Men's Tennis NCAA ACCtion: Sunday, May 16
May 16, 2010
CHARLOTTESVILLE - The top-ranked Virginia men's tennis team advanced to the round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the seventh consecutive season with a 4-0 win over No. 22 Wake Forest in a second round match Sunday afternoon at the Snyder Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (37-1) will meet another ACC rival, Duke, in the round of 16 Friday in Athens, Ga.
"It is always a great accomplishment to reach the round of 16 and the final site of the NCAA Tournament," said head coach Brian Boland. "I thought we played some of our best tennis of the year this weekend. Wake is a great team and we knew we were going to have to play well today in order to beat them. I thought we came out strong in doubles and that carried into singles."
Virginia took a 1-0 lead by taking the doubles point from the Demon Deacons (16-10). Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) and Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) put forth a dominating performance at the No. 1 position, downing Iain Atkinson and Steven Forman 8-1. Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) clinched the opening point for the Cavaliers at No. 2, overcoming an early 4-0 deficit for an 8-5 win over Jonathan Wolff and Zach Leslie.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Eliot Potvin took a straight-set victory at No. 3 singles, but 24th-ranked Georgia Tech was eliminated from the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship with a 4-1 loss to No. 11 Kentucky Sunday at the Boone Tennis Complex.
Tech's season ended with an 18-8 dual-match record, while Kentucky (24-6) advance to the round of 16 next Friday in Athens, Ga.
Potvin, a junior from Hampden, Maine, ranked No. 112 in the nation, defeated Brad Cox for the Yellow Jackets' only point, which evened the match at 1-1 at the time it was completed.
The Wildcats started things off by taking the doubles point without a loss. Eric Quigley and Brad Cox, the nation's No. 22-ranked tandem, handled No. 52 Eliot Potvin and Ryan Smith, 8-4, at No. 1, while No. 76 Alberto Gonzalez and Alex Lambropoulos got by Guillermo Gomez and Dean O'Brien, 8-6.
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 29 Florida State men's tennis team (15-10) fell in a tight 4-3 match in the second round of the NCAA Championships to the home team No. 12 Georgia Bulldogs (19-7). The Seminoles lost the doubles point but came back strong to win the first three singles matches. The Bulldogs then came back to win the next three matches to clinch at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
"We had a great transition coming out of doubles," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "We won four first sets and had a chance to win Jordan's first set, went to a tiebreaker but things didn't kind of go our way. We had an opportunity to actually get five first sets, and Connor was at 5-all. Clint, Vahid and Anderson did a great job of closing their matches out. I thought Jordan did a terrific job of being down match points and coming back to win the second set to give us options."
Coming off the courts first for the Garnet and Gold was freshman Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.). Reed won 6-3, 6-3 on court six against Will Reynolds.
No. 66 Clint Bowles posted the second `Noles win of the day with a victory on court three. The junior from Tampa, Fla., defeated Jamie Hunt 6-3, 6-4.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Virginia Tech men's tennis team fell 4-1 on Sunday afternoon to No. 15 Louisville in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships. The first and second round matches were held at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center on the University of Louisville campus. The Hokies end their season at 16-8, while Louisville improves to 23-5. The Cardinals advance to the NCAA Championships, May 21-25, in Athens, Ga., where they will face No. 2 Tennessee (28-1) in the NCAA "Sweet 16" on Friday afternoon.
Tech, ranked No. 23 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, dropped two of three matches to lose the doubles competition and lost three of the four completed singles matches in the loss.
In singles, Louisville increased the advantage to 3-0 as Will Beck (Jr., Potomac, Md.) dropped the No. 5 match, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, to Andrew Carter and Yoann Re (Sr., Verdun, Quebec Canada), ranked No. 55, fell 6-4, 7-6, at No. 1 to 19th-ranked Austen Childs.