Hokies roll past No. 26 Miami, 6-1
No. 55 Larregola upsets No. 4 Vallverdu in two set victory
March 30, 2008

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech's Albert Larregola (Sr., Lleida, Spain) earned his biggest win of the season with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over the No. 4 nationally-ranked player in the country to help the Hokies defeat Miami, 6-1, on Sunday afternoon at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center. Ranked No. 28 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national poll, Tech improves to 11-5 on the year and 4-3 in the ACC, while the No. 26 Hurricanes drop to 9-6 and 2-4 in conference play.

Miami won two of the three doubles matches for the first point of the day, but Tech swept the ACC foe in singles action for the victory, which comes two days after the Hokies' tough 4-3 loss to No. 10 Florida State.

"I'm really excited about the win," head coach Jim Thompson said. "The guys played well, and Miami is a good team. We knew they were good, and I thought we would be up for the match because we had really been looking forward to it for a long time. I'm really happy with the way we played today.

"Obviously today's opponent was Albert's highest-ranked win of the year, but he beat a really good player at Tennessee (then-No. 16 J.P. Smith)," he added. "He's had a great season for us so far, but this is a really good win for him. I think the last couple of matches, he hasn't played his best, but he came out today and gave us a really good chance. Even though we won all of the singles, him being in charge of his match really helped the rest of the guys today, so he did a great job."

Following the loss of a point in doubles, the Hokies quickly grabbed the momentum back as Sebastien Jacques (Fr., Magog, Quebec, Canada) easily defeated Keith Crowley, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 5, followed by Yoann Re's (So. Verdun, Quebec, Canada) 6-2, 6-4 win over Vivek Subramanian at No. 3. Brandon Corace (Jr., Naples, Fla.) won a tough first set before eventually getting past Barnabas Carrega, 7-5, 6-3, in the No. 6 contest. Larregola then clinched the win for Tech in the No. 1 match. The final two contests were decided in three sets as Pedro Graber (So., Santiago, Chile) beat Carl Sundberg, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 at No. 4 and Nicolas Delgado de Robles (Jr., Madrid, Spain) battled David Rosenfeld, 2-6, 7-5, 7-5 at No. 2 to complete the singles sweep.

In doubles action, Re/Jacques won the No. 3 match, 8-3, against Crowley/J.C. Whitner, but Miami's two ranked doubles teams made sure the Hokies didn't get the second win. No. 54 Rosenfeld/Subramanian beat Graber/Delgado de Robles, 8-3, and then No. 24 Vallverdu/Sundberg defeated Larregola/Corace, 8-6, to clinch the Hurricanes' only point of the day.

The Hokies hit the road next weekend as they visit No. 40 Duke on Friday with the action set to begin at 3 p.m. and then No. 9 North Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m.

"I think the win today will help us," Thompson said. "We have a good team, and it's hard when you lose some matches because you to start to question and doubt yourself a little bit. I know the coaches haven't doubted it, and I know the players haven't doubted themselves. They played great today, and we'll carry that over to the Duke match."

#28 Virginia Tech 6, #26 Miami 1

Singles Play
1. #55 Albert Larregola (VT) def. #4 Daniel Vallverdu (UM), 6-3, 7-5
2. Nicolas Delgado de Robles (VT) def. David Rosenfeld (UM), 2-6, 7-5, 7-5
3. Yoann Re (VT) def. Vivek Subramanian (UM), 6-2, 6-4
4. Pedro Graber (VT) def. Carl Sundberg (UM), 7-6, 3-6, 6-3
5. Sebastien Jacques (VT) def. Keith Crowley (UM), 6-1, 6-2
6. Brandon Corace (VT) def. Barnabas Carrega (UM), 7-5, 6-3

Doubles Play
1. #24 Vallverdu/Sundberg (UM) def. Larregola/Corace (VT), 8-6
2. #54 Rosenfeld/Subramanian (UM) def. Graber/Delgado de Robles (VT), 8-3
3. Re/Jacques (VT) def. Crowley/J.C. Whitner (UM), 8-3

Finishing Orders:
Doubles: 3, 2, 1*
Singles: 5, 3, 6, 1*, 4, 2

* Clinching point