DURHAM, N.C. – Following eight indoor matches, the No. 13 Duke men’s tennis team shifts its attention to the outdoor courts with a Saturday doubleheader that kicks off the outdoor portion of the Blue Devils’ slate. Duke (7-4) faces Coastal Carolina (3-3) at 10 a.m. before taking on Furman (9-1) around 3 p.m.
All regular season Duke men’s tennis home events at Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center and Ambler Tennis Stadium are free to the public. General public parking is available in the Blue Zone parking lot off Duke University Road.
Coastal Carolina Series History
Saturday’s contest will be the sixth in program history, all in Durham, with Duke holding a 5-0 advantage in the series that began with a 4-0 Blue Devil victory on May 10, 2013, during the first round of the NCAA Tournament … Coastal Carolina has not scored a point in the series … Last spring, Duke won 7-0 on February 25 as Ryan Dickerson clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-0 win on court six against Jose Ortega … Current Blue Devils Catalin Mateas and Dickerson are 2-0 in singles against the Chanticleers while Spencer Furman, Robert Levine and Nick Stachowiak are 1-0.
Scouting the Chanticleers
Coastal Carolina is led in its top two spots by Luiz Faria and Zak Talic … Faria has played the most matches on court one, going 3-3 while Talic is 3-3 at No. 2 … Gonzalez Achondo has been the option on court three, posting a 3-3 ledger in that slot … In doubles, Faria and Talic have gone 1-2 on the top court and 0-1 on court two … Lawrence Perrin and Paul Boulay have been the option at No. 2, going 2-1 there and 1-1 on court one.
Furman Series History
The Blue Devils and Paladins will meet for the 26th time Saturday with Duke leading 23-2 in a series that dates back to 1939 … The teams met every year except one from 1980-99, but this will mark just the second meeting since a 6-1 Duke victory on February 10, 1999 … The Blue Devils have captured 18 straight decisions, last falling 5-4 on March 28, 1981 … In their dual match singles careers, Nicolas Alvarez, Dickerson and Mateas are all 1-0, winning on February 27, 2016, during a 6-1 Blue Devil victory.
Scouting the Paladins
Furman’s Cameron Green, ranked No. 110 in this week’s Oracle/ITA ledger, has been the Paladins’ top player, owning a 6-3 record in the No. 1 singles position … Jake Munns (4-0) has filled the No. 2 spot along with Ivan Mitric (2-2) … Court three has rotated mainly between Mitric (3-1) and Drew Singerman (3-0) … In doubles, Mitric and Munns have played the majority of matches on court one, going 2-4 … Green and Singerman have been the main court two choice, playing to a 3-3 record … Mitric and Singerman are a combined 3-0 on courts one (1-0) and two (2-0).
“It’s nice to be back at home and play outdoors at Ambler,” head coach Ramsey Smith said. “It was a quick turnaround from the ITA Team Indoor Championship last week, but we’ve had a good week of preparation. I’m really excited to get going. We try to play outdoors as much as possible, but we do have an indoor window and an amazing indoor facility. But tennis is an outdoor sport. We love being outside and at Ambler.”
Alvarez Remains Unbeaten in Dual Matches
The top of Duke’s singles lineup has received a boost this season with the return from injury of redshirt junior Alvarez … During dual matches, Alvarez has posted a 4-0 record on court one … In his most recent match, Alvarez came back to defeat Notre Dame’s No. 28 Alex Lebedev 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 … The win was Alvarez’s second against a ranked foe this season and his first against a top-28 individual since downing No. 13 Skander Mansouri on April 9, 2016 … In his career, Alvarez owns a 25-16 record on court one.
Success on Court Three
Duke’s singles lineup has received its most wins from court three, going 7-1 there … Stachowiak, a sophomore, has done the majority of the work in the third slot, posting a 5-1 record … Classmates Levine and Furman are also 1-0 there … A year ago, Duke posted a combined 13-11 record on court three with no player winning more than four matches in that position.
In Duke’s final match at the ITA Team Indoor Championship in Seattle last week, junior Jason Lapidus came up with one of Duke’s biggest victories … Down 3-0 to Notre Dame, Lapidus defeated Grayson Broadus 6-0, 2-6, 7-6 (6) to get the Blue Devils on the board … Lapidus’ victory ignited Duke’s comeback as it won 4-3 … The victory was Lapidus’ first in dual matches against an individual from a ranked team.
A Trio Approaching 50 Wins
Mateas, Dickerson and Stachowiak are all on the verge of capturing 50 career singles victories … Heading into this weekend, Stachowiak owns 49 singles triumphs, Dickerson 46 and Mateas 45 … A year ago Stachowiak led the Blue Devils in singles wins with 32 and tops the team with 17 this season … Dickerson, a junior, turned in a personal-best 22 wins during the 2016-17 campaign and has matched his
victory total from his freshman year already with 12 … Mateas, a junior, has seven wins this year, but has finished just four of the 10 dual matches he has played … He has beaten ranked opponents in his last two decisions, downing No. 40 Ryotaro Matsumura of Kentucky and No. 118 Guillermo Cabrera of Notre Dame.
Duke up to No. 13 in Oracle/ITA Poll with Two in ITA Singles Rankings
After the ITA Team Indoor Championship, the rankings switch from coaches to computer polls with the Blue Devils gaining a bump up from the challenging schedule they have faced … Duke has played four top-22 programs and is up to No. 13 from No. 20 in this week’s Oracle/ITA poll … The No. 13 ranking is the Blue Devils’ highest since standing No. 13 on January 5, 2016 … Duke has two ranked singles players with Alvarez up to No. 32 from No. 53 … Mateas makes his first appearance of the spring in the rankings, checking in at No. 92.
Last Time Out
The No. 20 Duke men’s tennis team was down to match point against No. 22 Notre Dame, trailing 3-0 to the Fighting Irish in the ITA Team Indoor Championship at the Seattle Tennis Club ... Four singles matches later, the Blue Devils came away with a 4-3 win to cap the indoor portion of the season … Notre Dame captured the doubles point, winning on courts one and two … Richard Ciamarra and Matt Gamble scored the first victory, taking a 6-3 decision on court two against Alvarez and Mateas … On court one, Brendon Kempin and Tristan McCormick held off Stachowiak and freshman Sean Sculley, 6-4 … The Fighting Irish pushed their advantage to 2-0 with the first decision in singles with Gamble topping Dickerson, 6-0, 6-1, on court five … Notre Dame tacked on another point from court four to go up 3-0 as Ciamarra downed Sculley, 6-2, 6-2 … The comeback began on court six with Lapidus defeating Broadus 6-0, 2-6, 7-6 (6) … The three-set march continued on court three with Stachowiak holding off McCormick 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 … Court one had No. 53 Alvarez come back to defeat No. 28 Lebedev 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to even the match at 3-3 … Mateas provided the final point, topping No. 118 Cabrera 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (4) on court two.
Duke hosts No. 12 Michigan for a 3 p.m. match on Thursday … The contest will be the last the Blue Devils play before ACC action begins Sunday, March 4, at 1 p.m. against Virginia Tech.