Deacs to Host Three Home Matches This Week
Feb. 8, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest men's tennis team will look to get back on track this week in home matches against South Carolina, Elon and Winthrop. The Demon Deacons will face the Gamecocks on Thursday at 3 p.m. before a Saturday doubleheader against the Phoenix (11 a.m.) and the Eagles (4 p.m.).
Wake Forest holds a 4-3 record but has dropped its last three matches, all to ranked opponents. The Deacons came in at No. 42 in this week's ITA rankings.
The Deacs have continued to get strong performances from Danny Kreyman, who played No. 2 singles in last weekend's matches. The junior from Long Beach, N.Y. dominated VCU's No. 47 Max Wennakoski 6-0, 6-1 for the highest-ranked win of his career. Kreyman leads the team with an 18-6 singles mark this season.
Fellow junior Amogh Prabhakar also scored a quality win last weekend, defeating Notre Dame's No. 74 Sam Keeton for the first ranked victory of his career. The Bangalore, India native has the best dual match singles record on the squad, going 5-1 at No. 3 singles this year.
South Carolina has already equaled its win total from last year's disappointing 6-18 campaign, starting the 2012 dual match season 6-0, including an impressive 5-2 road win over No. 22 Georgia Tech last Saturday. On the strength of their victory over the Yellow Jackets, the Gamecocks shot up 21 spots to No. 48 in this week's ITA rankings.
Elon has started the year 1-2, with losses to South Carolina and Georgia State, and a win over Tennessee Tech. The Phoenix has a young squad this season, playing three freshman in its match against the Golden Eagles.
Winthrop holds an even 2-2 record, starting the season with wins over USC Lancaster and Wofford before falling to Old Dominion and VCU. The Eagles are still trying to find their optimal lineup as three different players have played at the No. 1 spot in their first four matches.
Following this weekend's matches, the Demon Deacons will play the last of their early season doubleheaders on Feb. 17 when they face William & Mary at 1 p.m. and Norfolk State at 6 p.m.