Wake Forest Sweeps Past Winthrop 7-0 in Opener
Jan. 14, 2013
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTennis)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest men's tennis team started strong in doubles and followed by sweeping the singles matches to take down Winthrop 7-0 on Monday evening at the Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center.
The Demon Deacons (1-0) earned wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles positions to take the doubles point and quickly clinched the overall match in singles through straight-set wins by Sam Bloom, Adam Lee and Amogh Prabhakar. The Deacons played four freshmen in the match, three in doubles and two in singles.
"I think at the start of the match we had some nerves, but I thought overall at some positions we did a great job," said head coach Tony Bresky. "The guys were excited. It's a good start to the year."
In doubles play, Adam Lee and John Ho cruised to an 8-2 victory over Winthrop's Juan Pablo Boada and Michael Chen at the No. 3 spot to notch Wake's first win on the day.
Despite splitting the first six games at three apiece, the No. 1 duo of David Hopkins and Amogh Prabhakar stormed through the remainder of their match, claiming five of the final six games en route to an 8-4 victory over Dylan Comerford and Steven Patrick that sealed the doubles point for the Demon Deacons.
Freshman Sam Bloom, who placed second at the WFU Spring Invite on Sunday, delivered the first bagel of the day playing No. 5 singles. He fell behind 2-0 and was down 0-40 in the third game against Boada in the first set before coming alive, winning 12 straight games to earn the 6-2, 6-0 victory that put Wake Forest up 2-0 in the overall match.
"Sam has worked as hard, or harder, than any guy on the team so far," said Bresky. "He has great energy and is a fearless competitor. He's proving to be a great player for us now and hopefully for years to come.
Lee also cruised to an easy singles victory at No. 6 singles, besting Winthrop's Boada by a 6-2, 6-2 margin. The New Zealand native's win was never in doubt as he took control from the very beginning of the match to help continue the Deacon sweep.
Prabhakar clinched the match for the Deacons with a dominant 6-2, 6-0 performance against Tennessee-transfer Peter Nagovnak. Like Bloom, the senior played a tight match early on, fighting to an early 2-2 split before finding his game. The No. 59-ranked player in the nation then proceeded to win the final 10 games of the match to seal the overall win.
After easing to a doubles victory, Ho also played very well at the No. 4 singles position. After falling behind 4-2 in the opening set against Winthrop's Chen, the freshman rattled off wins in four consecutive games to claim the set. Ho continued with the momentum in his favor throughout the second set, eventually claiming the 6-4, 6-3 win.
In the final two-set match to finish, Hopkins also was never challenged by Comerford of the Eagles in a statement 6-1, 6-1 win. His powerful serve pushed his opponent around the court and left Comerford in difficult positions, allowing Hopkins to dispatch him in short fashion.
Danny Kreyman played the lone three-set singles match of the night, coming from behind to earn the win at No. 3 singles despite dropping the first set. Hirokawa showed off his talent in the first set, pressing the pace of the game to fit his style while grabbing a 6-2 win. No. 90 Kreyman refused to back down, though, and took control of the match in the second set as he powered to a 6-2 victory of his own. The two traded games to start the final set. Kreyman persevered, though, and pushed his way to a 6-4 win in the set to claim the match 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.
The Deacs will return to action in a doubleheader next Saturday, Jan. 19, as they face Charlotte at 10:00 a.m. and ETSU later in the day at 5:00 p.m. Live scoring for all matches will be carried on WakeForestSports.com.
#66 Wake Forest 7, Winthrop 0
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