No. 1 Wake Forest Storms Back to Defeat Vanderbilt for ITA Kickoff Title
Jan. 27, 2018

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMTennis)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The top-ranked Wake Forest men's tennis team fought back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Vanderbilt, 4-3, on Saturday evening at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.

The victory gave the Demon Deacons (4-0) the championship of the ITA Kickoff Weekend and earns them a spot in the ITA National Indoor Chanmpionships, held Feb. 16-19 in Seattle, Washington.

The Commodores (4-1) established control early in the match, taking the doubles point with a 6-4 win at no. 1 and a 6-3 win at no. 2.

After Bar Botzer took down Maxwell Freeman, 6-3, 6-2, at no. 5 to begin singles play, Vanderbilt's Cameron Klinger answered with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Petros Chrysochos at no. 2. Moments later, the Deacs lost at no. 6 to fall behind, 3-1.

Needing to win the remaining three matches in progress, Skander Mansouri won a second-set tiebreaker to put a point on the board for Wake Forest. Then, Borna Gojo survived two tiebreakers to defeat Daniel Valent in straight sets at no. 1.

In the deciding match, freshman Rrezart Cungu rallied after dropping the first set to take the second set, 6-4, and force the match to a third. Despite falling behind in the third set, Cungu forced a tiebreaker, where he prevailed, 7-4, and gave the Demon Deacons the thrilling comeback win.

Up next, the Deacs will have over a week off from competition before traveling to Oklahoma State for a 2 p.m. match on Feb. 11.

Singles Results:
1. Borna Gojo (WF) def. No. 50 Daniel Valent (VANDY) 7-6 (7-0), 7-6 (7-2)
2. Cameron Klinger (VANDY) def. No. 4 Petros Chrysochos (WF) 6-2, 6-4
3. No. 15 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Baker Newman (VANDY) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
4. Rrezart Cungu (WF) def. Billy Rowe (VANDY) 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
5. No. 88 Bar Botzer (WF) def. Maxwell Freeman (VANDY) 6-3, 6-2
6. George Harwell (VANDY) def. Alan Gadjiev (WF) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles Results:
1. Cameron Klinger / Billy Rowe (VANDY) def. Skander Mansouri / Christian Seraphim (WF) 6-4
2. Lachlan McPhee / Panu Virtanen (VANDY) def. Borna Gojo / Ian Dempster (WF) 6-3
3. Petros Chrysochos / Bar Botzer (WF) vs. Daniel Valent / Baker Newman (VANDY) 4-2, unfinished