NCAA Men's Tennis ACCtion: Thursday, May 19
May 20, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - The top-ranked Virginia men's tennis team advanced the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the seventh consecutive year with a 4-0 win over No. 18 Illinois Thursday night at the Taube South Courts. After waiting all day for a start that ended up being after 9:30 p.m., the Cavaliers quickly dispatched of the Fighting Illini, winning the match in just over two hours.
"I would never say a match is easy, and Illinois fought hard tonight," said head coach Brian Boland. "We have played them three times this year and each time has been a battle. I thought our doubles play was really impressive. The guys came out and looked like they were ready to play from the get go. That then carried into singles. I was proud of the effort and it was a good start to the tournament."
The Cavaliers opened the match by dominating doubles play, winning the opening point in just 33 minutes. Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) and Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) gave Virginia the early edge, blanking Johnny Hamui and Abe Souza 8-0 at the top spot. Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) closed out an 8-2 win at No. 2 over Brian Alden and Dennis Nevolo to clinch the point. Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) and Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) led 7-2 at No. 3 in the match that was abandoned.
In singles, Virginia continued its momentum and won all six first sets. Domijan doubled the Cavalier advantage with his 6-2, 6-2 victory over KU Singh at No. 2. Jenkins made the score 3-0 with his 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 4 over Souza seconds before Singh clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Roy Kalmanovich at No. 3.
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 12 Duke ended its season on Thursday with a 4-1 loss to No. 6 Georgia in the NCAA Round of 16 in Stanford, Calif.
The Blue Devils concluded the year with a 22-10 overall record. It was the second straight season Duke advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA Championships.
"Georgia played a great match and I thought it was highly competitive throughout," said head coach Ramsey Smith. "We did a good job putting ourselves in position to win the doubles point with it coming down to the No. 1 spot and then we won four first sets in singles so we did some good things. I thought we competed really hard and am proud of the guys for leaving it all out on the court."
STANFORD, Calif. - The 16th-ranked Georgia Tech men's tennis team (21-6) saw the team portion of its season come to a close with a 4-0 loss to second ranked and two-time defending national champions Southern California (24-2) on Thursday afternoon at the Taube Tennis Center on the Stanford University campus.
"We lost to a better team, USC outplayed us today," head coach Kenny Thorne said. "It was a tough match. I thought we did a good job at the beginning of doubles, getting up in No. 1 doubles, we were on serve for a long time at No. 2 doubles. I felt like, against that team, we needed some kind of momentum, and as soon as they got the momentum at No. 2 doubles, they ran with it. There's a reason why USC is two-time defending national champions. They have some tough players and they played very tough today.
"I think it would've helped if we had been here once before, I think the guys might've settled in a little quicker in the singles matches," Thorne added. "It was a first for them and we came out and played against a very good team. We fought as hard as we could and just got beat."