Deacons Split Doubleheader with No. 14 Tennessee, Elon
Feb. 10, 2013
Deacons Drop 4-3 Heartbreaker to No. 14 Tennessee
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - After No. 36 Wake Forest dug itself out of a 3-0 hole to tie No. 14 Tennessee 3-3, the Volunteers' Brandon Fickey rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the third set to defeat Jon Ho in the deciding No. 4 singles match, giving the Vols a 4-3 win over the Demon Deacons on Sunday at the Indoor Tennis Center.
Fickey had double-faulted on break point serving at 3-4 in the final set to give Ho a chance to serve out the match for the Demon Deacons at 5-3. But the Wake Forest freshman couldn't close it out, as Fickey broke back and then went on to win four straight game to take the match 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
With the Volunteers (11-1) leading 3-0 thanks to a doubles sweep and wins at the top two singles positions, a rowdy crowd of 314 watch the Demon Deacons (8-2) claw their way back into the match thanks to wins by Danny Kreyman, Adam Lee and Sam Bloom.
No. 90 Kreyman put the first point on the board for Wake Forest at the third position. The senior's match against Tennessee's Jarryd Chaplin went down to the wire in both sets, but Kreyman pulled out a 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) victory.
A strong comeback in the second and third sets gave Lee a big win at the fifth spot against John Collins to cut the Volunteer lead to 3-2. The junior from Auckland, New Zealand dropped the first set 6-1, but took an early break in the second set and never looked back. Lee defeated Collins by a score of 1-6, 6-1, 6-2.
As Wake Forest sought to tie the overall score, the home crowd got behind Bloom at No. 6 singles. Bloom battled to win a tiebreak in the first set against Tennessee veteran Edward Jones and then pulled out the second set in another tiebreak, taking the match 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6) to even the overall score at 3-3.
But the Deacons couldn't complete the comeback as Fickey topped Ho at No. 4 to seal victory for the Volunteers.
Tennessee had swept in doubles to take the first point of the match. At the third position, Wake Forest's Jon Ho and Bloom fell to Hunter Reese and Brandon Fickey of the Volunteers by a score of 8-4. The Deacon freshmen stayed close with Reese and Fickey for most of the match, but Tennessee scored two late breaks to take the match.
Kreyman and Lee of Wake Forest had a wild match at the second doubles spot against John Collins and Edward Jones of Tennessee. Both sides had a hard time holding on their serve, resulting in six straight breaks. But the Volunteers went up a break at 7-5, and then finished the match with a rare service game win to clinch the doubles point.
At the first spot, top Deacons doubles partners David Hopkins and Amogh Prabhakar came close to a win over No. 26 Mikelis Libietis and Chaplin. After trading early breaks, Tennessee and Wake Forest stayed neck and neck, reaching a 7-7 tie, but Libietis and Chaplin took the deciding tiebreaker, winning the match by a score of 8-7 (5).
In singles, the Volunteers earned their first points at the top positions. After a neck-and-neck first set, No. 59 Prabhakar fell to No. 40 Reese by a score of 7-5, 6-2 at the second spot, giving the Volunteers the first singles point.
Hopkins fought hard against No. 9 Libietis at the first spot, but came up just short. After losing a tight first set, Hopkins and Libietis reached a 6-6 tied in the second. Libietis took the decisive tiebreaker, scoring a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) win over Hopkins.
The Deacons will next face Elon tonight at 6 p.m. at the Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center. Live scoring will be available on WakeForestSports.com
#14 Tennessee 4, #36 Wake Forest 3
Deacons Bounce Back to Beat Elon 6-1
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - David Hopkins notched the first top 25 singles win of his career as Wake Forest overcame a slow start in singles to cruise by Elon 6-1.
Hopkins defeated No. 21 Cameron Silverman 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (9) for his second ranked singles win this season and the highest-ranked victory of his career. The senior from Winston-Salem also teamed with fellow senior Amogh Prabhakar to top Elon's 22nd-ranked duo of Silverman and Stefan Fortmann for their highest-ranked win of the year.
Hopkins wasn't the only Deac to notch a ranked singles win as No. 59 Prabhakar came from behind to down No. 117 Fortmann 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (1) at No. 2 singles.
The Demon Deacons rolled through the doubles point against Elon to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
At No. 3 doubles, Sam Bloom and Jon Ho cruised past Robert Lindgren and Juan Madrid 8-3, and only seconds later, Danny Kreyman and Adam Lee posted an identical 8-3 win over Jordan Kaufman and Brian Kowalski at No. 2 to give the Deacons the point.
In the final match on court, David Hopkins and Amogh Prabhakar earned their second ranked win of the year, beating No. 22 Stefan Fortmann and Cameron Silverman 8-5 to avenge their two fall losses to the Phoenix duo.
The Phoenix put the Demon Deacons on their heels a bit at the start of singles, but the Deacons bounced back to take five first sets and eventually five of the six matches.
Lee finished first for the Deacs at No. 5 singles, topping Madrid 6-3, 6-1. Ho came next at No. 4, shrugging off an 0-4 start to defeat Kaufman 7-5, 6-1.
No. 90 Kreyman clinched the match for the Deacons at No. 3, surviving a tough first set to beat Lindgren 7-6 (1), 6-2. The win was the 97th singles victory of his career, tying him with current assistant coach Brett Ross for sixth place in school history.
Hopkins and Prabhakar then followed for the final two points for Wake Forest. Elon's lone point came at No. 6 where Kowalski outlasted Bloom 4-6, 7-6 (6), 1-0 (5) after a 10-point tiebreak was played in lieu of a third set since the overall match was already decided.
Wake Forest will have a couple weeks off from competition before returning to action on March 1 with a home match against Oklahoma at 4 p.m.
#36 Wake Forest 6, Elon 1