Match 26 l NCAA First Round
No. 11 Duke vs. No. 73 Winthrop
Saturday, May 10 l 12 p.m.
Durham, N.C. l Ambler Tennis Stadium
DURHAM, N.C. – The 11th-ranked Duke men’s tennis program is set to host one of 16 regionals for the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11 at Ambler Tennis Stadium. Elon and Tennessee will meet in the first match Saturday at 9 a.m. before the 11th-seeded Blue Devils host Winthrop at 12 p.m. The winners of both matches will square off Sunday at 2 p.m. to compete for a trip to the 2014 NCAA Team Championship May 16-20 in Athens, Ga.
Where to Watch\
Duke’s Blue Devil Network will carry live streaming of each NCAA first and second round contest this weekend free of charge … Links are accessible on GoDuke.com and on the tournament homepage … Live streaming will begin five minutes before the start of each match and last through the conclusion of the contest.
Ticket prices for all NCAA Championship matches are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children … Each ticket is good for all matches each day … Tickets can be purchased outside the stadium on the day of the match or online at GoDuke.com/tickets … Parking for all matches will be available in the Blue Zone, which can be accessed off Duke University Road.
Duke in the NCAA Championship
The Blue Devils own an all-time record of 44-23 in NCAA Championship play and will be making their 23rd consecutive appearance in the postseason event … The program will host an NCAA Regional for the fifth consecutive season and the 13th time in school history … Duke has advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals on eight occasions, including in 2013 … This season, the Blue Devils have compiled an 11-6 record against teams in the NCAA field of 64, including a 3-4 mark against squads that are seeded.
Scouting the Eagles
Winthrop (16-9) earned automatic qualification to the NCAA Championship by capturing the Big South title … The squad dispatched Campbell 4-2 in the championship match … The Eagles will be making their ninth appearance in the tournament and the first under head coach Andrew Stubbs … Ranked 73rd in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, Winthrop enters the weekend on a four-match win streak and is led by Yuta Hirokawa, who is 7-9 at the No. 1 position in singles … Duke and Winthrop have met just twice in program history, with the Blue Devils winning both contests.
Scouting the Phoenix
Elon (19-4) captured the Southern Conference title and went unbeaten during the SoCon regular season and tournament … The squad, ranked 51st in the country, has won 15 of its last 16 matches and is led by SoCon Player of the Year Cameron Silverman … Silverman, the 36th-ranked player in the country, owns an 18-6 singles record heading into the tournament … Head coach Michael Leonard was tabbed the SoCon Coach of the Year for the second straight season … Duke is 10-1 all-time against the Phoenix after suffering a 4-3 setback in the season opener Jan. 17.
Scouting the Volunteers
Tennessee (17-10) received the program’s 24th selection to the NCAA Team Championship and eighth under head coach Sam Winterbotham … Listed 20th in this week’s ITA team rankings, the Vols are coming off of a 4-2 loss to Ole Miss at the SEC Championships … The squad features the second-ranked doubles tandem in the nation in Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese … Libietis and Reese are also ranked nationally in singles, with Reese coming in at No. 27 and Libietis at No. 34 ... Duke owns an all-time mark of 8-12 against the Vols following a 4-2 loss in Knoxville earlier this season.
Scouting the Blue Devils
Duke (19-6) will look to carry momentum into the NCAA Championship after finishing the regular season on an eight-match win streak and reaching the semifinals of the ACC Championship … Head coach Ramsey Smith’s squad was tabbed 11th in the latest ITA poll and has been ranked among the nation’s top 18 teams all spring … Junior Jason Tahir, the 32nd-ranked singles player in the country, has posted a 7-5 record since moving to the top spot in the lineup … No. 44 Fred Saba and No. 89 Bruno Semenzato also join Tahir in the singles rankings while Saba and junior Raphael Hemmeler are 51st in the national doubles poll … Tahir and Saba recently received first team All-ACC recognition while Hemmeler and Semenzato were selected to the league’s third team.