No. 28 Wake Forest Blows By No. 50 Miami 6-1
March 29, 2013
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMTennis)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - No. 28 Wake Forest took all three doubles matches and won at five of the six singles positions to take down No. 50 Miami 6-1 on Friday at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in the Demon Deacons' first home match of the ACC season.
Freshman Morgan Mays clinched the match at No. 6 singles for the Demon Deacons, who improved to 14-5 (3-1 ACC) heading into their home match against No. 1 Virginia on Friday, April 5. The Hurricanes dropped to 12-7 (1-2 ACC).
"Overall it was a good match," said head coach Tony Bresky. "Miami has a really solid team. They beat us last year in ACC play 4-3 at their place, so it was good to come out and get another win over a good ACC team."
After winning a very close doubles point, the Deacons were never really threatened in singles, getting straight-set victories from Danny Kreyman, Amogh Prabhakar and Mays to clinch the match at 4-0. After Miami's Diego Soto battled to a win at No. 1, Wake Forest's Adam Lee finished off a 10-point tiebreak for the Deacons' fifth point, and Jon Ho earned the Deacs' sixth point with a third-set win at No. 5.
"For us, winning that doubles point is huge. We've probably lost it more than we've won it against the stronger teams we've played, so it gives us a lot of confidence." said Bresky. "Then we came out in singles and got off to some good starts. The guys have been doing a lot of individual work that has really paid off."
Wake Forest swept three closely contested doubles matches to take the doubles point and a 1-0 lead.
Sam Bloom and Ho finished first at the No. 3 position, posting an 8-6 victory. Miami's Marco Stancati and Henrique Tsukamoto were serving to stay in the match at 6-7, but a double fault on match point gave the Deacons the win.
Kreyman and Lee clinched the doubles point at the No. 2 position, beating Gabriel Flores and Soto 8-6. The Deacon pair had trailed 6-4, but rallied to win the next four games to take the match.
With the doubles point already decided in Wake Forest's favor, the No. 1 singles match played a tiebreak at 7-7 with the Deacon duo of No. 77 David Hopkins and Prabhakar prevailing over No. 66 Omar Aly/Gabriel Flores 7-4.
Kreyman pushed the Wake Forest lead to 2-0, taking down Miami's Flores 7-5, 6-3 at the No. 2 spot. The Demon Deacon senior picked up his 101st career singles win, moving him into a tie with David Loewenthal for fourth place in program history.
No. 60 Prabhakar put the Deacons on the verge of clinching with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Wilfredo Gonzalez at No. 3, and Mays posted the first ACC singles win of his career to clinch the match, beating Tsukamoto 7-5, 6-4 at No. 6.
At No. 1 singles, Hopkins twice rallied from down a break in the second set to force a tiebreak against Miami's Soto, but Soto outlasted the Wake Forest senior 6-3, 7-6 (3) to earn the Hurricanes' first point.
Lee split sets with Miami's Stancati after the match was clinched for Wake Forest, meaning a 10-point tiebreak was played to decide a winner. Lee jumped on Stancati early in the tiebreak and held on to defeat him 6-3, 6-7 (5), 1-0 (4) to make the score 5-1 in the Deacons' favor. The junior from Auckland, New Zealand improved to 15-2 in dual matches this season.
Ho closed out the win on Court 5, rallying after dropping the first set to defeat Victor Mauz 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
In its next outing, Wake Forest will host one of its most highly anticipated matches of the season, taking on No. 1 Virginia on Friday, April 5 at 3 p.m. at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
The Deacons will then play host to Virginia Tech on Sunday, April 7 at noon. A ceremony will be held in between doubles and singles against the Hokies to dedicate the varsity match courts to legendary head coach Jim Leighton.
#28 Wake Forest 6, #50 Miami 1