Deacons Take Down #12 Tar Heels, 4-3
March 21, 2006
Chapel Hill, N.C. - The 31st-ranked Wake Forest men's tennis team defeated archrival, 12th-ranked and previously undefeated North Carolina, 4-3, on Tuesday evening in Chapel Hill indoors at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. For the Deacons, it was their second straight win against an ACC opponent ranked in the top 25.
Although Wake Forest had won each of the last four meetings in Winston-Salem, the Deacons picked up their first victory in Chapel Hill against the Tar Heels since 1988.
"We've talked all year long that the ACC Championship is what we're playing for," head coach Jeff Zinn said. "Quite frankly, our season started last Tuesday against NC State. We looked at those other matches as exhibitions to get us ready for the ACC. We tried to learn a lot and apply it to our ACC matches. So far, it's worked. We've got another tough one on Friday against Virginia."
Until Tuesday, North Carolina was one of only two unbeaten teams in the country, along with top-ranked Georgia. The Tar Heels slipped to 15-1 overall, 0-1 in the ACC.
The Deacons (9-4, 2-0 ACC) swept the doubles matches, highlighted by Andrew Hamar and Todd Paul's victory against Raian Luchici and Brad Pomeroy, the nation's sixth-ranked doubles team. The Deacons won there, 9-8 (7-5). Mariusz Adamski and Cory Parr won at No. 2 singles by an identical 9-8 (7-5) score. Brett Ross and Charles Sartor got things rolling with their win at No. 3 doubles, 8-4.
North Carolina had been lights out this spring in doubles, posting a combined mark of 41-2. Wake Forest is 9-0 this spring when winning the doubles point.
Wake Forest kept the ball rolling in singles where Paul, the nation's 15th-ranked singles player, had little trouble with 10th-ranked Luchici, 6-4, 6-1. It was Paul's 13th win against a nationally-ranked opponent this season and his first against a top-10 rival.
Moments later, though, North Carolina cut Wake Forest's lead to 2-1. At No. 3 singles, Pomeroy knocked off Cory Parr, 6-2, 6-2. But the Deacons answered at No. 4 singles with a 6-2, 6-2 victory by senior Brett Ross.
Andrew Hamar clinched the match at No. 2 singles, winning 6-3, 7-5. Hamar and Porter were tied in the second set at five-all, but Hamar broke Porter's serve to win 7-5.
After the match was already sealed, North Carolina picked up a win at No. 6 singles where Will Plyler defeated Charles Sartor, 7-5, 6-3. The final match, No. 5 singles, also went to the Tar Heels where Guejman knocked off Mariusz Adamski in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
The Deacons continue their three-match road swing on Friday in Charlottesville against the 11th-ranked Cavaliers.
#31 Wake Forest 4, #12 North Carolina 3 #1 - #15 Todd Paul (WF) vs. #10 Raian Luchici (UNC) WF -- 6-4, 6-1 #2 - #69 Andrew Hamar (WF) vs. Derek Porter (UNC) WF -- 6-3, 7-5 #3 - Cory Parr (WF) vs. Brad Pomeroy (UNC) UNC -- 6-2, 6-2 #4 - Brett Ross (WF) vs. Benjamin Carlotti (UNC) WF -- 6-2, 6-2 #5 - Mariusz Adamski (WF) vs. Sebastian Guejman (UNC) UNC -- 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 #6 - Charles Sartor (WF) vs. Will Plyler (UNC) UNC -- 7-5, 6-3