Deacs Claim ACC Regular Season Title Outright, Complete Undefeated League Slate
April 23, 2017
By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMTennis)
SOUTH BEND, IND. – The Wake Forest men’s tennis team claimed the ACC regular season title outright Sunday afternoon, as the Demon Deacons completed an undefeated ACC schedule with a 5-2 victory over Notre Dame at the Courtney Tennis Center.
The Demon Deacons (25-1, 12-0 ACC) entered Sunday’s contest with at least a share of the regular season title, but Sunday’s victory kept the Deacs in sole possession of first place in the league standings on the final day of the regular season.
The regular season title, the first in program history, was highlighted by an undefeated 12-0 record in ACC play. It marks just the fifth time in Wake Forest athletics history that a program went undefeated and untied in league play. The Demon Deacon field hockey program accomplished the feat in 2002 (4-0), 2003 (4-0) and 2005 (5-0), while the women’s tennis team went 8-0 during the 2000 season.
Wake Forest came out of the gates with victories at the No. 2 and 3 doubles positions to claim the doubles point over the Fighting Irish (13-12, 4-7 ACC). Alan Gadjiev and Borna Gojo broke a 3-all tie on the second court with three straight games won to walk away with a 6-3 victory. The No. 37 duo of Eddy Covalschi and Josh Hagar topped the No. 1-ranked tandem of Christian Seraphim and Skander Mansouri, 7-5, to set up a pivotal match on the third court. Using a break in the final service game of the set, Petros Chrysochos and Dennis Uspensky clinched the doubles point with 7-5 victory.
In singles, Gojo quickly made it 2-0 in favor of the visiting Deacs as the 45th-ranked player in the country cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 victory. After Chrysochos dropped in straight sets on the top court, Wake Forest won back-to-back matches at the No. 2 and 6 spots to clinch the match.
Mansouri, ranked 15th, played No. 2 singles today, where he defeated Alex Lebedev, 6-3, 6-3. Gadjiev clinched the match for the Deacs on the sixth court with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Brendon Kempin.
With the match clinched, Seraphim saw his match go into a 10-point tiebreaker at No. 5 singles. Seraphim had claimed the first set, 6-4, before dropping the second, 7-5, to set up the tiebreaker. The two would battle back and forth until Seraphim ultimately came up short, 10-8.
Uspensky jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead at No. 4 singles before dropping the second set, 6-3. The sophomore then found himself in a 5-2 deficit in the third and final set before winning the final five games of the set to come back and win, 7-5.
Wake Forest turns its attention to the ACC Tournament, held next Wednesday through Sunday, April 26-30. As the No. 1 seed, the Deacs receive a double bye and will open its tournament run on Friday, facing the winner of Virginia Tech vs. NC State, the No. 8 and 9 seeds, respectively. Earlier this season, the Demon Deacons defeated the Hokies, 7-0, at home and topped NC State on the road, 6-1, this past week.
#1 Wake Forest 5, Notre Dame 2
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