Tech defeats Boston College, 5-2
Hokies take ACC opener from Eagles
February 8, 2008

WEYMOUTH, Mass. - The Virginia Tech men's tennis team opened the ACC portion of the dual match season with a solid 5-2 win over Boston College Friday evening. Tech improved to 6-0, 1-0 while the Eagles fell to 1-2, 0-1.

Tech, ranked No. 37 in this week's Intercollegiate Tennis Association national poll, won a tight doubles competition then took four of the six singles matches to complete the victory. The Hokies not only had to battle the Eagles, but a long day of travel as the team departed the Virginia Tech campus at 5 a.m. for the flight to the Boston area for the match.

Leading 1-0 following doubles, Brandon Corace (Jr., Naples, Fla.) continued his improved play after winning the deciding match in last week's 4-3 win over Penn State, with a 6-3, 6-1, win at No. 5 against Sam Wagner. Sebastien Jacques (Fr., Magog, Quebec, Canada) took a 6-2, 6-0, decision at No. 4 over Erik Kreutzer, before BC got on the board as Thomas Nolan defeated Yoann Re (So., Verdun, Quebec, Canada), 6-4, 6-2, in the No. 2 match.

Tech clinched the match at No. 1 as Nicolas Delgado de Robles (Jr., Madrid, Spain), ranked No. 86 nationally, cruised to a 6-2, 6-0, win versus Alex Rastorgouey. Delgado de Robles was playing up in the lineup due to an injury the Hokies' top player, Albert Larregola (Sr., Lleida, Spain), ranked No. 42 in the nation. Larregola suffered an injury early in the Penn State match.

Pedro Graber (So., Santiago, Chile) concluded the Tech scoring with a solid 6-4, 6-3, win at No. 3 against Jason Sechrist. The Eagles captured their final point at No. 6 as Brian Locklear defeated Alexandre Labrosse (r-So., Repentigny, Quebec, Canada), 5-7, 7-5, 1-0 (6). A super tiebreaker was played in lieu of a third set since the team outcome had been decided.

"Boston College played very well and I am pleased to get a good win after such a long day" said Tech head coach Jim Thompson. "We will need to play better tomorrow against a strong Brown team, but today's win will give us some confidence heading into that match."

The Hokies took the doubles point after dropping the first match as Corace/Labrosse lost, 8-3, at No. 2 to Kretzer/Sechrist. Tech leveled the doubles as Jacques/Re defeated Adam Davison/Nolan, 8-5, at No. 3, before the Hokies took the point with a tight 9-7 victory at No. 1 by Delgado de Robles/Graver against Rastorgouey/Wagner.

The Hokies return to action on Sat., Feb. 9, when the road trip continues to Providence, R.I. for a 5 p.m. match against No. 75 Brown.

#37 Virginia Tech 5, Boston College 2
1. #86 Nicolas Delgado de Robles (VT) def. Alex Rastorgouey (BC) 6-2, 6-0
2. Thomas Nolan (BC) def. Yoann Re (VT) 6-4, 6-2
3. Pedro Graber (VT) def. Jason Sechrist (BC) 6-4, 6-3
4. Sebastien Jacques (VT) def. Erik Kreutzer (BC) 6-2, 6-0
5. Brandon Corace (VT) def. Sam Wagner (BC) 6-3, 6-1
6. Brian Locklear (BC) def. Alexandre Labrosse (VT) 5-7, 7-5, 1-0 (6)
Finishing Order: 5, 4, 2, 1*, 3, 6

1. Delgado de Robles/Graber (VT) def. Rastorgouey/Wagner (BC) 9-7
2. Kreutzer/Sechrist (BC) def. Corace/Labrosse (VT) 8-3
3. Jacques/Re (VT) def. Adam Davison/Nolan (BC) 8-5
Finishing Order: 2, 3, 1*