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Mengel, Cunha Travel to ITA National Indoors
Saturday 11/02/2011  -  Duke Sports Information
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Henrique Cunha and Chris Mengel
DURHAM, N.C. - The 2011 ITA National Indoor Championships will begin on Thursday, Nov. 3 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., with Duke's Henrique Cunha and Chris Mengel set to compete in singles and doubles competition.

Thursday's action begins with the first and second rounds of doubles play. Cunha and Mengel - ranked 15th in the ITA's preseason poll - will advance automatically to the second round following a first-round bye. The Duke pair is slated to face the winner of the first-round match between ninth-ranked  John Collins and Maros Horny of Maryland and Idaho's Marius Cirstea and Andrew Dobbs at 10:30 a.m.

Cunha and Mengel own a record of 6-3 this fall following a successful showing at the ITA Carolinas Regional last month. The Blue Devil tandem cruised through the doubles tournament with five wins, including a thrilling 9-8 (6) victory over North Carolina's Brennan Boyajian and Joey Burkhardt in the final.

Both Cunha and Mengel will also take part in the singles tournament at the ITA National Indoors, with action getting underway on Thursday afternoon.

Mengel, ranked No. 49 on the ITA's preseason list, earned a trip to New York as the singles champion at the ITA Carolinas Regional. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native posted six wins at the regional tournament, including four victories in straight sets. He defeated teammate Cunha in the singles final, 7-6 (8) after Cunha withdrew due to injury in the first set. Cunha also qualified for the ITA National Indoors as the fourth-ranked player in the nation.

Cunha - the No. 5 seed in the singles main draw - will face No. 70 Andreas Mies of Auburn on Thursday at 4 p.m. in a first-round match. Meanwhile, Mengel is set to meet second-seeded and top-ranked Alex Domijan of Virginia at 4:30 p.m.

"Henrique and Chris are both very excited to play," said head coach Ramsey Smith. "This is one of the hardest tournaments to get into, so having two players in singles and one doubles pair is good for our program. It's a great opportunity because the tournament features the very best players in the country."

Live scoring for all matches will be available on the ITA National Indoor Championships tournament website: http://www.itatennis.com/Events/USTA-ITA-Championships-Events/NationalIndoors.htm.

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