No. 25 Wake Forest Shuts Down Virginia Tech 5-2
April 7, 2013
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMTennis)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - David Hopkins and Amogh Prabhakar teamed up to post their first top-20 win together in doubles, and Danny Kreyman notched his first ranked singles win of the year, as the 25th-ranked Wake Forest men's tennis team downed No. 55 Virginia Tech 5-2 on Sunday afternoon at the newly dedicated Leighton Courts at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
The Demon Deacons (15-6, 4-2 ACC) swept the doubles point, which included Hopkins and Prabhakar's win over No. 20 Amerigo Contini and Andreas Bjerrehus, received quick singles victories from Jon Ho and Amogh Prabhakar to expand their lead to 3-0 and earned the clinching singles point from Adam Lee at No. 4. Kreyman capped off the win at No. 2 where he battled past No. 81 Bjerrehus 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
"I think we played a really good match with Virginia Tech," said head coach Tony Bresky. "Virginia Tech is an excellent team across the board and they had a quality win against NC State on Friday. We knew they were going to be tough, and we came out ready"
A ceremony was held between doubles and singles to dedicate the six varsity courts in honor of legendary men's tennis coach Jim Leighton.
"It was a great event today. We had a lot of alumni come out, and everyone was really excited about it," said Bresky. "The history of what Coach Leighton did here is outstanding, and he deserved to have the courts dedicated to him. We'll look forward to playing here for many years to come."
The Demon Deacons' top team of No. 77 David Hopkins and Amogh Prabhakar set the tone for the match, blasting No. 20 Amerigo Contini and Andreas Bjerrehus 8-3 in a match that took only about 30 minutes. Contini and Bjerrehus are the highest-ranked doubles team that the Deacon duo have ever defeated.
Danny Kreyman and Adam Lee clinched the doubles point at No. 2, topping Hunter Koontz and Lucas Oliveira 8-6. Sam Bloom and Jon Ho finished off the sweep, coming back from a break down to defeat Trpimir Kujundzic and Marko Lovrinovic 8-7 (3).
Ho raced to a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Kujundzic at No. 5 singles, and No. 60 Prabhakar followed shortly after with a 6-1, 6-3 win against Koontz at No. 3 to make the score 3-0 in Wake Forest's favor.
But Virginia Tech's 55th-ranked Contini beat Hopkins 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 to earn the Hokies' first point and scores began to tighten up on the remaining three courts, leaving a Wake Forest victory far from assured.
At No. 4 singles, Lee cruised past Lucas Oliveira 6-1 in the first set and held a 3-0 lead in the second set before his Hokie opponent came to life to win the next five games, taking a 5-3 lead. Lee regained focus, however, and broke back, eventually shutting out Oliveira in the second-set tiebreak to take the match 6-1, 7-6 (0), clinching the overall win for the Demon Deacons.
Kreyman finished off the day at No. 2 singles with his gutty comeback effort against No. 81 Bjerrehus. After dropping the first set, the Wake Forest senior trailed 3-1 in the second and was points away from falling behind by a second break before rallying to win the next three games to get back on serve. Kreyman then broke Bjerrehus at 5-4 to take the second set 6-4 and after squandering a 4-1 lead in the final frame, regrouped to take the set and the match 6-4.
The Demon Deacons' next match will be another tough home test as they welcome No. 26 Florida State to the Leighton Courts on Friday at 3 p.m. Admission is free.
#25 Wake Forest 5, #55 Virginia Tech 2