Men's Tennis NCAA ACCtion: Wednesday, May 21
May 21, 2008
TULSA, Okla. - Somdev Devvarman (Chennai, India) began his defense of his NCAA Singles Championship on Wednesday as play began at the 2008 NCAA Singles Tournament at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. Devvarman topped Ryan Preston of Vanderbilt 6-1, 6-3 in the first round, tying a NCAA Tournament record in the process.
The victory was Devvarman's 13th career NCAA Singles Tournament victory, tying the record for most in a career since the NCAA split the team and individual tournaments in 1977. He ties Matias Boeker of Georgia, the 2001 and 2002 NCAA Champion, with 13 wins in the event.
Devvarman jumped out to a quick 3-0 in the first set and cruised to take the first set 6-1. The second set was tighter, remaining on serve until 3-3 when Devvarman broke Preston's serve. Devvarman held and broke Preston's serve again to close out the 6-1, 6-3 win.
Two other Cavaliers were in action on Wednesday, both falling in three sets.
TULSA, Okla. - The University of Miami's fifth-seeded Daniel Vallverdu knocked off Texas A&M's No. 25 Conor Pollock, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 on Wednesday afternoon to advance to the second round of the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships at the University of Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
Vallverdu (29-8), who has won six of his last seven matches that have reached a decision, took the early 3-1 lead in the first set before falling 7-5 to Pollock. But the four-time All-American used early leads in the next two sets - including a dominating 5-0 lead in the decisive third set - to power past Pollock to advance to the second round of NCAA singles competition for the second-straight year.
"It took me a while to get going and get used to the court," said Vallverdu. "But I felt pretty good at the end of the match, and I'm looking forward to my next round."
TULSA, Okla. - On a day when the wind wreaked havoc on the players' serves, Florida State sophomore Jean-Yves Aubone survived a first-round scare from Mississippi State's Phillipe Frayssinoux on Wednesday, May 21, to advance to the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tennis Championships in Tulsa, Okla.
"It was pretty tough conditions out there today," FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "It was very windy and he [Aubone] was really tough mentally and overcame some tough breaks to win the match."
"The first round of a tournament is always hard and it was weird playing without the team around me," Aubone said. "It feels good to get this first win out of the way and now I can focus on the rest of the tournament."
TULSA, Okla. - Virginia Tech senior Albert Larregola (Lleida, Spain) earned a convincing first round victory over UC Irvine's Victor Lamm as the NCAA Men's Singles Tennis Championship began Wednesday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa.
Ranked 45th in the latest ITA rankings, Larregola made quick work of No. 123 Lamm for the 6-2, 6-2 victory. With the win, the All-ACC honoree became the first Hokie since Stephane Rod in 2005 to reach the round of 32 at the NCAA Championships. He has also this season now defeated seven players who are currently ranked in the top-125. Two of them, No. 5 Daniel Vallverdu (Miami) and No. 24 J.P. Smith (Tennessee), advanced to the next round earlier in the day.
"Albert executed well and did what he needed to do," head coach Jim Thompson said. "He didn't have any nerves and performed like a senior. I was really proud of him."
TULSA, Okla. - Georgia Tech freshman Guillermo Gomez fell to Bassam Beidas of Pepperdine, 6-3, 7-6 (5), Wednesday afternoon in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Singles Championship at the Case Center on the University of Tulsa campus.
Beidas jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead but Gomez would storm back by winning the next three games from the Cairo, Egypt native. Beidas quickly responded by finishing off Gomez 6-3 in the first set.
Gomez and Beidas would stay on serve throughout the second set before Beidas finished off the Tech freshman 7-5 in the tiebreaker to move on to the second round.
TULSA, Okla. - Duke senior David Goulet ended his collegiate career on Wednesday with a straight set loss to No. 6 Robert Farah of Southern California in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.
Goulet, who is ranked No. 55 in the ITA singles rankings, won the first game of the day to take a 1-0 lead, but after that Farah went on a big run to take control of the first set. He wound up breaking Goulet's next two serves while holding his own three to take a 5-1 lead in the match. Goulet had two chances to break Farah with the score 4-1 but was unable to get one more point. Farah went on to close out the first set 6-2.
"In the first set he (Farah) was playing amazing," said Goulet. "I don't think I have ever seen anybody play that well in the first set. I could have played a little better but I don't think it would have made that much of a difference."
TULSA, Okla. - Pepperdine's 11th-ranked Andre Begemann stopped a late-match rally by Wake Forest junior Cory Parr in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament to advance on to the Round of 32 with a 6-2, 6-7, 6-4 win.
After dropping the first set 6-2, Parr fought through the second to take a tiebreaker win, evening the set score. In the final set Parr got behind early with a 4-1 deficit, but took three straight games to tie Begemann at 4-4.
Begemann went on to take the match win with a 6-4 finish in the third set.
"He really just had a bad start to the third set," Wake Forest head coach Jeff Zinn said. "After Cory got caught up, Begemann just served a really good game. In that final game Cory played a little bit nervously. But he played a solid match against one of the better players in the country. He can play with the top guys in country, he just needs to realize it."