Carleton, Forman Drop Close Matches in NCAA Singles Openers
May 26, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. - Members of the men's tennis team ran into a Big XII buzzsaw in first round of the NCAA Singles Championships, as freshman Tripper Carleton dropped a tight three-set match to Texas Tech's Gonzalo Escobar and senior Steven Forman fell in straight sets to Jeff Dadamo of Texas A&M on Wednesday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
After losing a shaky first set 6-2, Carleton woke up with a 6-2 showing of his own in the second to force a deciding third set against Escobar, the 37th-ranked player in the country. The two traded breaks in the opening games of the final set but then held serve for the next nine games. Carleton had two break points on Escobar's serve at 5-5, but the Red Raider player hit two winners to draw even, eventually holding serve to go ahead 6-5. Carleton fell in an early 0-30 hole in the next game and could never recover, as Escobar closed out the 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 victory.
Carleton is the first freshman in Wake Forest history to be selected to the NCAA Singles Championships, and he finishes his rookie year with a singles record of 14-11.
Earlier in the day, Forman dropped a tight straight set match to Dadamo, 6-4, 7-6(5). The Del Mar, Calif. native ends his Wake Forest singles career with 91 singles victories, good for eighth in school history.
Forman will wear the old gold and black at least one more time when he partners with junior Iain Atkinson in the NCAA Doubles Tournament. The duo will play their first round match against Remi Boutillier and Rikus de Villiers of Fresno State on Thursday at 3 p.m.
R64 - Gonzalo Escobar (Texas Tech) def. Tripper Carleton (WF) 6-2, 2-6, 7-5
R64 - Jeff Dadamo (Texas A&M) def. Steven Forman (WF) 6-4, 7-6(5)