Durham, N.C. – The 10th-ranked Duke men’s tennis team ran into one of the hottest teams in the country on Sunday as they dropped a 6-1 decision to No. 5 Texas at Ambler Tennis Stadium.
Duke was without one of its top players as junior Kiril Dimitrov missed the match due to an illness. Dimitrov had split time at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the lineup this season and also competed at the No. 2 doubles spot. Without Dimitrov the Blue Devils were forced to shuffle around the lineup, moving players up one spot to fill the void.
Freshman Reid Carleton took Dimitrov’s place at No. 2 and came away with a big victory. Carleton, ranked No. 85 in the ITA singles rankings, went up against Texas’ 18th-ranked Kellen Damico. The two freshmen had a tightly contested match with Damico taking the first set 6-3. The second set came down to a tiebreaker. Damico led 3-0 before Carleton scored five straight points to take a 5-3 lead. Damico answered with three consecutive points to bring the score to match point at 6-5. However, Carleton staged off defeat, scoring three straight points to win the tiebreaker 7-6 (8-6).
With the Longhorns already having clinched the team victory a super tiebreaker would be played to decide the match. Carleton carried the momentum from his second-set comeback into the super tiebreaker and easily claimed a 10-4 win for his second career victory over a ranked opponent. He now leads the team with a 15-5 singles record on the season and is 5-1 in dual match play.
Duke’s other victory on the day came at the No. 1doubles spot. David Goulet and Christopher Price faced off against Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico. The match went to a tiebreaker with the score tied 7-7 and it was Goulet and Price coming out strong with four straight points to lead 4-0. The Texas duo would come back with four of the next five points to cut it to 5-4 but the Blue Devils’ pair would take the next two points to finish off the 8-7 (7-4) win. Goulet and Price are now 4-2 at the top spot in the dual season and 9-5 overall.
With the loss the Blue Devils fall to 2-4 on the year while the Longhorns improve to 11-2.
Duke will now begin a stretch of 10 straight matches on the road, beginning on Wednesday when they travel to Richmond, Va. to take on No. 21 Virginia Commonwealth at 2 p.m.
Duke University Men's Tennis
University of Texas vs Duke University (Mar 02, 2008)
#5 University of Texas 6, #10 Duke University 1
Mar 02, 2008 at Durham, N.C.
|1. #54 Dimitar Kutrovsky (TEX) def. #33 David Goulet (DU) 6-4, 7-5|
|2. #85 Reid Carleton (DU) def. #18 Kellen Damico (TEX) 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 1-0 (10-4)|
|3. #24 Ed Corrie (TEX) def. Dylan Arnould (DU) 6-2, 6-0|
|4. #88 Luis Diaz Barriga (TEX) def. Jared Pinsky (DU) 7-5, 6-1|
|5. Milan Mihailovic (TEX) def. Alex Stone (DU) 6-3, 6-1|
|6. Josh Zavala (TEX) def. Aaron Carpenter (DU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2|
|1. David Goulet/Christopher Price (DU) def. Ed Corrie/Kellen Damico (TEX) 8-7 (7-4)|
|2. Miguel Reyes Varela/Luis Diaz Barriga (TEX) def. Dylan Arnould/Alex Stone (DU) 8-3|
|3. Dimitar Kutrovsky/Josh Zavala (TEX) def. Reid Carleton/Alain Michel (DU) 8-4|
|University of Texas 11-2; National ranking #5|
|Duke University 2-4; National ranking #10|
|Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,5,4,1,2,6)|
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