ATHENS, Ga. - The Virginia Tech
men’s tennis team won a tough 4-2
victory Friday afternoon over No. 59 UNC
Wilmington in the opening round of the
2009 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships.
The Athens, Ga., regional is being
played at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex
on the University of Georgia campus. T!
ech improved to 15-7 on the year while
the Seahawks saw their 10-match winning
streak come to end and conclude the
season with a 19-6 record.
The Hokies, ranked No. 26 nationally and
making their third consecutive trip to
the NCAA Tournament, swept the two
completed doubles matches and won three
of the five completed singles contests
for the victory.
In singles, Tech took a 2-0 lead as
Nicolas Delgado de Robles (Sr., Madrid,
Spain), ranked 94th-nationally, easily
defeated Gustava Bertei, 6-2, 6-0, in
the No. 2 match. The remainder of the
competition featured five tight matches
which could have gone either way.
UNC Wilmington picked up its’ first
point of the afternoon as Kinshuk Sharma
won the No. 3 match, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, over
Tech’s Pedro Graber (Jr., Santiago,
Chile). Yoann Re (Jr., Verdun, Quebec,
Canada), ranked No. 55 nationally and
seeing his first action since suffering
a collarbone injury in a March 29 match
at Miami, gave the Hokies a 3-1
advantage with a come-from-behind, 2-6,
6-3, 6-3, win at No. 1 over Michael
Pereira. The Seahawks closed to 3-2 as
Alex Wetherell defeated Brandon Corace
(Sr., Naples, Fla.), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, in
the No. 6 event.
Sebastien Jacques (So., Magog, Quebec,
Canada) put the Hokies in the second
round with a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1, win at No. 6
over Illia Ziamtsou. Luka Somen (Fr.,
Karlovac, Croatia) had his No. 4 match
against Ryan Ybarra halted once the
Hokies had clinched the victory.
Tech wasted no time in capturing the
doubles point as Daciek/Delgado de
Robles made short work of Sharma/Ziamtsou,
8-2, at No. 1 and Corace/Graber rolled
to a 8-2 victory at No. 2 versus Bertei/Ybarra.
The No. 3 match was halted with
Jacques/Re leading 7-5 against Pereira/Wetherell.
“This was a very tough match and I am
proud of the way our players competed,”
said Virginia Tech head coach Jim
Thompson. “We are pleased to advance to
tomorrow’s second round where we will
face another tough opponent.”
The Hokies face the winner of the second
match of the day between two-time
defending national champion and
fourth-ranked Georgia against South
#26 Virginia Tech 4, #59 UNC
1. #55 Yoann Re (VT) def. Michael
Pereira (UNCW) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
2. #94 Nicolas Delgado de Robles (VT)
def. Gustava Bertei (UNCW) 6-2, 6-0
3. Kinshuk Sharma (UNCW) def. Pedro
Graber (VT) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
4. Luka Somen (VT) vs. Ryan Ybarra
(UNCW) 7-6, 3-6, 0-1 DNF
5. Sebastien Jacques (VT) def. Illia
Ziamtsou (UNCW) 6-0, 4-6, 6-1
6. Alex Wetherell (UNCW) def. Brandon
Corace (VT) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
Finishing Order: 2, 3, 1, 6, 5*
1. Daciek/Delgado de Robles (VT) def.
Sharma/Ziamtsou (UNCW) 8-2*
2. Corace/Graber (VT) def. Bertei/Ybarra
3. Jacques/Re (VT) def.
Pereira/Wetherell (UNCW) 7-5 DNF
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