Deacons Look to Extend Streak against `Pack
David Hopkins and Amogh Prabhakar have beated ranked doubles opponents in three straight matches
David Hopkins and Amogh Prabhakar have beated ranked doubles opponents in three straight matches

April 9, 2012

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Fresh off of conference wins over Maryland and Boston College, the Wake Forest men's tennis team begins its final week of the regular season on Tuesday when it hosts No. 36 NC State at 3 p.m. at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.

Admission to the match is free. Live scoring will be available on WakeForestSports.com. For Twitter updates, follow @WakeTennis.

Deacs Sweep Past Maryland and BC
After two weeks on the road, the Demon Deacons (11-12, 2-6 ACC) celebrated their homecoming last weekend with their first ACC victories of the season, taking down Maryland and Boston College by 4-3 scorelines.

The tilt with the Terrapins came down to the final match on court where David Hopkins took down Vlad Stefan 6-7 (7), 6-2, 6-3 to give the Deacons a hard-fought victory. The win over Boston College was a bit more comfortable as the Deacs quickly took four points to seal the match before the Eagles rallied to win at the final three spots.

Wake Forest moved to a perfect 7-0 all-time against Boston College and pushed its winning streak against Maryland to 24 matches - its longest active streak against a single opponent.

Doubles Specialists
One of the best doubles teams in the ACC, Wake Forest took the doubles point against both Maryland and Boston College - points that proved to be critical in the pair of 4-3 wins. The Deacons won at the top two positions against the Terrapins and swept the doubles matches for the first time in the conference season against the Eagles.

The Demon Deacons have won the doubles point in six of their eight ACC matches this season. Wake Forest's .750 doubles-point winning percentage in ACC play trails only conference leaders Virginia and Duke.

Hopkins & Prabhakar on Ranked Win Streak
Wake Forest's top doubles team of David Hopkins has been red-hot of late, defeating ranked tandems in each of the Deacons' last three matches.

The Deacon duo started the streak against Virginia Tech's 46th-ranked duo of Luka Somen and Corrado Degl'Incerti Tocci, and kept it rolling last weekend with top 40 victories over No. 24 John Collins and Maros Horny of Maryland and No. 36 Akash Muppidi and Alex Skinner of Boston College.

Hopkins and Prabhakar are 14-6 this spring, playing every match at the No. 1 position. They hold four wins over teams that are currently ranked and have all but one of their six losses have come against teams that currently hold a spot in the top 75.

Scouting NC State
NC State looked to be a team on the rise, starting the season 12-1 and rising as high as No. 21 in the national rankings, but the Wolfpack has faltered in conference play, going only 2-6 in its first eight ACC matches.

State is currently ranked No. 36 nationally. The Pack boasts one of the conference's best singles players in No. 35 Jaime Pulgar.

Last Time Against NC State
Wake Forest had to work overtime in its last meeting with NC State, winning four three-set singles matches to defeat the Wolfpack 5-2 in Raleigh last season. It was the first time since 2002 that the Demon Deacons had won four three-setters in a single dual match.

LAST TIME AGAINST NC STATE
#35 Wake Forest 5, #59 NC State 2
March 29, 2011
Raleigh, N.C.
Singles

1. Dominic Hodgson (NCSU) def. #63 Jonathan Wolff (WF) 6-4, 6-1
2. Jaime Pulgar (NCSU) def. #113 Tripper Carleton (WF) 6-4, 6-4
3. Iain Atkinson (WF) def. Rafael Paez (NCSU) 6-0, 5-7, 6-0
4. Danny Kreyman (WF) def. Julian Sullivan (NCSU) 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-3
5. David Hopkins (WF) def. Ivan Sanchez (NCSU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
6. Adam Lee (WF) def. Dave Thomson (NCSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

Doubles
1. #36 Iain Atkinson/David Hopkins (WF) def. Rob Lowe/Dominic Hodgson (NCSU) 8-6
2. Danny Kreyman/Jonathan Wolff (WF) def. Sean Weber/Julian Sullivan (NCSU) 9-8 (7-4)
3. Dave Thomson/Jaime Pulgar (NCSU) def. Tripper Carleton/Zach Leslie (WF) 8-5

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2*,3); Singles (1,2,3,6,4*,5)

 

 

 

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