ACC MEN'S TENNIS: Duke, UNC to play in ACC semifinals
No. 11-ranked and second-seeded Duke held off game Virginia Tech 4-3 Friday night in a rain-delayed ACC Men’s Tennis Championship quarterfinal.
The win, coupled with North Carolina’s 4-0 win late Friday over rival N.C. State sets up the Blue Devils and Tar Heels for their third meeting on the season, this one at 2 p.m. at Cary Tennis Park for a berth in Sunday’s 11 a.m. championship match.
The Duke and UNC women’s teams are also playing in today’s women’s tournament semifinals at Cary Tennis Park at 11 a.m.
Duke won the first two meetings between the rivals, 4-2 in the ITA Kick-off Weekend indoors, and 5-2 on Sunday in Durham.
Virginia Tech, ranked 40th in the ITA and seeded seventh in the tournament, stormed back from an early deficit after the noon match was halted by a band of thunderstorms at Cary Tennis Park and forced to move to Raleigh’s N.C. State Indoor Tennis Facility where it resumed at about 6 p.m.
Duke (19-5) won the doubles point to jump out to an early 1-0 lead. In the No. 2 doubles match, the Blue Devils’ Josh Levine and Jason Tahir defeated the Hokies’ Hunter Koontz and Joao Monteiro, 8-3. Duke’s Raphael Hemmeler and Fred Saba then clinched the point for the Blue Devils with an 8-4 victory over Tech’s 44th-ranked duo of Andreas Bjerrehus and Amerigo Contini in the No. 1 match.
In singles, Duke’s Bruce Semenzato extended the Duke lead to two with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Koontz in the No. 4 match.
Tech’s Bjerrehus brought the Hokies back within one, as he came from behind to top Saba in three sets. Saba grabbed the opening set 6-0, but Bjerrehus stormed back to win the both the second and third set, 6-4. The win was Bjerrehus’ second over Saba this season.
In No. 6 singles, T.J. Pura put the Blue Devils back up, 3-1 by defeating Tech’s Aaron Gomez, 6-3, 6-4.
The Hokies’ Jai Corbett answered at No. 5, topping Levine in a back and forth three set battle. After falling in the opening set 6-7 (5), Corbett rallied to take the next two, 6-2, 7-6 (3), putting Tech back within one.
At No. 1 , the 24th-ranked Contini came from behind to defeat 30th-ranked Tahir in three sets to even the match at 3-3. Tahir won the first set, 6-4, but Contini used a tiebreaker to win the second, 7-6 (9-7), before winning the final set, 6-1.
The match came down to a tiebreaker in third set of the No. 3 singles match between the Hokies’ Monteiro and the Blue Devils’ Hemmeler. Hemmeler won the opening set, 6-4. Monteiro then grabbed the second, 7-6 (7-5), forcing the third set. In the deciding tiebreaker, Monteiro led 5-3, but Hemmeler rallied back to win, 9-7, clinching the match for Duke.
In its match that was pushed back from a scheduled 3 p.m. start to an 8 p.m. start in Durham, UNC won the doubles point with wins at No. 1 by Brayden Schnur and Brett Clark and No. 2 by Nelson Vick and Oystein Steiro.
UNC closed it out with wins by No. 1 Schnur, No. 3 Clark and No. 6 Vick in singles.
NORTH CAROLINA UPENDS N.C. STATE IN DURHAM FRIDAY NIGHT
(This is a late report from UNC Sports Information)
DURHAM -- The third-seeded North Carolina men’s tennis team defeated sixth-seeded North Carolina State 4-0 in the quarterfinal round of the ACC Men’s Tennis Championships on Friday at Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.
With the win, the Tar Heels improve to 23-4 on the season and will face off against second-seeded Duke in the semifinals on Saturday. NC State drops to 17-9 with the loss.
In doubles play, the Tar Heels were able to take down two ranked doubles pairs to clinch the point.
No. 35 Brayden Schnur and Brett Clark got Carolina on the board first, registering an 8-5 win over No. 22 Ian Dempster and Robbie Mudge in lively match on court one. The Tar Heels’ veteran pair of Nelson Vick and Oystein Steiro sealed the doubles point by edging the 60th-ranked duo of Nick Horton and Sean Weber, 8-7(7-4) in a tiebreaker on court two.
The match on court three was suspended after the point was clinched with Ronnie Schneider and Jack Murray leading the Wolfpack’s pair of Austin Powell and Simon Norenius, 7-4.
The Tar Heels finished off the Wolfpack with strong performances in singles action from Nelson Vick, Brayden Schnur and Brett Clark.
Vick pushed Carolina’s lead to 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 win on court six, and the freshman Schnur added another straight-set victory with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over the Wolfpack’s Robbie Mudge on court one.
Sophomore Brett Clark clinched the match for the Tar Heels with a hard-earned 6-4, 7-5 victory on court three. The win marked Clark’s 34th singles victory this season.
Friday turned into a long day for Sam Paul’s team, as inclement weather forced all matches to be moved indoors at various sites. The Tar Heels eventually got underway at 7:45 p.m. in Durham despite originally being scheduled for 3 p.m. start in Cary.
Carolina will take on the Blue Devils at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Cary Tennis Park. The other semifinal will feature a matchup between top-seeded Virginia and fourth-seeded Notre Dame at 11 a.m.
ACC Tournament Quarterfinals
No. 11 Duke 4, Virginia Tech 3
SINGLES — 1. Amerigo Contini (VT) d. Jason Tahir 4-6, 7-6, 6-1; 2. Andreas Bjerrehus (VT) d. Fred Saba 0-6, 6-4, 6-4; 3 Raphael Hemmeler (D) d. Joao Monteiro 6-4, 6-7, 7-6; 4. Bruno Semenzato (D) d. Hunter Koontz 6-4, 7-5; 5. Jai Corbett (VT) d. Josh Levine 6-7, 6-2, 7-6; 6. TJ Pura (D) d. Aaron Gomez 6-3, 6-4.
DOUBLES — 1. Saba/Hemmeler (D) d. Bjerrehus/Contini 8-4; 2. Tahir/Levine (D) d. Koontz/Monteiro 8-3; 3. Corbett/Nicoud (VT) led Semenzato/Hammond 6-5 when match was suspended.
Records — Virginia Tech 14-10, Duke 18-5.
#9 North Carolina 4, #26 NC State 0
Doubles (Team Winning Majority Of Matches Earns One Team Point)
Order of match finish: (1,2)
Singles (One Team Point Per Singles Match)
Order of match finish: (6,1,3)
1. #12 Brayden Schnur (UNC) d. Robbie Mudge (NCSU), 6-3, 6-3
2. #59 Austin Powell (NCSU) led #35 Ronnie Schneider (UNC), 1-6, 6-3, 3-2, DNF
3. #73 Brett Clark (UNC) d. Nick Horton (NCSU), 6-4, 7-5
4. Oystein Steiro (UNC) vs. Simon Norenius (NCSU), 6-0, 6-7(4), 1-1, DNF
5. Jack Murray (UNC) led Sean Weber (NCSU), 3-6, 7-5, 4-3, DNF
6. Nelson Vick (UNC) d. Ian Dempster (NCSU), 6-2, 6-2
Team Records: North Carolina (23-4), NC State (17-9)