Tech rallies to defeat Penn State, 4-3
Corace wins clinching match
February 2, 2008

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's tennis team rallied from 3-0 deficit to defeat No. 39 Penn State, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center on the Virginia Tech campus. Penn State falls to 2-2 with the loss.

Tech (5-0), ranked No. 35 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association preseason national poll, dropped the doubles point and quickly fell behind 3-0 as Albert Larregola (Sr., Lleida, Spain), ranked No. 42 nationally, was forced to retire due to injury in his No. 1 match with a 3-1 lead over Michael James. Pedro Graber (So., Santiago, Chile) dropped his No. 4 match, 6-1, 6-2, against Brandon Lynch before the Hokie comeback began.

Sebastien Jacques (Fr., Magog, Quebec, Canada) got the Hokies on the board with a 6-2, 7-6 (9) victory at No. 5 versus Ryan Gormley followed by Yoann Re's (So., Verdun, Quebec, Canada) come-from-behind, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, win in the No. 2 match over Adam Slagter. Tech leveled the contest at 3-3 as Nicolas Delgado de Robles (Jr., Madrid, Spain) won a tight 6-4, 7-6, decision over Eddie Bouchier in the No. 3 event.

The match came down to the No. 6 contest where Brandon Corace (Jr., Naples, Fla.) dropped the first set, 4-6, to Jake Toole. Corace bounced back to take the second set 6-2 only to fall behind 3-1 in the match-deciding third frame. He then battled his way back to take five of the final six games to take the set, 6-4, and keep the Hokies unbeaten on the year.

"Brandon did an excellent job of staying in the match both physically and emotionally," said an elated Tech head coach Jim Thompson. "I can't say enough about how proud I am of our guys battling back against a quality opponent to get the victory. This match will give us tremendous momentum heading into a tough trip next week to Boston College and Brown.

The Nittany Lions took the doubles point as James/Lynch defeated Tech's Jacques/Re, 8-1, at No. 3 and Eddie Bouchier/Slagter won a tight 8-6 match at No. 1 over Delgado de Robles/Graber. Tech picked up its' lone doubles win as Corace/Alexandre Labrosse (Fr., Repentigny, Quebec, Canada) won 6-5 in the No. 2 contest. Tech won the tiebreaker, 7-2, which was played at 5-5 since the doubles point had been determined.

The Hokies return to action on Fri., Feb. 8, when they travel to Weymouth, Mass. for a 3:30 p.m. ACC match against Boston College.

#35 Virginia Tech 4, #39 Penn State 3
1. Michael James (PSU) def. #42 Albert Larregola (VT) 3-1 (inj, ret.)
2. Yoann Re (VT) def. Adam Slagter (PSU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
3. #86 Nicolas Delgado de Robles (VT) def. Eddie Bouchier (PSU) 6-4, 7-6
4. Brandon Lynch (PSU) def. Pedro Graber (VT) 6-1, 6-2
5. Sebastien Jacques (VT) def. Ryan Gormley (PSU) 6-2, 7-6 (9)
6. Brandon Corace (VT) def. Jake Toole (PSU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
Finishing Order: 1, 4, 5, 2, 3, 6*

1. Eddie Bouchier/Slagter (PSU) def. Delgado de Robles/Graber (VT) 8-6
2. Corace/Alexandre Labrosse (VT) def. Gormley/Toole (PSU) 6-5 (tiebreaker played at 5-5 won 7-2 by VT)
3. James/Lynch (PSU) def. Jacques/Re (VT) 8-1
Finishing Order: 3, 1*, 2
* clinching point