DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s tennis team pushed its home record to 9-1 and improved to 10-6 overall with a 7-0 blanking of Boston College on Friday at Ambler Tennis Stadium. Freshman Nick Stachowiak clinched his first career match and classmate Spencer Furman won his first career match on court No. 1 to lead the Blue Devils.
Stachowiak and Furman paired in doubles and won the deciding match to give Duke an early 1-0 lead. The Blue Devils have captured consecutive matches and improve to 3-2 in the ACC.
“We were ready this week knowing it was going to be tough,” head coach Ramsey Smith said. “We have a pretty small lineup right now so the number one thing is keeping everyone healthy and fresh. We've been doing more fine tuning things in practice and working on recovery. The goal is to take everything one match at a time and finish strong.”
Duke fought through doubles with two tight decisions determining the outcome. Sophomores Ryan Dickerson and Jason Lapidus were first off, winning 6-2 versus Conor Mullins and Sean Mullins on court two. The set was tied at 1-1 before Dickerson and Lapidus went on a three-game run to take a 4-1 advantage. Boston College got a game back for a 4-2 deficit, but Duke won the final two games. Dickerson and Lapidus up their record to 6-2 overall and 2-2 in ACC play.
“Today was another good day for us,” Lapidus said. “We have great chemistry and we play pretty aggressively. We're both serving well as a team. We just need to get hot on one or two return games. Ryan and I are intense from the start and it's not like we have to work that into the match later, which I think is a really good quality for us. Our personalities match really well so it's easy to get going from the get go.”
Furman and Stachowiak finished the doubles point for Duke with a 7-6 (2) victory against Derek Austin and Hank Workman on court one. The set was tied at all six points and headed to the tiebreaker, where Boston College took the first point but Duke won seven of the next eight for the win. The Blue Devil duo improves to 14-1 overall and 2-1 versus league opponents.
"We've been working really hard on doubles," Smith noted. "Coach [Jonathan] Stokke is kind of the ringleader in doubles preparation. This year, we've played great doubles and we've continued to get better. Even with a limited lineup, we've still played really well. Winning the doubles point sets the tone for the rest of the match."
While being last on the court in doubles, Pura was first off in singles, giving Duke a 2-0 lead with a 6-0, 6-0 victory against Mukai on court four. Pura has won his fifth consecutive ACC match and is 5-0 in league action and 22-9 overall.
The Blue Devils made it a 3-0 lead from court one, where Furman defeated Austin 6-2, 6-2. Furman, playing his first career match on the top court, turned a 1-1 tie in the first set into a 5-1 advantage to take control and win. The second set had Furman jump out to 2-0 and 4-1 leads before closing out the match. Furman is now 18-5 overall and 4-1 in the ACC.
“We kind of rewarded Spencer today by letting him play at No. 1,” Smith said. “He played excellent today. He hit the ball a lot better than he did on Wednesday and played with a lot of confidence.”
Clinching his first career match was Stachowiak, who topped Sean Mullins 6-3, 6-3 on court three. Mullins led 2-0 in the opening set, but Stachowiak answered with four-straight wins to go up 4-2. Mullins got a game back for a 4-3 deficit, only to have Stachowiak take the last two. The second set was even at 1-1 and 2-2 before Stachowiak ripped off four of the final five games to take the match. Stachowiak improves to 27-7 and 3-2 versus league opponents.
Adding Duke’s fifth point was Lapidus on court six with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph against Jeffrey Melvin. The victory was Lapidus’ first career against an ACC foe. Lapidus jumped out to a 3-0 advantage in the opening set before Melvin rallied to even it at 3-3. The two exchanged games and were knotted at 4-4 before Lapidus held and broke to end the set. The second set had Melvin up 2-0 before Lapidus answered with five straight games for a 5-2 advantage. Melvin got a game back on his serve, but Lapidus held to end the match. Lapidus lifts his record to 2-9 and 1-4 against league foes.
“I've been playing really good tennis for a few matches in a row so it was nice to finally break through,” Lapidus said. “I've been working hard in practice. Most of the fall, I was playing doubles so it was something new for me to come in and play singles points. It's been a really good experience and I think I'm improving a lot. It was good to see the hard work pay off today.”
“It was nice to see Jason get a win,” Smith added. “That was his first ACC match win. On Wednesday, I didn't think he competed that well in the second set and that was a focus for him today. I thought he did a really good job from start to finish.”
Mateas made it a 6-0 lead on court two with a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Workman. The opening set had Mateas flip a 1-1 tie into a 3-1 advantage. Workman got a game back for a 3-2 deficit, but Mateas took the final three of the set. The second set was even at each of the first four points before Mateas ended the match with a break and hold. Mateas is now 18-12 overall and 2-3 in ACC action.
Finishing the match and securing the final point was Dickerson on court five, where he came back to defeat Alexander Chieffalo 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (6). Chieffalo jumped out to 2-0 and 5-1 leads in the first set before finishing it. Dickerson answered in the second set, jumping ahead 2-0 and 3-1. Chieffalo got a game back for a 3-2 deficit, but Dickerson won the last three games. With the overall match already determined, the two played a best-of-10 tiebreaker of a third set. Dickerson trailed 1-0and 2-1 before ripping off three-straight points to go up 4-2. Chieffalo got a point back to trail 4-3, but Dickerson answered with three consecutive points for a 7-3 advantage to seize control. The two split the final six points with Dickerson capturing the win. He improves to 15-5 overall and 3-2 versus league opponents.
Duke finishes the weekend Sunday at No. 2 Virginia for a 1 p.m. match.
Duke 7, Boston College 0
March 24, 2017 at Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Stadium)
1. Spencer Furman/Nick Stachowiak (DU) def. Derek Austin/Hank Workman (BC) 7-6 (7-2)
2. Ryan Dickerson/Jason Lapidus (DU) def. Conor Mullins/Sean Mullins (BC) 6-2
3. Catalin Mateas/TJ Pura (DU) vs. Kent Mukai/Aidan McNulty (BC) 5-5, unfinished
1. #76 Spencer Furman (DU) def. Derek Austin (BC) 6-2, 6-2
2. #95 Catalin Mateas (DU) def. Hank Workman (BC) 6-4, 6-4
3. Nick Stachowiak (DU) def. Sean Mullins (BC) 6-3, 6-3
4. TJ Pura (DU) def. Kent Mukai (BC) 6-0, 6-0
5. Ryan Dickerson (DU) def. Alexander Chieffalo (BC) 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-6)
6. Jason Lapidus (DU) def. Jeffrey Melvin (BC) 6-4, 6-3
Boston College 3-8, 0-3 ACC
Duke 10-6, 3-2 ACC
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,1,3,6,2,5)
Official: Matthew Dolge T-2:23 A-121