No. 19 Deacons Beat No. 23 LSU 4-1 at Kick-Off Weekend
Jan. 25, 2014
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMTennis)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Pedro Dumont won the clinching singles match as No. 19 Wake Forest beat No. 23 LSU 4-1 to advance to the second round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend being hosted by Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn.
Wake Forest (5-0) had won the doubles point and raced to a 3-0 lead overall before LSU (1-1) started to fight back, pushing three singles matches to third sets. But the Dumont, familiar with the Tigers from his time playing at Mississippi State last season, came through to beat Justin Butsch 5-6 (7), 6-3, 6-3, taking the wind out of the comeback and set up a meeting with No. 20 Texas tomorrow for a spot in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
The Demon Deacons won a doubles point that was competitive - even if only one of the three matches was. The Tigers' top team of No. 60 Chris Simpson and Boris Arias beat Wake Forest's No. 30 Pedro Dumont and Adam Lee 6-0 only minutes before Wake's Romain Bogaerts and Maksim Kan finished off a 6-0 shutout of their own over No. 46 Eric Perez and Tam Trinh.
That left the opening point to be decided at the No. 3 position. The Wake Forest team of Aws Laaribi and Anthony Delcore broke Andrew Korinek and Butsch midway through the set and served out a 6-4 win that put the Demon Deacons in front 1-0.
In singles, No. 59 Lee bounced back from his doubles defeat to take down Korinek 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 2 spot. Kan continued his strong freshman season with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Trinh at No. 3 to make the score 3-0 in Wake Forest's favor.
The Deacs looked like they would finish things quickly after No. 20 Bogaerts took the first set 6-1 from No. 72 Simpson at No. 1, but the LSU junior won the second set in a tiebreak, forcing a third.
It was then that Dumont stepped up to post the clinching win, giving Wake Forest a chance to qualify for the National Indoor Championships for the first time in program history.
At the time that Dumont clinched victory, Bogaerts was only two points finishing off Simpson, leading 5-1 in the third set tiebreak.
The Demon Deacons will take on the Longhorns in what will be the first of two meetings this season tomorrow at 3 p.m. EST. Live scoring will be available at vucommodores.com.
#19 Wake Forest 4, #23 LSU 1