No. 20 Michigan Downs Wake Forest 5-2
Feb. 3, 2013
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTennis)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Senior Amogh Prabhakar earned his first top 50 singles win, but it was not enough to preserve the Wake Forest's men's tennis team's unbeaten record as No. 20 Michigan handed the Demon Deacons their first loss of the season by a 5-2 score on Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The 49th-ranked Demon Deacons dropped to 7-1 on the season, and Wolverines improved to 4-1.
Prabhakar, who himself is ranked No. 59 nationally, defeated the Wolverines' No. 48 Vlad Stefan 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2 singles to extend his winning streak to nine matches. The senior from Bangalore, India is now 4-2 against ranked players this season.
Michigan won the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions, but Adam Lee quickly tied the match once singles got underway with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Shaun Bernstein at the No. 5 spot.
The Wolverines answered back as Evan King topped David Hopkins 6-4, 6-4 at the top position before Prabhakar defeated Stefan at No. 2 to again knot the match at 2-2.
But the Deacons, who had dropped the first set on five of six singles court, had dug themselves too big of a hole to get out of. Alex Petrone picked up Michigan's third point at the No. 3 position, taking down No. 90 Danny Kreyman 7-5, 6-4.
Barrett Franks clinched the match for the Wolverines at No. 6, winning two tight sets against Wake Forest's Sam Bloom 7-5, 7-6 (4). In the final match on court, Michael Zhu held off Jon Ho 7-5, 1-6, 7-5 at No. 4 singles, handing the Deacon freshman his first loss of the dual match season.
Wake Forest travel to No. 48 South Carolina on Thursday at 4 p.m. before returning home for another top 20 clash against No. 15 Tennessee on Sunday, Feb. 10 at noon. The Demon Deacons will also face Elon on Feb. 10 at 6 p.m.
#20 Michigan 5, #49 Wake Forest 2