No. 18 Tar Heels Battle to 4-0 Win over Deac in ACC Quarterfinals
April 20, 2012
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.
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