Hokies beat No. 26 VCU, 4-2
Corace earns the clinching point with a three-set victory
April 9, 2008

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's tennis team earned a 4-2 decision against No. 26 Virginia Commonwealth in the Hokies' final non-conference match of the season on Wednesday afternoon at the Burrows/Burleson Tennis Center. No. 29 Tech improves to 13-6 (5-4 ACC) on the year, while the Rams drop to 15-7 with the loss.

VCU won two of the three doubles matches for the first point, but the Hokies rebounded by winning four of the five completed singles contests for the victory. The No. 5 singles match did not finish after a decision was reached by both coaches to conclude the day since Tech had already earned the clinching point. VCU's Georges-Alexandre Israel was leading Sebastien Jacques (Fr., Magog, Quebec, Canada), 7-6, 1-6, 2-1 when play was stopped in the third set.

Trailing 1-0 after doubles, the Hokies quickly responded in the No. 3 match with Yoann Re (So., Verdun, Quebec, Canada) beating Stepan Siska, 6-2, 6-3. The Rams retook the lead briefly though with their final point of the day at No. 4 as Emil Lindgren earned a 6-3, 6-1 decision over Pedro Graber (So., Santiago, Chile). Tech won the top two matches with identical scores as No. 40 Albert Larregola (Sr., Lleida, Spain.) defeated Thibaut Charron, 6-1, 7-5 and Nicolas Delgado de Robles (Jr., Madrid, Spain) beat No. 124 Damien Lacombe, 6-1, 7-5. Brandon Corace (Jr., Naples, Fla.) came from behind after losing the first set at No. 6 to earn a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Sebastien Ripoll for the clinching point.

In doubles action, Tech won the first match at No. 3 with Jacques/Re defeating Siska/Martin Schulhauser, 8-6. VCU won the next two matches though for the doubles point with No. 58 Ripoll/Lundgren beating Corace/Larregola, 8-5, and Charron/Bobo Delemark defeating Delgado de Robles/Graber, 8-6.

The Hokies continue their final homestand of the season on Friday with action against No. 30 Wake Forest set to begin at 3 p.m., followed by No. 49 NC State visiting on Sunday at 2 p.m.

#29 Virginia Tech 4, #26 VCU 2

Singles Play
1. #40 Albert Larregola (VT) def. Thibaut Charron (VCU), 6-1, 7-5
2. Nicolas Delgado de Robles (VT) def. #124 Damien Lacombe (VCU), 6-1, 7-5
3. Yoann Re (VT) def. Stepan Siska (VCU), 6-2, 6-3
4. Emil Lindgren (VCU) def. Pedro Graber (VT), 6-3, 6-1
5. DNF: Georges-Alexandre (VCU) led Sebastien Jacques (VT), 7-6, 1-6, 2-1
6. Brandon Corace (VT) def. Sebastien Ripoll (VCU), 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

Doubles Play
1. No. 58 Lindgren/Ripoll (VCU) def. Corace/Larregola (VT), 8-5
2. Charron/Bobo Delemark (VCU) def. Delgado de Robles/Graber (VT), 8-6
3. Jacques/Re (VT) def. Siska/Martin Schulhauser (VCU), 8-6

Order of finish:
Singles (3,4,1,2,6*)
Doubles (3,1,2*)