The Virginia Tech men’s tennis team got back on the winning track Sunday afternoon with a 5-2 win at No. 73 Maryland. The Hokies improved to 7-2 on the year and 2-1 in the ACC while the Terps fall to 5-4 and 0-2 in the league.
Tech, ranked No. 31 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, dropped the doubles point to open the match, but bounced back to capture five of the six singles contests.
"Maryland came out strong and played very well in the beginning of the match and I felt our guys did a good job staying composed and competing. This was a good win for us on the road coming off an emotional battle in Charlottesville. Now we must quickly regroup and get ready for a strong Louisville team.
After dropping the doubles point, the Hokies dominated the singles competition as Yoann Re (Verdun, Quebec, Canada), ranked No. 86 nationally, eased past Andrew Orban, 7-5, 6-3, at No. 1, while Luka Somen (Karlovac, Croatia) had no trouble at No. 3 defeating Nicolai Nielsen, 6-4, 6-2.
Elsewhere, Sebastien Jacques (So., Magog, Quebec, Canada) won a tough three-set match, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, over Mathias Sarrazin at No. 4, Brandon Corace (Sr., Naples, Fla.) took the No. 5 contest, 6-4, 6-2, against Boris Fetbroyt and Patrick Daciek (Severna Park, Md.) took a 6-2, 6-3, victory at No. 6 versus Alex Aksanov.
Tech suffered its’ only singles loss in the No. 2 match where David Kwon upset Nicolas Delgado de Robles (Sr., Madrid, Spain), ranked No. 92, 6-3, 4-0 ret.
The Hokies recorded a doubles win at No. 3 as Corace/Daciek defeated Aksanov/Sarrazin, 8-5. Maryland took the doubles point with wins in the other two matches. Fetbroyt/Orban won the No. 1 match over Delgado de Robles/Somen, ranked No. 44, 8-3, and Kwon/Nielsen defeated Jacques/Re, 8-6, in the No. 2 contest.
The Hokies return to action on Fri., March 6, when they host No. 33 Louisville in a 5 p.m. match at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center on the Virginia Tech campus.
#31 Virginia Tech 5, #73 Maryland 2
No. 1 #86 Yoann Re (VT) def. Andrew Orban (MD) 7-5, 6-3
No. 2 David Kwon (MD) def. #92 Nicolas Delgado de Robles (VT) 6-3, 4-0 ret.
No. 3 Luka Somen (VT) def. Nickolai Nielsen (MD) 6-4, 6-2
No. 4 Sebastien Jacques (VT) def. Mathias Sarrazin (MD) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
No. 5 Brandon Corace (VT) def. Boris Fetbroyt (MD) 6-4, 6-2
No. 6 Patrick Daciek (VT) def. Alex Aksanov (MD) 6-2, 6-3
No. 1 Fetbroyt/Orban (MD) def. #44 Delgado de Robles/Somen (VT) 8-3
No. 2 Kwon/Nielsen (MD) def. Jacques/Re (VT) 8-6
No. 3 Corace/Daciek (VT) def. Aksanov/Sarrazin (MD) 8-5