Freshman Chris Mengel Won His Fifth Consecutive Straight Set Win
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DURHAM, N.C. – The ninth-ranked Duke men’s tennis team picked up its third straight sweep over an ACC opponent with a 7-0 win over Boston College on Friday afternoon at Ambler Tennis Stadium.
“Today was a good match,” said men’s head coach Ramsey Smith. “I wasn’t overly pleased with our doubles because we had a good practice this week in doubles, but I was really pleased with our singles performance. We’ve been talking about trying to get all six guys locked in for singles and I felt like that’s happened. We came out ready and got off to great starts and finished guys off, and we have played solid disciplined tennis and have good team chemistry right now.”
Duke (12-6, 3-0 ACC) opened the match winning all three doubles contests to claim its third straight doubles point and improve to 8-1 in doubles matches against ACC opposition. The Blue Devils swept singles for the third consecutive match and have yet to concede a point in conference play.
“We have a good bit of momentum right now and have we have to keep up the energy,” said Chris Mengel. “We had a rough patch a couple of weeks ago but we played well to start the ACC schedule and its only going to get harder from here, so we need to keep doing what we have been doing and try to get some wins.”
Henrique Cunha and David Holland played together for the first time and claimed the first of three doubles matches for Duke with an 8-5 decision on court one over Billy Grokenberger and Akash Muppidi. Cale Hammond and Jared Pinsky quickly followed with another 8-5 win on court three while Fred Saba and Torsten Wietoska battled back from a 4-2 deficit on court two to claim an 8-6 win over Michael McGinnis and Alex Skinner.
In singles action, Duke quickly jumped out to an early 3-0 lead winning two singles matches in under an hour. Chris Mengel was first off the courts with his fifth straight set win over Skinner 6-0, 6-1. Luke Marchese notched another point for the Blue Devils on court five as he defeated McGinnis with the second of six straight set decisions on the afternoon.
Junior Torsten Wietoska picked up his first singles win this season in stellar fashion, as his 6-0, 6-1, win over Brian Locklear clinched Duke’s third ACC victory.
With three matches remaining, Saba quickly followed Wietoska’s win with a straight set victory over Erik Kreutzer, while Cunha dismantled Muppidi on court one 6-1, 6-2.
In the final match of the afternoon, Pinsky sealed the sweep for the Blue Devils on court four with a tiebreak win in the second set to defeat Jonathan Raude 6-1, 7-6 (3).
The Blue Devils will continue ACC competition on Sunday when they host No. 43 Maryland in the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center at 12 p.m. The match is free to the public and live stats and live video will be available on GoDuke.com.