CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Duke men’s tennis team played its fifth match against a top-10 opponent Sunday at No. 2 Virginia and was blanked 7-0 by the Cavaliers at Snyder Tennis Center. The Blue Devils have played seven road matches this year, six against foes ranked within the top 20.
Duke, which exited Friday’s match against Boston College with just six healthy members of the program, had senior TJ Pura and sophomore Catalin Mateas miss Sunday’s match due to injury. The two missing from the match meant two doubles matches and only four singles matches were played. The Blue Devils dropped the doubles point and trailed 3-0 before a serve went up in singles due to forfeits on courts five and six.
In doubles, sophomores Ryan Dickerson and Jason Lapidus suffered a 6-2 setback to Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Alexander Ritschard. With Virginia leading 2-1, the Cavaliers duo ripped off four of the next five games for the victory. Dickerson and Lapidus dip to 6-3 overall and 2-3 in ACC play.
With Virginia being credited with wins on courts five and six, the Cavaliers clinched the match on court four, where No. 104 J.C. Aragone defeated Lapidus, 6-1, 6-3. After a 1-1 tie in the opening set, Aragone took the final five games. The second set had Lapidus rebound from a 1-0 hole to claim a 2-1 advantage, but Aragone answered with five of the last six games for the match. Lapidus falls to 2-10 and 1-5 against league foes.
The Cavaliers added their fifth point on court two with Ritschard dropping Stachowiak 6-3, 6-1. The two were even at 2-2 in the opening set before a three-game run pushed Ritschard ahead 5-2. Stachowiak got a game back, but Ritschard completed the win. In the second set, Ritschard led 3-0 and closed out the match. Stachowiak slips to 27-8 and 3-3 versus ACC opponents.
Virginia made it a 6-0 lead on court three, where No. 64 Collin Altamirano topped Dickerson 6-4, 6-2. The two were tied at the first four points of the opening set before Altamirano took the last two. Dickerson trailed 2-0 in the second set and got a game back, but Altamirano responded with four of the last five games to complete the victory. Dickerson falls to 15-6 overall and 3-3 versus league opponents.
Court one had the final Cavalier point with No. 6 Kwiatkowski’s 6-1, 7-6 (7) win against No. 76 Furman. Kwiatkowski led 4-0 in the first set and closed out for the win. The second set had the two even at every point and headed to the tiebreaker. The two played to even at 6-6 in the tiebreaker when Furman edged ahead 7-6. From there, Kwiatkowski rallied with the final three points to close out the match. Furman is now 18-6 overall and 4-2 in the ACC.
Duke returns to action Friday with a 3 p.m. home match against Florida State.
No. 2 Virginia 7 Duke 0
March 26, 2017 at Charlottesville, Va. (Snyder Tennis Center)
1. #49 Luca Corinteli/Henrik Wiersholm (VA) vs. Spencer Furman/Nick Stachowiak (DU) 5-2, unfinished
2. Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Alexander Ritschard (VA) def. Ryan Dickerson/Jason Lapidus (DU) 6-2
3. J.C. Aragone/Collin Altamirano (VA) def. No player/No player (DU), by walkover
1. #6 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (VA) def. #76 Spencer Furman (DU) 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)
2. Alexander Ritschard (VA) def. #95 Nick Stachowiak (DU) 6-3, 6-1
3. #64 Collin Altamirano (VA) def. Ryan Dickerson (DU) 6-4, 6-2
4. #104 J.C. Aragone (VA) def. Jason Lapidus (DU) 6-1, 6-3
5. Henrik Wiersholm (VA) def. No player (DU), by walkover
6. Luca Corinteli (VA) def. No player (DU), by walkover
Duke 10-7, 3-3 ACC
Virginia 17-0, 4-0 ACC; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (4,2,3,1)