Durham, N.C. Ė The No. 41 Duke men’s tennis team gave No. 1 Virginia all they could handle on Sunday but a tiebreaker win in doubles gave the Cavaliers the momentum needed for a 5-2 win at Ambler Tennis Stadium.
The Blue Devils jumped out to early leads in all three doubles contests. After losing the No. 3 doubles contest, Duke came back with a big win at the top spot as No. 50 David Goulet and Christopher Price pulled an upset over the top-ranked doubles tandem in the country, Somdev Devvarman and Treat Huey. It was the third victory over a ranked opponent this year for Goulet and Price who improve to 9-9 in dual matches, 4-4 in the ACC and 14-12 overall. It was just the third loss of the year for Devvarman and Huey as they are now 30-3 overall and 17-3 in dual match play.
The doubles point came down to the No. 2 position with Duke’s Reid Carleton and Kiril Dimitrov going head-to-head with Houston Barrick and Michael Shabaz of Virginia. The match would come down to a tiebreaker that would feature both duos battling back on a match point to extend the match. In the end it was Barrick and Shabaz winning 9-8 (12-10) to give the Cavaliers the first point of the match.
The singles contests were also close with Duke winning at the No. 4 and 5 spots. Dylan Arnould lost his first set to Michael Shabaz in the No. 4 match, 6-2, and was trailing 4-1 in the second set before storming back to win five straight games and force a third set. He trailed 4-3 in the final set but rallied again for a 6-4 win to take the victory. Arnould has won three straight matches to improve to 15-12 overall. He is 9-4 at the No. 4 spot in the order and 5-2 in ACC contests.
Alex Stone picked up his fourth ACC win with a 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 win over No. 102 Houston Barrick at the No. 5 position. It was the first victory over a ranked opponent this season for Stone. He is now 4-4 in league play and earned his ninth singles victory of the season.
UVA claimed the other four singles contests but they were all tightly contested. Goulet, ranked No. 50 in the country, lost 6-4, 6-4 to Devvarman, who is undefeated in dual matches and ranked No. 1 in the nation. No. 62 Carleton lost a tiebreaker to No. 31 Treat Huey in the first set and then lost 6-4 in the second set. Dimitrov claimed the first set against No. 125 Sanam Singh but could not close it out losing in three sets. Jared Pinsky fell 6-4, 6-1 against Ted Angelinos at No. 6 in the lineup.
The 5-2 final score equaled the closest ACC match of the season for the Cavaliers. They also defeated No. 10 North Carolina 5-2 on Friday but defeated their first seven league opponents either 7-0 or 6-1. Virginia stays undefeated with the win at 23-0 and is now 9-0 in the ACC. Duke drops to 7-11 overall and 4-4 in league play.
The Blue Devils return to the courts on Wednesday for a 3:30 p.m. contest with in-state rival North Carolina at Ambler Tennis Stadium.
Duke University Men's Tennis
University of Virginia vs Duke University (Apr 06, 2008)
#1 University of Virginia 5, #41 Duke University 2
Apr 06, 2008 at Durham, N.C.
Singles competition 1. #1 Somdev Devvarman (UVA) def. #50 David Goulet (DU) 6-4, 6-4 2. #31 Treat Huey (UVA) def. #62 Reid Carleton (DU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 3. #125 Sanam Singh (UVA) def. Kiril Dimitrov (DU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 4. Dylan Arnould (DU) def. Michael Shabaz (UVA) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 5. Alex Stone (DU) def. #102 Houston Barrick (UVA) 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 6. Ted Angelinos (UVA) def. Jared Pinsky (DU) 6-4, 6-1
|1. #50 David Goulet/Christopher Price (DU) def. #1 Somdev Devvarman/Treat Huey (UVA) 9-7|
|2. Houston Barrick/Michael Shabaz (UVA) def. Reid Carleton/Kiril Dimitrov (DU) 9-8 (12-10)|
|3. #45 Ted Angelinos/Lee Singer (UVA) def. Dylan Arnould/Alex Stone (DU) 8-5|
|University of Virginia 23-0, 9-0 ACC; National ranking #1|
|Duke University 7-11, 4-4 ACC; National ranking #41|
|Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,1,2,4,3,5)|