Men Tennis NCAA ACCtion: Thursday, May 21
May 21, 2009
Inglot and Shabaz Upset No. 1 Seed in NCAA First Round
Inglot and Shabaz, ranked No. 12, played a close first set with the top-ranked Rebel duo. Both teams served well as no game even went to deuce and the opening set went to a tiebreaker. The Virginia team took a 5-3 lead in the breaker only to see the Ole Miss team win four straight points to win the tiebreaker 7-5.
In the second set, Inglot and Shabaz took an early lead, breaking Berg at love in the second game to take a 2-0. That one break was all the Cavalier team needed, holding serve in the set to take it 6-3.
Weinacker Blasts to Round of 16, Earns All-American Honors
Weinacker started the first set at a 3-1 deficit, but bounced back and won four of the next five games to take the 5-4 lead. After Cubas tied up the games, Weinacker retook the lead in a game that went to 40-all and multiple points were played until Jay earned the advantage and turned it into a win for the game. Cubas won the next game, sending the set into a tie-break. Weinacker dominated the tiebreak, 7-1, to win the first set 7-6.
In the second set, the two opponents traded games back and forth. Weinacker was able to pull ahead and win the final three games for a final set score of 6-4, and earn a spot in the round of 16.
UNC Pair Advances In NCAA Doubles Tournament
UNC's pair beat Radford's duo of Martin Sayer and Zachary Watson 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
With the victory, Fogleman now has 99 career doubles victories. His first chance at breaking the 100-win plateau will come Friday against Kiryl Harbatsiuk and Anton Stryhas of Sacramento State, who upset the overall No. 3 seed in the tournament on Thursday.
Bowles And Seminoles End Season In Heartbreaking Fashion
The 58th-ranked Bowles lost to Rice's Bruno Rosa in three sets 5-7, 7-5, 6-0 to end his season. In the first set, both players held serve easily until 6-5. The Tampa, Fla., capitalized on his only break chance of the set to take the set 7-5. It looked like Bowles was going to cruise into the round of 16 earning two breaks in the second set to go up 5-1. However, Rosa was able to break Bowles and save three set points at 5-3 to get a second break. Rosa won the last six games of the set and cruised to a 6-0 victory in the third and deciding set to advance.
In the first round of doubles, juniors Jean-Yves Aubone and Vahid Mirzadeh were defeated by Oklahoma State's Oleksandr Nedovyesov and Nathan Byrnes, 6-2, 6-2. The duo started slowly losing the first four games of the first set and could not recover to lose 6-2. The pair went down an early break in the second set and went on to lose 6-2.
Gomez Defeated In NCAA Singles
The sophomore All-American jumped out to a commanding lead early, taking the first set 6-3. He then led 1-0 in the second, before Johnson climbed back to take the set by a 6-3 score. Gomez then fell behind 4-1 in the third, before his opponent closed out the set and the match with the win.
Gomez ends his outstanding season with a 29-10 record in singles play. He surpassed his 2008 win total of 27 by two-matches, and with 56 career wins he currently sits at eighth on the school's all-time win percentage list at .718 (56-22). Some of his honors include being named the ITA Mideast Region Player to Watch, as well as being named All-ACC for the second-straight year. Gomez was also outstanding in the classroom, garnering ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III Second Team honors.