No. 1 Deacs Advance Past No. 8 Trojans, 4-1
Feb. 17, 2018

Final Stats

By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMTennis)

SEATTLE, Wash. – The top-ranked Wake Forest men’s tennis team advanced to the semifinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship with a 4-1 victory over No. 8 USC Saturday (Feb. 17) evening.

The Trojans (6-2) got an early lead on the Deacs (7-0), taking the doubles point. After Borna Gojo and Skander Mansouri cruised to a 6-1 victory at No. 2 doubles, USC picked up a 6-3 victory at No. 3 and a 6-4 decision at the top doubles spot to take an early 1-0 lead.

Wake Forest responded by taking the first set on five of the six singles courts. Mansouri wasted little time knotting the score at 1-all as he dominated No. 119 Logan Smith, 6-1, 6-1. Gojo, ranked 100th nationally, put the Deacs ahead for good as he upset No. 11 Brandon Holt, 6-3, 6-3.

Petros Chrysochos and Bar Botzer closed the match out for Wake Forest, as the pair picked up victories within minutes of each other. Chrysochos put the Deacs one point away from victory with a 6-4, 6-3 decision at the No. 2 slot. Moments later, Botzer sealed the Wake Forest victory with a 7-5, 6-2 triumph at No. 4 singles.

Christian Seraphim was up a set and on serve in the second set when his match was abandoned while Julian Zlobinsky, who dropped a first-set tiebreaker, was leading 5-2 in the second set when play was stopped.

 

 

The Demon Deacons will face Stanford, the No. 5 team in the field in the semifinals on Sunday, Feb. 18. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m. (ET)

#1 Wake Forest 4, #8 USC 1

Doubles Results:
1. Holt/Smith (USC) def. Seraphim/Dempster (WF), 6-4
2. Gojo/Mansouri (WF) def. Jaede/Verboven (USC), 6-1
3. Smith/Cukierman (USC) def. Chrysochos/Botzer (WF), 6-3
Order of Finish: 2,3,1

Singles Results:
1. #100 Borna Gojo (WF) def. #11 Brandon Holt (USC), 6-3, 6-3
2. #6 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. Daniel Cukierman (USC), 6-4, 6-3
3. #22 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. #119 Logan Smith (USC), 6-1, 6-1
4. #112 Bar Botzer (WF) def. Jack Jaede (USC), 7-5, 6-2
5. #62 Christian Seraphim (WF) vs. Laurens Verboven (USC), 6-3, 5-6, unfinished
6. Julian Zlobinsky (WF) vs. Jake Devine (USC), 6-7(5), 5-2, unfinished
Order of Finish: 3,1,2,4

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