Following two tough 4-3 road losses, the No. 12 Wake Forest men's tennis team got back on track this weekend. On Friday, the Demon Deacons (15-6, 5-3) overpowered Georgia Tech, 5-2. Two days later, Wake dominated Clemson, 6-1.
The biggest takeaway is Wake's strength at the top of the lineup. In both matches, the Deacs won convincingly at the first four singles positions. Among those four slots, only Skander Mansouri dropped a single set at third singles. No. 8 Romain Bogaerts, No. 27 Noah Rubin and No. 80 Jon Ho all slid safely to two straight set victories.
At fifth singles, freshman Christian Seraphim lost 6-3, 7-6 against the Yellow Jackets, but bounced back for a powerful 6-1, 6-4 win on Sunday. In both matches, freshman Keivon Tabrizi was defeated at sixth singles. Tabrizi has been starting all season in doubles, but recently returned to the singles lineup in place of sophomore Maksim Kan. Kan had a tremendous freshman year at third singles, but has struggled with back pains and confidence this season.
Overall, this marks another great weekend for the Deacs and proves why they are a serious contender in the ACC. To beat the top teams like Duke, Virginia and North Carolina, however, Wake needs to find stability at the bottom of the lineup.
The Demon Deacons return home this weekend against Miami on Friday and No. 19 North Carolina on Sunday. These matches are critical for Wake, who is currently tied for fifth in the ACC with Florida State and UNC.