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Men's Tennis Gameday Central: Duke vs NC State
Saturday 04/21/2013  -  Duke Sports Information
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LAST TIME OUT: The Blue Devils are coming off a 7-0 sweep over Boston College Friday, April 19. Junior Fred Saba helped Duke clinch the doubles point and the team victory over the Eagles. In doubles, Saba  and fellow junior Chris Mengel defeated Billy Grokenberger and Klaus Puestow, 8-2, while Saba sealed the team win with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Philip Nelson at No. 1 singles.

The squad’s lone senior, Henrique Cunha will be honored immediately following the doubles point of today’s match against the Wolfpack. Cunha will leave Duke as the most dominant player in the program’s 108 year history, as he owns all of the major records.

With a win Friday against Boston College, the Blue Devils secured their fourth consecutive 20-win season and the fourth in five seasons since Ramsey Smith was named head coach. Duke now boasts 23 seasons with at least 20 victories and the four consecutive seasons ties the second longest streak in program history. The program secured 10 straight seasons with 20+ wins from  1992-2001.

Senior Henrique Cunha will leave Duke as the most decorated player in Duke men’s tennis history. He has played a part in 88 team victories, three ACC Tournament finals appearances, two second round appearances in the NCAA Tournament and last season’s Elite Eight appearance, the program’s first since the 1999-2000 season.

Sunday’s match will mark the 100th all-time meeting between the Blue Devils and N.C. State, with Duke owning the lead in the series, 97-2. In his five seasons as head coach, Ramsey Smith is an undefeated 6-0 against the Wolfpack. The two squads last met in the quarterfinals of the 2012 ACC Tournament with Duke winning the match, 4-0.

N.C. State comes into the final weekend of the regular season with a 13-8 overall record for the season and a 6-3 mark in conference play to rank fourth in the conference. Sean Weber and Dave Thompson lead the Wolfpack in the doubles rankings, as the tandem is listed No. 12 in the most recent ITA poll.

Duke will begin play as the No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament Friday, April 26th in Cary, N.C.
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