GREENSBORO, N.C. – After a 2-0 singles performance that helped Duke to a pair of wins Saturday, Blue Devil men’s tennis sophomore Nick Stachowiak was named the ACC Co-Player of the Week. It is the first league weekly honor for Duke this season and the second of Stachowiak’s career.
On Saturday, Stachowiak won both singles matches in straight sets on court two, helping Duke capture 4-0 victories against both Coastal Carolina and Furman. With his two triumphs, the Cary, N.C., native also surpassed the 50-win plateau in his singles career, earning wins No. 50 and 51 on Saturday.
Against Coastal Carolina, Stachowiak pushed Duke’s lead to 2-0 overall with his 6-2, 6-2 victory against Zak Talic. Stachowiak won the first five games of the match and held a 5-1 lead in the second set.
In the second match of the day, versus Furman, Stachowiak downed Jake Munns, 6-3, 6-1, to give the Blue Devils a 3-0 overall lead. Stachowiak took a 4-1 lead in the opening set and Munns never got closer than two games the rest of the way. The second set was even at 1-1 before Stachowiak took the final five of the match.
In doubles, Stachowiak teamed with freshman Sean Sculley and won the pair’s only decision, topping Furman’s Munns and Cameron Green, 6-3 on court one.
Overall this season, Stachowiak leads the Blue Devils with a 19-5 singles mark and is 8-2 in dual match competition. He has won his last three decisions and is 7-1 in his last eight. A year ago, Stachowiak was tabbed the team’s Charles Hamilton Hargrave Most Valuable Player after playing to a 32-12 singles ledger and 27-8 dual record.
Stachowiak’s performance Saturday helped improve Duke to 9-4 this season and give the program a No. 10 ranking in this week’s Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll. It is the Blue Devils’ highest ranking since standing No. 10 in the final 2015 poll. He shares the ACC Player of the Week accolade with Lucas Poullain of Florida State while Georgia Tech’s Carlos Divar and Michael Kayhave are the ACC Doubles Team of the Week.
Thursday, the Blue Devils are back in action and make their final preparations for the ACC season with a top-10 matchup against No. 8 Michigan. The Blue Devils are off to a 5-1 start at home while the Wolverines (8-2) are 4-1 away from home. It will be the first top-10 showdown in Durham since No. 7 Duke met No. 9 Kentucky on January 19, 2014.