ROME, Ga. – Sophomore Ryan Dickerson clinched his team-leading fifth match of the season and senior TJ Pura won his ninth straight match to lead the No. 34 Duke men's tennis team back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Miami 4-1 in the second round of the ACC Championship at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College. With the clincher, Dickerson extends his winning streak to seven consecutive matches and remains perfect on court six this year with a 10-0 ledger.
“First rounds of tournaments can be tough and this match certainly falls into that category,” head coach Ramsey Smith said. “I thought Miami played really well, especially at the beginning. They knocked us back on our heels a bit. But I give credit to our guys for battling back and finishing extremely strong. We handled adversity well and showed a lot of heart again out there. I love the toughness and fight from this group. I think being pushed in the first round is really going to help us for tomorrow. I know our guys are very excited to have a shot at Georgia Tech.”
The victory pushed Duke's winning streak to five matches and advanced the program to the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship. Of the four singles wins by the Blue Devils (16-8), three were from players making their league tournament debut. Pura improved his ACC Championship singles record to 4-1 while Dickerson and freshmen Nick Stachowiak and Spencer Furman won their first league event contests.
Against Miami (9-13), the Blue Devils fell behind 1-0 as the Hurricanes took the doubles point on courts two and three.
Duke recorded the first doubles decision as Stachowiak and Furman raced past Max Andrews and Jesse Flores 6-1 on court one. Stachowiak and Furman, ranked No. 29 this week, jumped ahead 4-0 and held on against the No. 55 Miami duo. Stachowiak and Furman improve to 19-3 this season.
The Hurricanes fought back with 6-3 wins on courts two and three to take the point. Both courts had Miami leading 3-2 before finishing off the Blue Devil pairs. On court two it was Piotr Lomacki and Nile Clark over sophomores Jason Lapidus and Dickerson. The third position had Dane Dunlap and Christian Langmo downing sophomore Catalin Mateas and Pura. Lapidus and Dickerson slip to 9-7 while Mateas and Pura fall to 7-4.
Duke trailed early on nearly every singles court before responding with four wins to capture the match.
Furman netted the first Blue Devil point as Lomacki retired due to injury on court one. Furman, ranked No. 84, came back from a 5-1 deficit in the first set to down No. 64 Lomacki 7-5. Lomacki retired following the completion of the opening set. Furman becomes Duke's fifth member of the 20-win club with a 20-11 record.
Pura kept his roll going, breezing past Clark 6-2, 6-2 on court five to give Duke its first lead of the match at 2-1. Pura led 3-1 and 4-1 in the opening set before finishing it off. The second set had Pura hop ahead 3-0 and 4-1 en route to his 12th consecutive victory against an ACC opponent. Pura lifts his overall record to 29-9.
Stachowiak got Duke to within a point of clinching at 3-1 as he held off Flores 6-2, 7-5 on court four. Stachowiak jumped ahead 4-0 in the initial set and led 4-0 in the second before Flores knotted the set at 4-4. With a 5-5 tie, Stachowiak took the final two games for the match. He bumps his record to 31-11. The 31 wins are tied for the eighth most in a year in program history.
Dickerson finished the match on court six with a comeback 0-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory versus Dunlap. Dickerson improves to 22-6 and is now 3-0 in his career against Miami in singles play.
The fifth-seeded Blue Devils will take on the No. 4 seed Georgia Tech on Friday at 1 p.m.
No. 34 Duke 4, Miami 1
April 27, 2017 at Rome, Ga. (Rome Tennis Center at Berry College)
1. #29 Nick Stachowiak/Spencer Furman (DU) def. #55 Max Andrews/Jesse Flores (UM) 6-1
2. Piotr Lomacki/Nile Clark (UM) def. Ryan Dickerson/Jason Lapidus (DU) 6-3
3. Dane Dunlap/Christian Langmo (UM) def. Catalin Mateas/TJ Pura (DU) 6-3
1. #84 Spencer Furman (DU) def. #64 Piotr Lomacki (UM) 7-5, retired
2. #96 Catalin Mateas (DU) vs. Christian Langmo (UM) 7-5, 2-6, 2-2, unfinished
3. Robert Levine (DU) vs. Max Andrews (UM) 6-7, 4-4, unfinished
4. Nick Stachowiak (DU) def. Jesse Flores (UM) 6-2, 7-5
5. TJ Pura (DU) def. Nile Clark (UM) 6-2, 6-2
6. Ryan Dickerson (DU) def. Dane Dunlap (UM) 0-6, 6-1, 6-1
Duke 16-8; National ranking #34
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,5,4,6)
ACC Championship Second Round