No. 75 Deacons Welcome No. 59 VT, No. 13 Miami
March 21, 2014
Match Notes (vs. Virginia Tech/Miami) | Live Scoring
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWTennis)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - No. 75 Wake Forest will welcome No. 59 Virginia Tech and No. 13 Miami to the Wake Forest Tennis Complex for a weekend doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday.
Both matches are set to begin at 12:00 p.m. and admission will be free for the public. There will also be free pizza and a raffle for a $25 gift card to Bib's offered during Saturday's match.
#75 Wake Forest Ends Homestand against #59 Virginia Tech, #13 Miami
The Demon Deacons split a pair of non-conference matches last weekend, dropping a 4-3 decision against No. 71 Winthrop on Saturday before a dominant 6-1 victory over Elon on Sunday.
Kasey Gardiner and Xue Zhang fought off two match points at No. 1 doubles against Elon to rally and claim the doubles point for Wake Forest.
Wake Forest defeated Virginia Tech 4-3 in Blacksburg, Va., last season, but was swept 7-0 by the Hurricanes in Miami.
With Andrea Retolaza out of the lineup last weekend, Kimmy Guerin went 1-1 filling in at No. 1 singles. The freshman rebounded from a tough three-set loss on Saturday with a strong straight-sets win against Elon.
Gardiner leads the Demon Deacons with 11 singles victories in dual play and had wins in both of her matches at No. 4 singles last weekend. Her win against Elon took just an hour for the sophomore to claim the decision.
In spot duty for Wake Forest, Karen Forman played very well at No. 6 singles, earning wins in both of her matches. The junior is riding an eight-match winning streak dating back to the fall.
Both of Wake Forest's top doubles teams earned their 10th dual victories last weekend. The Demon Deacons have won the doubles point in 12 of their 15 matches this season.
Virginia Tech enters the weekend having lost three of its last four matches, including two straight against Duke and North Carolina last weekend.
Miami is on fire as of late and is on an eight-match winning streak. Of those matches, six have come in ACC play, including impressive wins over Notre Dame and Georgia Tech.
Wake Forest will go on the road for a pair of ACC contests next weekend at No. 57 NC State (7-4, 1-3 ACC) and No. 22 Notre Dame (8-6, 2-4 ACC) on Friday and Sunday, respectively.
The Demon Deacons have an all-time record of 46-6 against the Wolfpack, but are 9-12 against the Fighting Irish. Sunday's meeting will be the first between the two sides with Notre Dame as an ACC member.