Deacons Knock Off Penn State, New Mexico
Jan. 27, 2013
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTennis)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest men's tennis team topped Penn State 4-0 and New Mexico 8-1 to close out a perfect weekend at the Indoor Tennis Center, starting the season 6-0 for the first time since 2005.
The No. 65 Demon Deacons got off to a strong start in singles against the Nittany Lions in the resumption of a match that started with doubles last night, and got the clinching point at No. 4 from freshman Jon Ho, who rallied back to win a three-setter.
In the night cap, the Deacons and 59th-ranked Lobos played eight singles matches in addition to doubles, meaning that a team had to get to five points to win, and freshman Anthony Delcore, making his dual match singles debut at No. 7, closed out the 8-1 victory.
Wake Forest came into the morning action leading 1-0 against Penn State after winning the doubles point last night, and the Demon Deacons won the first three singles matches to finish to earn the 4-0 win.
Danny Kreyman and Amogh Prabhakar each picked up quick wins to push the Wake Forest advantage to 3-0. Kreyman topped Tomas Hanzlik 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 2 position, and No. 59 Prabhakar beat Roman Trkulja 7-5, 6-1 at No. 3.
But the deciding point would not come nearly as easily.
Penn State's Russell Bader had cruised by Ho 6-2 in the first set at No. 4, but the Demon Deacon freshman rallied to take the second set 6-3, forcing a deciding third. Ho finally broke to take a 5-4 lead in the final set, giving him a chance to serve out the match for Wake Forest. Bader saved the first three match points that he faced, but on the fourth, Ho came charging to the net and put away a volley to give the Deacons the win.
Wake Forest fought past New Mexico in doubles, sweeping all three matches to take a 1-0 lead.
Playing together for the first time since the fall, Adam Lee and Kreyman rolled past Riaan Du Toit and James Hignett 8-1 at the No. 2 position. David Hopkins and Prabhakar clinched the point at the top position, downing Jadon Phillips and Conor Berg 8-4 to extend their winning streak to 9 matches. They are a perfect 6-0 in dual match play at No. 1.
In singles, Ho finished first for the Demon Deacons at the No. 4 position, rolling past Du Toit 6-1, 6-3. Hopkins pushed the lead to 3-0 at the top spot, blanking Phillips 6-0, 6-0.
Playing singles in a dual match for the first time, Mays knocked off Van Der Vyver 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 8 slot, and his fellow debutante Delcore clinched the match for Wake Forest at the No. 7 position, grinding out a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Hegelund for the Deacons' fifth point.
Adam Lee battled through a tight first set against New Mexico's Mitch McDaniels, winning it in a tiebreak, and kept momentum going in the second set to earn a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win. Bloom rallied back after dropping the first set, to take down Hignett 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
In final match on court, 59th-ranked Prabhakar took an easy first set from No. 73 Samir Iftikhar at No. 2, but the Lobo came back to take the second in a tiebreak. Prabhakar broke early in the third set to open up a gap and held onto the lead, finishing the match 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3.
Wake Forest will return to action on Friday when it hosts No. 36 Louisville at 5 p.m.
#65 Wake Forest 4, Penn State 0
#65 Wake Forest 8, #59 New Mexico 1