Four Men's Teams Roll On to Semifinals at ACC Tennis Championship
April 20, 2007
CARY, N.C. - Three of the four top-seeded teams and a strong sixth-seeded Florida State squad will advance to the semifinal round after winning their quarterfinal matches Friday at the 2007 ACC Men's Tennis Championship in Cary Tennis Park.
The day began with a pair of early morning matches at 9 a.m., as ACC regular-season champion and top seed Virginia played eighth-seeded Miami and No. 4 seed Wake Forest faced No. 5 seed Clemson.
UVa was the first to pocket a win on the day, as the Cavaliers secured a 4-1 victory versus Miami. Virginia won the doubles point and held a 3-0 lead after Teddy Angelinos cruised past Hurricanes' Barnabas Carrega, 6-0, 6-0, in singles action. Miami's Josh Cohen put the `Canes on the board, but UVa would pick up two more wins, including Somdev Devvarman's 6-1, 6-3, victory over ACC Player of the Year Luigi D'Agord, for the match.
Wake Forest quickly took care of business despite starting off the day with a loss at No. 3 doubles. The Demon Deacons came back with a vengeance, winning the last two doubles matches to secure the doubles point. Wake Forest extended its lead to 3-0 after All-ACC performers Todd Paul and Cory Parr won their singles matches at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Clemson would close in on the lead 3-2, as Ryan Young and Carlos Alvarez won at Nos. 3 and 5 singles. Mariusz Adamski, however, spoiled it for the Tigers as his win at No. 4 singles (0-6, 6-3, 7-5) clinched the match for the Deacs 4-2.
The afternoon matches ended with 4-2 decisions as No. 2 seed North Carolina defeated 10th-seeded Virginia Tech and No. 6 seed topped the No. 3 seeded Duke Blue Devils. Both UNC and FSU jumped out with strong starts, securing the doubles point. However, they found themselves holding off late rallies from their respective opponents in the last three matches in singles play. For the Tar Heels and Seminoles, the game-winner came down to the No. 1 singles position.
Virginia and Wake Forest will battle in the first semifinal match at 10 a.m. on Saturday. UVa holds a slight 3-2 all-time edge over the Demon Deacons in the league championship. The Cavaliers play in the semis for the fourth year in a row, while the Deacs return for the fifth time since 2001.
The second semifinal match features UNC and a tough Seminole team hitting the court at 1 p.m. The Tar Heels are back in the semifinal round after missing it in 2006, and FSU makes its third straight appearance.
Live coverage of the semifinal and championship matches on Saturday and Sunday for both the ACC Men's and Women's Tennis Championships will be broadcast on the internet at www.ACCSelect.com.
Friday, April 20, 2007 - Quarterfinal Results
Saturday, April 21 - Semifinal Schedule