Wake Forest Travels to UCF in First Road Contest
Jan. 20, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - After starting the season 2-0 at home last weekend, the 41st-ranked Wake Forest men's tennis team hits the road for the first time when it takes on UCF in Orlando, Fla. on Sunday at 11 a.m.
The Demon Deacons rolled to easy wins over Furman and Charlotte in their season openers at the Indoor Tennis Center, shutting out the Paladins 7-0 before topping the 49ers 6-1. Five Deacons went a perfect 4-0 in singles and doubles in the two matches, including senior David Hopkins, who was named ACC Player of the Week for his efforts.
Hopkins teamed with junior captain Amogh Prabhakar at No. 1 doubles in both matches. He played No. 1 singles against Charlotte, earning the clinching point, and competed at No. 2 singles against Furman.
Junior Danny Kreyman, the Deacons' lone player in the national singles rankings at No. 115, also won all four of his matches and was particularly impressive in singles, dropping only nine combined games against his two opponents.
Prabhakar played No. 3 singles in both matches, gutting out a three-set victory over Furman's Jacob Behal before easily dispatching Charlotte's Paul Cisti 6-2, 6-1. Adam Lee and Conner Sherwood traded off at No. 4 and No. 5 singles. Lee won both of his matches, while Sherwood defeated Furman's Tyler Droll before falling to Charlotte's Anthony Davison.
Freshman Alex Tsai had a successful debut to his Wake Forest career, winning all four of his matches while playing at the No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles positions.
The Knights will be playing their first match of the season against the Demon Deacons. Juan Bolona, a Clemson transfer, was the lone UCF player to post a better-than-.500 singles record in the fall. Wake Forest and UCF have never before met in men's tennis.