ATHENS, Ga. - Duke junior Henrique Cunha had his season come to an end Saturday afternoon in a 6-4, 6-3 loss to third-ranked Eric Quigley of Kentucky in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship, held at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Cunha closes a standout junior campaign with an overall record of 41-10 and a mark of 26-9 against ranked singles players after earning All-America honors in singles for the third consecutive year.
Cunha, the No. 5 overall seed, and Quigley stayed on serve until late in the opening set when Quigley broke service to win by a 6-4 margin. In the second set, Cunha went up a break early for a 3-1 lead but Quigley responded by taking the next five games on his way to a 6-3 victory.
"I think the overall season went pretty well," Cunha said. "I had some good matches and played some good tennis. I don't think I played my best tennis in this last tournament, but I managed to win some matches and lost today to a good player. I'm looking forward to the summer break and my last season at Duke."
Now a three-time All-American in singles, Cunha is the first player in Duke men's tennis history to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship on three occasions after reaching the tournament quarterfinals last season and the semifinals as a rookie. Cunha's 41 singles victories this season broke the previous program record of 39, which he set as a freshman in 2010. Cunha also established a new school record for the most singles matches played in a season at 51, topping the 49 matches played by Andres Pedroso in 2000-01. Additionally, the Jaú, Brazil native finishes the year with a career record of 117-26 (.818), just one win shy of matching current head coach Ramsey Smith for the second-most career singles victories in program history.
Following a Round of 16 loss Friday with sophomore Chris Mengel in the NCAA Doubles Championship, Cunha ended the season with an individual record of 27-14 in doubles action. He now owns a career doubles ledger of 107-27 (.799), with the 107 wins ranking him fifth on Duke's all-time charts.
2012 NCAA Div. I Men's Tennis Singles and Doubles Championships May 23-28, 2012 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
Singles - Quarterfinals #3 Eric Quigley (UK) def. #5 Henrique Cunha (Duke) 6-4, 6-3
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