DURHAM, N.C. – A very successful USTA/ITA Carolina Regional run ended Monday for the Duke men’s tennis team with a pair of semifinal losses. Junior Nicolas Alvarez fell in the singles semifinals and Alvarez and freshman Nick Stachowiak went 1-1 in doubles, falling in the semifinals. Sophomores Jason Lapidus and Vincent Lin also went 1-1 and dropped a semifinals decision.
Alvarez, the No. 3 seed in the draw and ranked No. 14 in the preseason Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, faced Wake Forest’s Skander Mansouri, the No. 1 seed in the draw and No. 7 in the preseason Oracle/ITA ledger. The two battled through the first set before Mansouri put it away in the tiebreaker and went on to claim a 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory.
In doubles, Lapidus and Lin won their quarterfinals match with a grueling 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 1-0 (5) triumph versus East Carolina’s Kasey Countee and Freddie McGeehan. In the semifinals, the Duke duo faced North Carolina’s Robert Kelly and Josh Peck, the No. 4 seed in the draw, and bowed out 7-5, 6-2.
Alvarez and Stachowiak faced Elon’s Salvador Mijares and Neal Port in the quarterfinal match and came away with a 7-5, 6-0 triumph. They moved on to the semifinals against Wake Forest’s top-seeded pair of Mansouri and Christian Seraphim and played it tight throughout but fell 6-4, 7-6 (2).
The Blue Devils return to action Friday with the start of the Wolfpack Invite in Raleigh, N.C.