No. 22 Deacons Down Lions in NCAA First Round
May 15, 2010
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. - The No. 22 Wake Forest men's tennis team took care of business quickly on Saturday afternoon, as they defeated Columbia 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA Championships. This marked the first meeting in school history between the two teams, and the match spanned only two hours before the Deacons claimed the victory. With the win, Wake Forest improves to 16-9 on the year, while No. 45 Columbia's season ends at 16-5.
Playing in their first match since the ACC Championships in April, the Demon Deacons showed no signs of rust, as they quickly claimed the doubles point. The 21st ranked duo of senior Steven Forman and junior Iain Atkinson opened up with a 3-0 lead over Columbia's Jonathan Wong and Haig Schneiderman, before going on to claim an 8-4 victory.
The freshman combo of Danny Kreyman and Tripper Carleton also found success in their match, as they battled to earn an 8-5 victory over Rajeev Deb-Sen and Cyril Bucher at the number three doubles position.
The Deacons continued their success on the day as they moved into singles play, where No. 48 Tripper Carleton picked up the first victory at the number two position. His opponent, Mihai Nichifor, was forced to forfeit the match after aggravating an ankle injury suffered last weekend in practice. Carleton had recorded a 6-2 first set victory and was leading 4-1 in the second set when the match was called.
After facing one another in doubles play, Atkinson and Schneiderman then squared off at the third spot in the line-up. The first set was tied at two games apiece, but the 98th ranked Atkinson soon broke Schneiderman to take a 4-2 lead. Atkinson would go on to win the first set by a score of 6-4. The second set proved not as close, and after falling behind 2-1, Atkinson quickly bounced back to claim five straight games and a 6-2 victory.
The decisive victory of the day came at the fourth position, where No. 118 Jonathan Wolff defeated Columbia's Cyril Bucher in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Wolff fell behind 3-1 early in the first set, but he soon found his rhythm and reeled off wins in five consecutive games to take the 6-3 victory. In the second set Wolff found himself up 3-1 this time, and he would hold onto this lead on his way to notching a 6-2 win.
The 26th ranked Forman was playing well in his match against 96th ranked Jonathan Wong at the top singles position when the match was decided, as he held a 6-4, 3-0 lead. Teammate Danny Kreyman was one game away from clinching his match, as he had recorded a 6-2 first set victory and was then leading 5-2 in the second set.
Wake Forest will next move on to the second round of the NCAA Championships, where they will face the winner of this afternoon's match-up between ACC foe Virginia and Navy. The match is set for a 1 p.m. start time at Virginia's Snyder Tennis Center.
Wake Forest and Virginia have met once this season, as the Demon Deacons dropped a 6-1 decision to Virginia in Charlottesville. The two teams last met in the NCAA Championships in the 2007 Round of 16, where Virginia squeaked out a 4-3 win. Wake Forest and Navy have only met once before in program history, in 1989.
Live stats for tomorrow's match will be available on www.WakeForestSports.com.
Wake Forest 4, Columbia 0
1. #21 Steve Forman/Iain Atkinson (WFU) d. Jonathan Wong/Haig Schneiderman (CU) 8-4
2. Jonathan Wolff/Zach Leslie (WFU) vs. Kevin Kung/Nathaniel Gery (CU) DNF; CU leading 6-4 when match was called
3. Danny Kreyman/Tripper Carleton (WFU) d. Rajeev Deb-Sen/Cyril Bucher (CU) 8-5
Order of Finish: 1, 3*
1. #26 Steven Forman (WFU) vs. #96 Jonathan Wong (CU) DNF; WFU leading 6-4, 3-0
2. #48 Tripper Carleton (WFU) d. Mihai Nichifor (CU) 6-2, 4-1 - match was forfeited by CU due to injury
3. #98 Iain Atkinson (WFU) d. Haig Schneiderman (CU) 6-4, 6-2
4. #118 Jonathan Wolff (WFU) d. Cyril Bucher (CU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Danny Kreyman (WFU) vs. Rajeev Deb-Sen (CU) DNF; WFU leading 6-2, 5-2
6. Zach Leslie (WFU) vs. Nathaniel Gery (CU) DNF; CU leading 7-5, 2-0
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 4*