Wake Forest Rally Falls Short, Jackets Win 4-3

March 27, 2010

Final Stats

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The No. 26 Wake Forest men's tennis team fell short to No. 29 Georgia Tech on Saturday, 4-3, at Leighton Stadium.

The Demon Deacons are now 7-5 and 1-1 in the ACC. Georgia Tech is 11-3 and 2-1.

Wake Forest dropped the doubles point, but after the point was clinched 16th-ranked Iain Atkinson and Steven Forman made an impressive comeback at No. 1. The duo was trailing Kevin King and Juan Spir 6-3, but rallied to knot the score at 7-7 and push forward for a 9-7 win.

Danny Kreyman gave the Deacons a lift with a smooth 6-3, 6-2 win over Magin O'Brien at No. 5 singles. Iain Atkinson followed with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Miguel Muguruza at No. 4 singles to push the Deacons forward 2-1.

Jonathon Wolff wrapped up at No. 3 with a 7-5, 7-6 win over Eliot Potvin, but Tripper Carleton finished just moments later, dropping a 2-6, 6-0, 7-5 decision to Kevin King at No. 2.

Zach Leslie fell behind early at No. 6 and it looked like the match was going to be determined at No. 1, where Steven Forman battled the nation's fifth-ranked player, Guillermo Gomez.

The competitors split sets, taking both to tiebreakers. Forman opened the third set with a 4-0 advantage, but just as he was gaining momentum a leg cramp forced him to take a timeout. Forman received treatment but clearly wasn't playing at 100 percent. Gomez took advantage and surged forward to take a 7-5 win in the final set.

Zach Leslie rallied after dropping the first set to Juan Spir 6-2. Leslie pulled ahead 5-4, but was unable to clinch the win and finished with a 6-2, 7-5 loss.



Wake Forest will return to the courts on Sunday, hosting Clemson at 12 p.m.

#29 Georgia Tech 4, #26 Wake Forest 3
1. #16 Iain Atkinson/Steven Forman (WF) d. Kevin King/Juan Spir (GT) 9-7
2. Eliot Potvin/Ryan Smith (GT) d. Danny Kreyman/Zach Leslie (WF) 8-5
3. Dean O'Brien/Guillermo Gomez (GT) d. Tripper Carleton/Jon Wolff (WF) 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 2*, 1

1. #5 Guillermo Gomez (GT) d. #56 Steven Forman 7-6, 6-7, 7-5
2. Kevin King (GT) d. #29 Tripper Carleton (WF) 2-6, 7-0, 7-5
3. Jonathan Wolff (WF) d. Eliot Potvin (GT) 7-5, 7-6
4. #92 Iain Atkinson (WF) d. Miguel Muguruza (GT) 6-2, 7-5
5. Danny Kreyman (WF) d. Magin O'Brien (GT) 6-3, 6-2
6. Juan Spir (GT) d. Zach Leslie (WF) 6-2, 7-5
Order of finish: 5, 4, 3, 2, 6, 1*

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