Deacons Finish Opening Weekend 2-0
Jan. 26, 2008
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. and NORFOLK, Va. - The No. 15 Wake Forest men's tennis team opened the spring season with a 5-2 win over the College of William and Mary on Saturday and followed with a 6-1 win over Old Dominion on Sunday.
Wake Forest (2-0) will follow up the weekend road wins with its first home match of the season against Wisconsin on Sunday, February 3 at 11 a.m.
William & Mary Recap
The Tribe (3-2) jumped out to an early lead with a clean sweep in doubles. At No. 1, Demon Deacons (1-0) Cory Parr and Steve Forman held an early advantage, until W&M's Alex Zuck and Richard Wardell broke the Wake Forest serve to knot the pro-set at six games each. The Demon Deacon duo was later edged in a tiebreaker.
"William and Mary played very well in doubles and we looked like we were sick from the flu or something," Wake Forest head coach Jeff Zinn said. "It was a little disheartening, since traditionally doubles has been a strong point for us."
But the Deacs charged back and took four straight-set wins to tame the Tribe in singles. Sophomore Jason Morganstern quickly downed Alex Zuck at No. 6 with a 6-0, 6-1 win to even the match score at 1-1.
On the other side of the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center, Wake Forest senior Mariusz Adamski opened play with Keziel Juneau with a 6-4 set and shutdown the Quebec native in the second set 6-0 to give the Demon Deacons an overall 2-1 lead.
The closest battles of the morning were in the top spots, where WFU's Cory Parr battled at No.1 against Alex Cojanu, and Demon Deacon Steve Forman faced Dominic Pagon at No. 2.
Pagon and Forman exchanged leads several times in the first set, but Pagon eventually slipped through to take a 6-4 win. Forman came back after trailing in the second set to take the contest to a tie-breaker, but Pagon took the win for the only Tribe singles victory of the day.
With the score tied at 2-2 Wake Forest sophomore Andrew Brasseaux defeated Marwan Ramadan 6-3, 6-4 at No. 5 to set the Deacons within one point of the match win.
"The sophomores Andrew and Jason really picked up the team today," Zinn said. "Their wins really helped set the tone for the match."
In his collegiate dual match debut, freshman Jon Wolff defeated Richard Wardell at No. 4 6-2, 7-5 to clinch the Wake Forest win. Back at No. 1, Cory Parr came back after dropping the first set to take Alex Cojanu to a super-tiebreaker, where he earned the final Wake Forest singles win with a 10-4 breaker.
#15 Wake Forest 5, #43 William and Mary 2
Wake Forest 6, Old Dominion 1
1. Adamski/Salmon (WFU) def. Seleznev/Igarashi (ODU) 8-6
1. Cory Parr (WFU) def. Alex Seleznev (ODU) 6-0, 6-2