RICHMOND, Va. - After a pair of losses had dropped the Duke men's tennis team to 2-2 on the season, they have since won three straight after going on the road for a 6-1 victory over No. 47 Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday in Richmond, Va.
"Since we took those tough losses back to back against Alabama and Illinois, our guys have shown a lot of resilience," said assistant coach Josh Goffi. "They have been practicing hard and have been locked in every single day. The results today was evidence of that."
Duke, ranked No. 21 in the latest ITA Tennis rankings, came away with victories in all three doubles contests and five of the six singles to improve to 5-2 overall this year.
The Blue Devils' three doubles teams were victorious with Alain Michel and Torsten Wietoska winning handily at the No. 3 spot, 8-4 to get them started. The No. 4 doubles team in the country, Reid Carleton and Henrique Cunha, clinched the doubles point with their 23rd win of the year, an 8-5 victory at No. 1. Dylan Arnould and David Holland completed the sweep with an 8-6 win at No. 2.
Three Duke players earned straight-set wins in singles. Wietoska earned a 6-0, 6-4 victory at No. 4 followed by No. 9 Cunha's 6-4, 7-6 (4) win at the top spot, giving the Blue Devils a 3-0 lead in the match. Wietoska is now 9-6 overall and Cunha improved to 18-5. Jared Pinsky also won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, for his 10th win of the year.
Carleton, who entered back into the singles rankings at No. 102 this week, picked up his third victory over a ranked opponent, coming back for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 108 Krisztian Krocsko to clinch the victory for Duke. Carleton remains undefeated in dual match play with a 5-0 record and is 11-5 overall. Holland earned the final victory of the day on a super tiebreaker 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7) to go to 3-0 in dual matches.
"We have put ourselves in the best possible position heading into the Texas match," said Goffi. "We are all looking forward to see where we stand with a top five team. It will be a great test for us moving forward."
No. 4 Texas will come to Durham on Friday, March 5 to take on the Blue Devils. The match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at Ambler Tennis Stadium.
Virginia Commonwealth vs Duke
Feb. 21, 2010 at Richmond, Va.
#21 Duke 6, #47 Virginia Commonwealth 1
1. #4 Reid Carleton/Henrique Cunha (DU) def. Thibaut Charron/Tim Johannsen (VCU) 8-5
2. Dylan Arnould/David Holland (DU) def. Oscar Perman/Camill Saloman (VCU) 8-6
3. Alain Michel/Torsten Wietoska (DU) def. Krisztian Krocsko/Max Wennakoski (VCU) 8-4
1. #9 Henrique Cunha (DU) def. Thibaut Charron (VCU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
2. #102 Reid Carleton (DU) def. #108 Krisztian Krocsko (VCU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
3. Tim Johannsen (VCU) def. #58 Dylan Arnould (DU) 6-3, 7-5
4. Torsten Wietoska (DU) def. Filip Svensson (VCU) 6-0, 6-4
5. Jared Pinsky (DU) def. Max Wennakoski (VCU) 6-4, 6-2
6. David Holland (DU) def. Camill Saloman (VCU) 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7)
Virginia Commonwealth 6-4; National ranking #47
Duke 5-2; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,1,3,2,5,6)