Deacons Open 2012 Season Sunday Against Charlotte and Furman
Jan. 13, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The 42nd-ranked Wake Forest men's tennis team will start its first dual match campaign under first-year head coach Tony Bresky when it plays host to Charlotte and Furman in a doubleheader on Sunday at the Indoor Tennis Center. The Deacons will take on the Paladins at 11 a.m. before facing the 49ers at 6 p.m.
Wake Forest enters the 2012 season on a streak of 11 straight tournament appearances, the third-longest active streak among ACC teams. Last year, the Deacs reached the second round before falling in a hard-fought match against top-seeded Virginia to end season with a 14-12 record.
However, this year's squad has a much different look. The Deacs have a new head coach in Bresky, who came to Wake Forest from Cornell, and only three major contributors from the 2011 team return in 2012.
One of those key returnees is junior Danny Kreyman, who led the Deacons in both singles and doubles victories as a sophomore last season. The Long Beach, N.Y. native continued his strong play this fall, posting a 13-4 record with three wins over nationally ranked opponents. Kreyman is ranked No. 115 nationally in singles in the first rankings of the new year.
The Deacons' lone senior is Winston-Salem-native David Hopkins. Hopkins also had a solid fall season, going 8-5 in singles and 7-2 in doubles with Amogh Prabhakar. One of the strongest doubles players on the team, Hopkins reached as high as No. 36 in the national doubles rankings last season with former partner Iain Atkinson, and the Deacs will be again relying upon him to win consistently this season.
New Zealand native Adam Lee returns for his sophomore season after a promising freshman campaign that saw him lead Wake Forest with four match-clinching wins. Also coming back is junior Amogh Prabhakar, who after seeing only limited dual match action through his first two seasons was called into duty in the 2011 NCAA Tournament and performed admirably, earning the clinching singles point against VCU in the first round before battling Virginia's Justin Shane to three sets in the second round before the match was called.
The final returnee for Wake Forest is redshirt junior Conner Sherwood, who saw action in six dual matches last season.
Following Sunday's matches, the Deacons will head to Florida for two consecutive weekends as they face UCF in Orlando on Jan. 22 before participating in the ITA Kick Off Weekend on the campus of the University of Florida on Jan. 28 and 29. Wake Forest will then return to Winston-Salem for a stretch of seven straight home matches, beginning with a doubleheader against Notre Dame and VCU on Feb. 3