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Torsten Wietoska, Luke Marchese and David Holland
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Torsten Wietoska, Luke Marchese and David Holland
Blue Devils Set for Showdown with North Carolina
Friday 04/10/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. - The fifth-ranked Duke men's tennis team will close out the home portion of its regular season slate on Wednesday, Apr. 11 in an important Atlantic Coast Conference matchup with No. 18 North Carolina. The rivals are set to square off at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Ambler Tennis Stadium. The Blue Devils' three seniors - David Holland, Luke Marchese and Torsten Wietoska - will be honored prior to the start of the match.

The three seniors have led Duke to an overall record of 76-31 over the past four seasons while also helping the team advance to the finals of the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament round of 16 in back-to-back seasons. Holland, Marchese and Wietoska have combined for 155 career singles wins and 134 doubles victories.

Holland currently ranks tied for fourth in program history with 36 ACC doubles matches played in his career and is tied for 10th with 22 ACC doubles victories. He has won 15 or more doubles matches all four years. Marchese shares the program record for most ACC singles wins in a season after posting 10 during his sophomore campaign. The Summit, N.J., native is also tied for third with 28 career ACC singles victories on Duke's all-time charts. A consistent contributor in both singles and doubles, Wietoska has won a career-high 22 singles matches this season and has 61 in his career to go with 53 doubles victories.

Duke enters the final season of regular season play with an overall ledger of 18-3 and a 7-1 mark in conference play. Junior Henrique Cunha, ranked fourth in the nation, leads the team with an overall ledger of 31-6 in singles action and a 17-2 record at the top spot in the lineup. Sophomore Chris Mengel, listed at No. 26 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's most recent rankings, owns a mark of 14-4 this season at the No. 2 spot. Cunha and Mengel are also the 28th-ranked doubles tandem in the nation.  

With just three ACC matches remaining on the squad's schedule, Wednesday's match against the Tar Heels figures to be prominent in the final conference standings and ACC Tournament seeding. Virginia sits atop the ACC standings with a record of 9-0 in league play, while the Blue Devils and North Carolina (11-5, 8-1 ACC) have each surrendered just one ACC loss. Florida State fell to 7-2 in ACC action after dropping matches to North Carolina and Duke last weekend.

Wednesday marks the 120th meeting between Duke and North Carolina, with the Tar Heels leading the all-time series between the two rivals by an 82-37 margin. North Carolina took last season's regular season meeting by a narrow 4-3 margin in Chapel Hill, but the Blue Devils claimed revenge in a 4-0 victory in the semifinals of the 2011 ACC Tournament less than two weeks later.

The Tar Heels are ranked 18th as a team in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll and own an overall record of 11-5 with an 8-1 mark in ACC play. The squad's lone loss in conference action was a 6-1 setback to Virginia in Chapel Hill on March 25. North Carolina's lineup features two players ranked nationally in singles - No. 33 Jose Hernandez, and No. 103 Brennan Boyajian. Hernandez and Joey Burkhardt comprise the 30th-ranked doubles tandem in the nation, while Boyajian and Oystein Steiro are listed at No. 37.

"I really enjoy playing North Carolina in the last week of the regular season," said head coach Ramsey Smith. "There is always an extra excitement in the air, and we have had some great matches with them in the past. However we are treating this the same way we treat every ACC match, and it is an opportunity for us to establish our seeding for the ACC Tournament."

Holland, Marchese and Wietoska will be honored prior to the 3 p.m. start time on Wednesday at Ambler Tennis Stadium. Admission is free of charge and free burgers and hot dogs, as well as promotional giveaways, will be available for fans. Wednesday's coverage also includes live video, live results and a live blog.

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