Wake Forest will battle No. 71 Clemson, No. 60 Georgia Tech and Longwood
April 12, 2012
Season Statistics (.pdf)
The Wake Forest men's tennis team has a busy weekend to finish the 2012 regular season, hosting No. 71 Clemson at 3 p.m. on Friday, and No. 60 Georgia Tech (noon) and Longwood (5 p.m.) in a doubleheader on Sunday at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
The Demon Deacons sit at 11-13 (2-7 ACC) after topping Maryland and Boston College last weekend before falling to NC State in midweek action.
Hopkins and Prabhakar Jump Into Rankings
On the strength of their recent form that has seen them win seven of their last nine matches together, including four wins over ranked opponents, Wake Forest's top doubles players David Hopkins and Amogh Prabhakar leaped into the national rankings this week at No. 48.
The Deacons' No. 1 duo leads the team with a 22-8 record this season, including 15-6 in dual matches and 7-2 in ACC play. Their long jump into the rankings this week was reminiscent of last season when Hopkins and then-partner Iain Atkinson made their season debut on the national charts in late March at No. 36.
The Demon Deacons have been one of the better doubles teams in the ACC this season, winning the doubles point in six of their nine conference matches. The major reason for that success has been their top doubles team of David Hopkins and Amogh Prabhakar and their second pairing of Danny Kreyman and Adam Lee, which have both gone 7-2 against ACC competition this season.
Both of Wake Forest's conference wins this year, against Maryland and Boston College, were 4-3 decisions in which the Deacons took the doubles point.
Prabhakar and Lee Strong in ACC Play
Occupying the middle positions in the Wake Forest lineup, junior Amogh Prabhakar and sophomore Adam Lee have been the strength of Wake Forest's lineup during ACC play.
At. No. 3 Prabhakar leads the squad with five ACC singles wins and 17 dual match singles wins. His 45 combined singles and doubles wins this season are more than three times the total amount that he accumulated in the first two years of his career.
Lee is close behind Prabhakar with four ACC singles wins while playing at the No. 4 spot. The Kiwi has also been particularly strong in doubles, at one point winning 11 matches in a row - the longest individual streak in singles or doubles on the team this season.
Scouting the Tigers
Clemson enters its match against Wake Forest as losers of four straight, though three of those losses came against the top three teams in the conference: Virginia, North Carolina and Duke.
The Tigers are currently tied for sixth place in the ACC with a 4-5 conference record. Clemson has one ranked singles player in No. 75 Yannick Maden. Maden and Zachary Rigsby form the nation's 60th-ranked doubles team.
Scouting the Yellow Jackets
Georgia Tech is tied for sixth place in the ACC with a 9-10 (4-5 ACC) record. The Jackets boast the nation's second-ranked doubles team in Kevin King and Juan Spir. Wake Forest's David Hopkins and then-partner Iain Atkinson defeated King and Spir 8-7 (4) last season.
King is also ranked No. 21 in singles, and Spir comes in at No. 48 on the singles charts.
Scouting the Lancers
Longwood, a Division I independent, holds a 7-8 overall record. Nobu Tanaka has played No. 1 singles all year for the Lancers, holding a 10-4 singles record.
Wake Forest will compete in the ACC Championship, which runs from April 19-22 at Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C. For directions and ticket information, please visit the Championship Home Page.
LAST TIME AGAINST CLEMSON
#32 Wake Forest 4, #59 Clemson 0
April 21, 2011
2011 ACC Championship - First Round
1. #84 Jonathan Wolff (WF) def. Derek DeFazio (CLEM) 6-1, 7-6 (8-6)
2. Tripper Carleton (WF) vs. Yannick Maden (CLEM) 1-6, 6-0, 4-2, unfinished
3. #124 Iain Atkinson (WF) def. Kevin Galloway (CLEM) 6-3, 6-1
4. Danny Kreyman (WF) vs. Gerardo Meza (CLEM) 7-5, 5-6, unfinished
5. David Hopkins (WF) def. Dominique Maden (CLEM) 6-1, 6-3
6. Adam Lee (WF) vs. Zachery Rigsby (CLEM) 6-2, 2-6, 2-2, unfinished
1. #39 Iain Atkinson/David Hopkins (WF) vs. Yannick Maden/Zachery Rigsby (CLEM) 8-7, unfinished
2. Adam Lee/Tripper Carleton (WF) def. Derek DeFazio/Robert Pietrucha (CLEM) 8-5
3. Danny Kreyman/Jonathan Wolff (WF) def. Dominique Maden/Juan Bolona (CLEM) 8-6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3*); Singles (3,5,1*)
LAST TIME AGAINST GEORGIA TECH
#21 Georgia Tech 6, #39 Wake Forest 1
March 27, 2011
1. #14 Guillermo Gomez (GT) def. #88 Tripper Carleton (WF) 6-3, 6-1
2. #70 Jonathan Wolff (WF) def. #57 Juan Spir (GT) 6-3, 6-3
3. Kevin King (GT) def. Iain Atkinson (WF) 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
4. Eliot Potvin (GT) def. Danny Kreyman (WF) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
5. Magin Ortiga (GT) def. David Hopkins (WF) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
6. Dean O'Brien (GT) def. Zach Leslie (WF) 6-4, 6-1
1. Iain Atkinson/David Hopkins (WF) def. #11 Juan Spir/Kevin King (GT) 8-7 (7-4)
2. Eliot Potvin/Ryan Smith (GT) def. Jonathan Wolff/Danny Kreyman (WF) 8-3
3. Guillermo Gomez/Dean O'Brien (GT) def. Zach Leslie/Tripper Carleton (WF) 8-6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3*,1); Singles (1,2,6,3*,4,5)