Wake Forest Downs William & Mary, Norfolk State
Feb. 17, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest men's tennis team extended its winning streak to four matches, defeating William & Mary 5-2 and Norfolk State 7-0 at the Indoor Tennis Center Friday.
The Demon Deacons (8-4) swept the doubles matches against both opponents, helped by the addition of sophomore transfer Sam Wells, who was making his Wake Forest debut, to the lineup. Wells teamed with Conner Sherwood at No. 3 doubles against the Tribe and at No. 1 doubles against the Spartans, posting two victories.
"It was great to get Sam Wells back in the doubles lineup, and I think it provided a good boost for him to get a good win against William & Mary at No. 3 doubles. William and Mary is traditionally very good at doubles and they've had some close doubles points this year, so that was a great start to that match." said head coach Tony Bresky. "Then to come out in the evening match with a quick turnaround and get a win over Norfolk State was very good. I'm feeling good about how the team is doing and our performance tonight for sure."
The Deacons started the day strong against William & Mary by sweeping the doubles point for the first time since the season's opening day. Danny Kreyman and Adam Lee jumped on Ben Guthrie and John Banks early at No. 2 and cruised to an 8-2 win.
Making his Wake Forest debut after recovering from an offseason injury, Wells teamed with Conner Sherwood at the No. 3 position to clinch the doubles point, edging Jacob Braig and Ben Hoogland 8-6 with Wells using his big serve to close out the final game.
David Hopkins and Amogh Prabhakar rounded out the sweep at the No. 1 spot, downing Anton Andersson and Will Juggins 8-6.
In singles Hopkins was first off the court at No. 2, beating Guthrie 6-4, 6-2 to push the Wake Forest lead to 2-0. Hoogland pulled the Tribe back within a point with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Sherwood at No. 2, but Lee finished off Banks 6-4, 6-3 at No. 4 moments later to put the Deacons on the verge of clinching at 3-1.
Prabhakar, the Deacons' leader in dual match singles wins, notched the clinching point at the No. 3 position, taking down Adrian Vodislav 6-2, 6-4. Kreyman expanded the Wake Forest advantage to 5-1 with a 6-1, 7-6 (5) victory over Andersson at the top position. The Tribe picked up the final point at No. 6, where Juggins split sets with Alex Tsai and then won the 10-point tiebreak that was played in lieu of the third set since the overall match had already been decided.
The Deacons mixed up their doubles pairings against Norfolk State, but still won all three matches. Lee and Prabhakar dominated at the No. 2 doubles position, shutting out Daniel Graeul and Christian Romanzini 8-0.
Hopkins and Prabhakar clinched the point at No. 3, defeating Igor Braga and Shaheed Mourillon-Swift 8-3. Sherwood and Wells, who moved up to the top position after playing No. 3 against William & Mary, completed the sweep with a 8-5 win over Arsenio Culver and Ben Marks.
Prabhakar put the Deacons ahead 2-0 with a quick win at No. 3 singles where he downed Braga 6-0, 6-2. Lee was finished next at No. 5, knocking off Romanzini 6-1, 6-1. Hopkins clinched the match at No. 1 with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Marks.
Tsai picked up Wake Forest's fifth point at No. 6 where he eased by Roosevelt Cooper 6-3, 6-1, and Sherwood made the lead 6-0 at No. 4, taking down Grauel 6-0, 6-2. Danny Kreyman finished off the sweep at No. 2, battling through a tough first set to beat Culver 7-6 (4), 6-2.
The Demon Deacons will hit the road for the first time since January next week when they travel to take on No. 35 Louisville on Feb. 25 at 5 p.m.
#42 Wake Forest 5, William & Mary 2
#42 Wake Forest 7, Norfolk State 0