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Duke Falls to No. 1 Virginia, 4-3
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/04/2010
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Cunha Beat No. 3 Shabaz for His Third Top Five Win This Year
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DURHAM, N.C. - Duke hung right with top-ranked Virginia until the final singles match, but the Cavaliers were able to pull out the win, 4-3, this afternoon at Ambler Tennis Stadium. Although the 27th-ranked Blue Devils fell to the Cavaliers in the overall match, freshman Henrique Cunha earned his third win against a top-five opponent by beating No. 3 Michael Shabaz in singles play.

"I want to give a lot of credit to Virginia," head coach Ramsey Smith said. "They are a great team and they showed it there at the end. There were certain situations that we didn't handle as well as we could have. We competed well ... I was happy with how we competed. We put ourselves in a position to win; we just came out a little short there."

Starting with doubles play on court three, the 58th-ranked Virginia pair of Jarmere Jenkins and Lee Singer took an 8-0 match over No. 63 Alain Michel and Torsten Wietoska of Duke.

Cunha and Reid Carleton continued their stellar play, taking down the 11th-ranked Virginia team of Drew Courtney and Michael Shabaz, 8-6. The Blue Devils were up 7-3, but the Cavaliers were able to get within one point. Cunha ended the comeback by serving out the match, ending it with an ace.

The tandem of Cunha and Carleton now has 30 wins on the season, which ties the second-best mark in school history, set by Doug Root and current head coach Ramsey Smith during the 1999-2000 season.

In the final doubles match, Duke's Dylan Arnould and David Holland pulled out a 9-7 win over No. 21 Houston Barrick and Sanam Singh. The doubles win also gave Duke the crucial 1-0 team-score advantage heading into singles play.

In No. 3 singles, 39th-ranked Jenkins won a 6-1, 6-0 match over No. 87 Arnould. The win gave Virginia its first team point and tied the overall match at 1-1.

Cunha took a convincing 6-3, 6-3 match over third-ranked Shabaz on court three, which put Duke up 2-1 in the team score. Cunha is now 26-5 on the year with three wins this season against players ranked in the top five.

"I can't say enough about Henrique," Smith said. "He fought through a little bit of an injury last week and he is just getting better with every match. He is the rock on our team right now. It is fun to watch him play when he is like that. He just handles himself well, competes and just does everything right. He has picked up some big wins and I am real happy for him."

Virginia pulled even with the Blue Devils as No. 53 Barrick won a 6-4, 6-3 match against Holland in No. 5 singles.

Wietoska battled with No. 53 Courtney at No. 4 singles, but the Cavaliers took the match 7-6 (7-4), 6-2. The win gave Virginia a 3-2 lead in the overall match.

On court six, Luke Marchese won a gritty back-and-forth match with No. 77 Singer, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3). Marchese's win tied Duke with Virginia at 3-3 with only Carleton and Singh remaining on the courts.

With the final team point at stake, Carleton and No. 11 Singh fought every point, but Virginia was able to pull out an intense match, winning 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

"Singh played unbelievable tennis at the end," Smith said. "I have a lot of respect for him. It wasn't something that Reid gave away; [Singh] just won it."

Duke will return to action against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Wednesday at 3 p.m.


Virginia 4, Duke 3
Apr 04, 2010 at Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Stadium)

Singles competition
1. #11 Henrique Cunha (DU) def. #3 Michael Shabaz (UVA) 6-3, 6-3
2. #9 Sanam Singh (UVA) def. Reid Carleton (DU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
3. #39 Jarmere Jenkins (UVA) def. #87 Dylan Arnould (DU) 6-1, 6-0
4. #53 Drew Courtney (UVA) def. Torsten Wietoska (DU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
5. #95 Houston Barrick (UVA) def. David Holland (DU) 6-4, 6-3
6. Luke Marchese (DU) def. #77 Lee Singer (UVA) 7-5, 7-6 (7-3)

Doubles competition
1. #3 Reid Carleton/Henrique Cunha (DU) def. #11 Drew Courtney/Michael Shabaz (UVA) 8-6
2. #80 Dylan Arnould/David Holland (DU) def. #21 Houston Barrick/Sanam Singh (UVA) 9-7
3. #58 Jarmere Jenkins/Lee Singer (UVA) def. #63 Alain Michel/Torsten Wietoska (DU) 8-0

Match Notes
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,1,5,4,6,2)