No. 18 Tar Heels Battle to 4-0 Win over Deac in ACC Quarterfinals
David Hopkins was in a third-set battle with No. 81 Brennan Boyajian when the match was stopped
David Hopkins was in a third-set battle with No. 81 Brennan Boyajian when the match was stopped

April 20, 2012

Final Stats

CARY, N.C. - Tenth-seed Wake Forest gave second-seed North Carolina all it could handle, but the Tar Heels won two singles matches in three sets to squeeze past the Demon Deacons 4-0 in the quarterfinals of the ACC men's tennis championship on Friday at Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C.

The match was much closer than the final score indicated as at the time that Carolina clinched, Wake Forest's Adam Lee led Joey Burkhardt by a set and 6-5 at No. 4, while the No. 2 and No. 3 positions were early in their third sets.

The No. 74 Demon Deacons end their season at 14-15, while the 18th-ranked Tar Heels advance to the semifinals to face the winner of a quarterfinal between Duke and NC State.

North Carolina's 19th-ranked team of Jose Hernandez and Joey Burkhardt raced to an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles, but the other two doubles matches would be dogfights. At No. 3, Conner Sherwood fell behind 6-3 to Esben Hess-Olesen and Zach Hunter before rallying to take the next three games to tie the score at 6-6. The match stayed on serve until Tsai served at 7-8 when the Carolina tandem was able to break and take the match 9-7 to give the Tar Heels the doubles point.

At the time the doubles was stopped, Danny Kreyman and Adam Lee were deadlocked at 7-7 with Cameron Ahari and Brennan Boyajian at No. 2.

William Parker dispatched Tsai 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5 singles to push the Tar Heel advantage to 2-0. But it would be an hour before another singles match finished.

No. 27 Hernandez finally got North Carolina's third point at the top position, rallying after losing the first set to defeat Kreyman 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Oystein Steiro clinched the match for the Tar Heels at No. 6, outlasting Sherwood 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

#18 North Carolina 4, #74 Wake Forest 0

 

 

Singles

1. #27 Jose Hernandez (UNC) def. Danny Kreyman (WF) 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
2. #81 Brennan Boyajian (UNC) vs. David Hopkins (WF) 3-6, 7-5, 1-0, unfinished
3. Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) vs. Amogh Prabhakar (WF) 6-3, 3-6, 2-1, unfinished
4. Joey Burkhardt (UNC) vs. Adam Lee (WF) 6-7 (2-7), 5-6, unfinished
5. William Parker (UNC) def. Alex Tsai (WF) 6-0, 6-1
6. Oystein Steiro (UNC) def. Conner Sherwood (WF) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

Doubles
1. #19 Jose Hernandez/Joey Burkhardt (UNC) def. #55 David Hopkins/Amogh Prabhakar (WF) 8-1
2. Brennan Boyajian/Cameron Ahari (UNC) vs. Danny Kreyman/Adam Lee (WF) 7-7, unfinished
3. Esben Hess-Olesen/Zach Hunter (UNC) def. Conner Sherwood/Alex Tsai (WF) 9-7

Match Notes:
Wake Forest 14-15; National ranking #74
North Carolina 12-7; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3*); Singles (5,1,6*)
No. 2 North Carolina vs. No. 10 Wake Forest
ACC Championship Quarterfinals

 

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