Deacons Swept on Road by No. 4 Virginia
March 30, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia's lineup full of ranked players proved to be too much for Wake Forest as the fourth-ranked Cavalier men's tennis team swept past the Demon Deacons 7-0 at the Snyder Tennis Center in Charlottesville, Va. on Friday afternoon.
The match saw first-year Wake Forest head coach Tony Bresky return to Charlottesville, where he had served as associate head coach at Virginia from 2002-10.
Wake Forest (9-11, 0-5 ACC) fought hard against the top half of the Virginia (16-1, 6-0 ACC) lineup that featured two top five players, with all three ranked in the top 35, but was unable to pull out a win.
At No. 3 singles Amogh Prabhakar served for the first set at 5-3 against the nation's No. 1 player Mitchell Frank but was unable to hold. The opening frame then went to a tiebreak that Frank narrowly took by an 8-6 score. With momentum in his favor, the Virginia freshman took the second set 6-1 to close out the win.
In a rematch of their marathon from the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, David Hopkins went up a break in the second set against No. 3 Jarmere Jenkins at No. 1 singles, but the Cavalier junior rallied back to force a tiebreak. Jenkins prevailed in the tiebreak, that one also by an 8-6 scoreline, to seal the 6-4, 7-6 (6) victory.
Danny Kreyman played two tight sets against No. 34 Alex Domijan at No. 2 singles, but came up on the wrong end of 6-4 scores in both of them.
Wake Forest dropped all three doubles matches for only the third time all season. Steven Rooda and Philippe Oudshoorn downed Conner Sherwood and Sam Wells at No. 3, and the Cavaliers' 30th-ranked duo of Drew Courtney and Jenkins clinched the point at No. 1 with a win over Hopkins and Prabhakar.
At No. 2, Wake Forest's team of Kreyman and Adam Lee was defeated for the first time in their last eight matches together, falling to Domijan and Julen Uriguen 8-5. The loss also snapped Lee's individual 11-match doubles winning streak that had dated back to Feb. 11.
In singles the Cavaliers picked up straight set wins at the bottom three positions to secure the point.
Wake Forest will play its final road match of the season on Sunday when it travels to Blacksburg, Va. to take on Virginia Tech at noon.
#4 Virginia 7, Wake Forest 0