No. 49 Wake Forest Downs No. 41 Louisville 4-2
Feb. 1, 2013
By Ben Helms, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTennis)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Senior David Hopkins defeated his first ranked opponent of the season and No. 90 Danny Kreyman clinched the match in a dramatic tiebreaker to give the Wake Forest men's tennis team a 4-2 victory over No. 41 Louisville on Friday evening.
Louisville took a contentious doubles point with wins at the first and third positions. Jeffrey Brown and Luis Elizondo broke early in the No. 3 doubles match, but Morgan Mays and Anthony Delcore kept the match within reach. Ultimately, Brown and Elizondo proved too much for the freshman duo, taking the match by an 8-5 margin.
A wild match at the No. 1 position got the crowd going as Hopkins and Amogh Prabhakar took on No. 31 Alex Gornet and Albert Wagner of Louisville. The Cardinals broke Hopkins and Prabhakar in the first game and sprinted out to a 4-1 lead, but the Deacs refused to go away. Hopkins and Prabhakar put together a furious comeback in the second half of the match, pulling to within one game at 7-6. In the final game of the match, Gornet and Wagner prevailed on their first match point to close out the Deacons, 8-6.
At No. 2 doubles, Kreyman and Adam Lee reached a 7-7 stalemate with Louisville's Van Damrongsri and Sebastian Stiefelmeyer, but the match was suspended due to the doubles point already being decided.
Lee put the first point on the board for Wake Forest in singles with a dominant victory over Gornet at No. 5 singles. The junior blanked Gornet in the first set, then decisively took the second set to record a 6-0, 6-3 victory.
Jon Ho kept the Demon Deacons rolling with a victory at No. 4 singles against Elizondo by a score of 6-3, 6-4. Ho and Elizondo traded breaks in the first set before the freshman took control. Ho won a back-and-forth second set to seal the match for the Deacs.
Hopkins scored a huge victory at No. 1 singles, defeating No. 82 Stiefelmeyer in straight sets. After breaking early on, Hopkins took a 3-0 lead and won the first set, 6-2. However, the senior had to fight back from a 4-3 deficit in the second set to overtake his opponent. Hopkins broke Stiefelmeyer in the last game to take the match, 6-2, 6-4.
With Wake Forest on the verge of victory, Kreyman came through with a thrilling and decisive victory at the No. 3 position. Facing Louisville's Chris Simich, Kreyman took the early lead with a first set victory and, after going up 4-2 in the second set, it seemed that Kreyman would cruise to a second set victory. Simich did not back down, though, and fought back to tie the set at 6-6.
The tiebreaker proved to be a roller coaster. Kreyman took a quick lead, but Simich responded with an equally quick comeback. Leading 11-10, Kreyman finally picked up a hard-earned match point to clinch the overall match for the Demon Deacons, with a score of 6-2, 7-6 (12-10). His win guaranteed Wake's fourth victory against a ranked opponent this season.
Wake Forest will be back in action on Sunday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. as the squad travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on the No. 20 Wolverines inside the Preston Robert Tisch Building at Michigan's Varsity Tennis Center.
Tennis Match Results
#49 Wake Forest 4, #41 Louisville 2