian's victory over Chris Mengel at the No. 3 spot closing the rally. The match wound up as the deciding tie-breaker for the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in the ACC Championship, as both UNC and Duke finished with 9-2 conference records.
#1 Virginia 4, #9 Maryland 0
Records: Virginia 22-1; Maryland 8-15
#5 Florida State 4, #4 Virginia Tech 1
Records: Florida State 18-8; Virginia Tech 11-11
#2 North Carolina 4, #10 Wake Forest 0
Records: North Carolina 13-6; Wake Forest 14-15
#3 Duke 4, #6 NC State 0
Records: Duke 21-4; NC State 20-9
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