Deacons Sweep Doubleheader with Elon and Winthrop
Feb. 11, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest men's tennis team easily rolled past Elon and Winthrop in a doubleheader Saturday at the Indoor Tennis Center, topping the Phoenix 6-1 before finishing off the Eagles 7-0 in the nightcap.
David Hopkins, Amogh Prabhakar and Adam Lee all went a perfect 4-0 in singles and doubles for the No. 42 Demon Deacons (6-4), who lost only two singles sets in the two matches combined. The Deacs also won the doubles point in both matches, breaking a skid that had seen them drop the opening point in four straight matches.
Both doubles points came by virtue of wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. Hopkins and Prabhakar played No. 1, topping Elon's Cameron Silverman and Eric Turner 8-6 and Winthrop's Guy Kubi and Nadav Ruppin 8-4. The No. 2 slot was occupied by Lee and Danny Kreyman, who defeated Elon's Jordan Kaufman and Andrew Prince 8-3 and Winthrop's Dylan Comerford and Rich Meade 8-4.
The Phoenix started tough in singles, winning the first set in two matches. Prabhakar scored the Deacons' second point at the No. 3 position, when his opponent, Turner, was forced to retire with a hip injury. Prabhakar had won an easy 6-2 first set, but Turner was leading 3-0 in the second at the time of his injury.
Lee put the Deacons ahead 3-0 with a win at No. 4, cruising by Juan Madrid 6-1, 6-2. David Hopkins picked up the clinching fourth point at second singles, downing Stefan Fortmann 6-2, 6-4.
Alex Tsai was next off the court for the Deacs, downing Elon's Carlos Arboleda 6-2, 6-3 at No. 6, and Conner Sherwood moved the Deacon lead to 6-0, rallying after dropping the first set to beat Kaufman 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (8).
Elon's lone point came at No. 1 where Silverman defeated Kreyman 6-3, 6-7 (2), 1-0 (7).
Singles against Winthrop would go a little bit smoother with the Deacons sweeping all six matches in straight sets. Tsai was first off the court at No. 6, posting a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Luka Stanic.
Prabhakar defeated Yuta Hirokawa 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3 to improve his dual match singles record to a team-leading 8-1. Kreyman scored the clinching point at No. 2, downing Kubi 6-4, 6-3.
Lee finished off his perfect day at No. 4 singles, taking two tight sets against Comerford 7-5, 6-4. Hopkins took down Ruppin at No. 1 by a 6-4, 6-3 scoreline to make the score 6-0 in Wake Forest's favor. Sherwood showed mental toughness in gutting out a 7-6 (1), 7-5 win over Meade. Sherwood had trailed 5-4 in the second set before rallying to win the next three games.
Wake Forest will play another doubleheader next Friday, Feb. 17, when it hosts William & Mary at 2 p.m. and Norfolk State at 6 p.m.
#42 Wake Forest 6, Elon 1
#42 Wake Forest 7, Winthrop 0