The Wake Forest Men's Tennis team won its 8th and 9th consecutive matches this weekend, defeating No. 64 Miami on Friday, then No. 20 Florida State on Sunday. Both matches were on the road, and the win at Florida State snapped the Seminoles 11 home match win streak.
With the two wins, the Deacs move to 22-4 (6-1 in the ACC), and could possibly move into the top ten when the computer rankings come out later this week.
The Deacons took care of business against Miami (7-9, 2-4 in ACC play) on Friday, winning 7-0. and extending its own school record to eight straight shutouts.
Wake got off to a strong start in the doubles play, with wins at the 2 and 3 doubles spot to clinch the doubles point. The No. 12 ranked duo of Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim dropped their match at the 1 slot, 6-3.
From there, Wake lost just one set in the 6 singles matches, with Romain Bogaerts losing the second set to Fermin Calvo of the Hurricanes.
No. 16 ranked Mansouri improved to 6-1 on the season in singles play vs. nationally ranked competition, defeating No. 38 Piotr Lomacki in straight sets.
After a break on Saturday, the Deacs headed down to Tallahassee to face off against the No. 20 ranked Florida State Seminoles. While the shutout streak was ended at eight matches, Wake Forest and head coach Tony Bresky will gladly take the dominant 6-1 victory.
Wake started off strong at the 1 in doubles, with No. 12 Mansouri and Seraphim bouncing back from their loss on Friday by handing No. 11 ranked Benjamin Lock and Marco Nunez a 6-3 defeat. After a loss at the 3 doubles, No. 48 Petros Chrysochos and Jon Ho battled back to win 7-6 in a tiebreaker to clinch the doubles point.
The Demon Deacons would win the first three matches at 5, 6, and 2 slots to clinch the match 4-0. At the No. 3 singles spot, Michael Rinaldi of Florida State finally halted the school record shutout streak by defeating Jon Ho in straight sets (6-4. 6-3).
Before Ho lost, Wake Forest had won 60 team points in a row (eight straight matches of 7-0, and then 4-0 in the FSU match).
In singles, both Mansouri and Chrysochos picked up straight set wins over nationally ranked opponents. Mansouri defeated No. 12 Benjamin Lock, while Chysochos defeated No. 60 Marco Nunez.
The Deacs will rest for a few days back home in Winston-Salem before setting out on another two-game road trip this weekend. First they will travel to No. 45 Virginia Tech on Friday at 11AM, and then to No. 1 ranked Chapel Hill on Sunday to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels at 1PM.
The Hokies are 12-5 overall, and 4-3 in the ACC, while the Tar Heels are 20-1, and 5-1 in the ACC.
Wake Forest has won 13 out of its last 14 matches, and at this point is a legitimate national title contender. Currently sit in sole second place in the ACC at 6-1, but still have a matchup with Virginia looming in two weeks in Charlottesville. The schedule is backloaded, so it will be interesting to see how the Deacs can fare over the next three weekends.
I encourage anybody who has not gone out to see a tennis match yet to come out to Senior Day on April 9th at 3PM. It's a high-intensity atmosphere, and this team is probably as good as any you are going to see this year relative to competition in the rest the country.