Deacons Sting No. 60 Jackets, Cut Down Longwood
April 15, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest men's tennis team upset No. 60 Georgia Tech 4-3 in a four-and-a-half hour marathon and then cruised past Longwood 6-1 in the nightcap to sweep its final matches of the regular season on Sunday at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
The Demon Deacons will be the No. 10 seed in this week's ACC Championships, which will be held at Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C., and will play their first round match on Thursday at noon against Clemson. The Deacons defeated Clemson 4-0 in the first round of last year's ACC Championship but fell to the Tigers 4-3 last Friday in this year's regular season match. For ticket information, please visit the tournament homepage.
Wake Forest won an extremely close doubles point against Georgia Tech to take a 1-0 lead. The Yellow Jackets earned a quick win at the No. 3 position, but both of the other matches would come down to tiebreaks.
At No. 2, Danny Kreyman and Adam Lee battled Vikram Hundal and Sebastien Lopez, jumping out to a big lead in the tiebreak and holding on to take the match 9-8 (3). Simultaneously with the conclusion of the No. 2 match, David Hopkins and Amogh Prabhakar saved match points at 7-8 to force a tiebreak of their own. Like their teammates, they also took an early lead in the breaker and won by the same scoreline, 9-8 (3), to give the Deacons their seventh doubles point in 11 ACC matches and an early 1-0 advantage.
"The doubles point was so crucial - we won two tiebreaks," said Lee. "It was great to get the win heading into the ACC Tournament."
Georgia Tech won at No. 6 singles to tie the match 1-1 and then took its first lead of the day at No. 5 where the Yellow Jackets' Hundal saved three match points to defeat Tsai 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (8).
Hopkins earned his best win of the year for the Demon Deacons at the top position, knocking off No. 48 Spir 7-5, 7-5 to even the match at 2-2.
The three remaining matches all went to three sets. Prabhakar finished first at No. 4, coming on strong in the final frame to top Lopez 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 and put the Deacons in front 3-2.
That left Danny Kreyman at No. 2 and Adam Lee at No. 3 on the court, both just starting their final sets. Lee broke his opponent Melian at 3-3 and then held to go ahead 5-3. A Melian hold sent the Lee out after the changeover with a chance to serve out the match for the Demon Deacons at 5-4, and the Wake Forest sophomore came through, finishing off a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win that gave the Deacs their third ACC victory of the year.
"I had quite a few things going through my head," said Lee. "(On match point) I just wanted to hit the serve and come in after that, and it worked."
After the match had been decided, Kreyman fell 7-5 in the third set to Miljevic to make the final margin 4-3.
In the second match of the day against Longwood, Wake Forest easily cruised in doubles to take a 1-0 lead. Lee and Wells finished first at No. 3, topping Nobu Tanaka and Steed Johnson 8-1, and Sherwood and Tsai clinched the point at No. 2, shutting out Harry Kelleher and Edward Becker 8-0. No. 48 Hopkins and Prabhakar completed the sweep at No. 1, taking down Giorgi Khmiadashvili and Daniel Elston 8-4.
Prabhakar won quickly in singles, dispatching Elston 6-1, 6-2, and Hopkins followed with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Tanaka to make the score 3-0 in Wake Forest's favor. Tsai clinched the match for the Deacons at No. 5, topping Kelleher 6-4, 6-3.
Sherwood made the score 5-0 with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Johnson at the bottom singles position, and Wells picked up the sixth point with his first singles win as a Demon Deacon, defeating Becker 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4.
Wake Forest 6, Longwood 1