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Duke Wraps Up ITA All-American Pre-Qualifying
Tuesday 10/02/2011  -  Duke Sports Information
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TULSA, Okla. - Two members of the Duke men's tennis team continued singles play Sunday in the pre-qualifying round of the ITA All-American Championships at the University of Tulsa. Sophomore Cale Hammond and senior Luke Marchese each advanced to Sunday's third round following two rounds of play in Tulsa on Saturday.

Hammond opened play Sunday with a 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (3) victory over David Cavalcanti of Wichita State. With the win, Hammond advanced to the final round of pre-qualifying play, where he faced Memphis' Johnny Grimal. Hammond took the first set of that match, but ultimately fell to Grimal by a score of 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Following a victory in the second round on Saturday, Marchese grabbed a 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 win over Filip Rams of Temple in Sunday's third round. The Summit, N.J., native then moved on to the final round, where he fell to Mississippi's Johan Backstrom, 6-4, 6-3.

Three other Blue Devils will see action in Tulsa on Monday in the qualifying rounds of the ITA All-American Championships. Freshman Jason Tahir will start first round singles action for Duke at 10:30 a.m. EST against Ricky Doverspike of Alabama. Sophomore Fred Saba - ranked No. 93 on the ITA's preseason list - is slated to take the court against Ohio State's Connor Smith at 12 p.m., while freshman Raphael Hemmeler will face San Diego's Patrick Pohlmann at 5:30 p.m.

Players must win three matches to qualify for the main draw of the tournament. Junior Henrique Cunha received an automatic bid to the main draw, which begins on Thursday, Oct. 6 in Tulsa.


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