Durham, N.C. – For the seventh time this season, No. 42 Duke came up on the short end of the scoreboard in a 4-3 match as they fell to No. 11 North Carolina at Ambler Tennis Stadium on Wednesday.
The Blue Devils have had eight matches end in a 4-3 final this season but have only managed one win in those close contests. Unlike the first seven, today’s match did not come down to the final singles contest with the score tied 3-3. The Tar Heels won the doubles point and the first three singles matches to finish for a 4-0 lead and the win but Duke came through with victories at the No. 1, 2 and 6 singles positions.
Freshman Reid Carleton had a valiant comeback for a three-set victory at the No. 2 spot. After losing big in the first set, 6-1, he took the second set 6-3. The third set went to a tiebreaker and Carleton’s opponent, No. 73 Stefan Hardy had a quick 3-0 lead but a remarkable point by Carleton gave him momentum and he would eventually win 7-5 in the tiebreaker to win the final match of the day. He recorded his team-high 22nd win of the year and is now 6-3 in the ACC and 12-5 in dual matches.
Duke also got impressive showings from senior David Goulet and freshman Alain Michel. Goulet, ranked No. 50 in singles, played in the top spot in the order and won in straight sets over Benjamin Carlotti 7-6 (9-7), 6-4. Goulet improved to 16-8 overall, 12-7 in dual matches and 6-3 in league play. Michel appeared in just his fourth dual match of the season in singles and dominated his opponent, Will Plyler, for a 6-2, 6-2 victory at the No. 6 spot. Michel is now 7-7 overall and earned his first career ACC win.
Duke is now 7-12 overall this season and 4-5 in ACC competition. North Carolina improves to 17-4 on the year and 7-1 in league play.
With the win North Carolina earns a Carlyle Cup point. The Tar Heels currently lead the 2007-08 race by a 16-5 margin. The next two points up for grabs will be decided April 17-19 at the men’s and women’s ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Carlyle Cup is an annual all-sports competition between Duke and North Carolina. Last year the two teams ended up even at 13-13 in the Carlyle Cup standings. The Carlyle Cup is sponsored by Carlyle & Co., a Greensboro-based jeweler.
Duke will finish the regular season this weekend with home matches against Clemson on Friday at 3 p.m. and Georgia Tech on Sunday at 1 p.m. when seniors David Goulet and Alex Stone will be honored prior to the match.
Duke University Men's Tennis
North Carolina vs Duke University (Apr 09, 2008)
#11 North Carolina 4, #42 Duke University 3
Apr 09, 2008 at Durham, N.C.
|1. #50 David Goulet (DU) def. Benjamin Carlotti (UNC) 7-6 (9-7), 6-4|
|2. #62 Reid Carleton (DU) def. #73 Stefan Hardy (UNC) 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)|
|3. #83 Chris Kearney (UNC) def. Kiril Dimitrov (DU) 6-3, 6-4|
|4. Clay Donato (UNC) def. Dylan Arnould (DU) 6-2, 6-2|
|5. Taylor Fogleman (UNC) def. Alex Stone (DU) 6-2, 6-1|
|6. Alain Michel (DU) def. Will Plyler (UNC) 6-2, 6-2|
|1. #10 Taylor Fogleman/Chris Kearney (UNC) def. #50 David Goulet/Christopher Price (DU) 8-3|
|2. #42 Clay Donato/Stefan Hardy (UNC) def. Reid Carleton/Kiril Dimitrov (DU) 8-6|
|3. Dylan Arnould/Alex Stone (DU) def. Tristan Heinrich/David Stone (UNC) 6-5, retired|
|North Carolina 17-4, 7-1 ACC; National ranking #11|
|Duke University 7-12, 4-5 ACC; National ranking #42|
|Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,5,3,6,1,2)|