ROME, Ga. – The Duke men's tennis team had its run at the ACC Championship end in the quarterfinals with a 4-3 loss to four-seed Georgia Tech on Friday at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College. It is the fourth-straight win in the series for the Yellow Jackets, all by 4-3 final scores with a match on court two determining the overall winner.
The Blue Devils led 1-0 Friday by taking the doubles point, only to have Georgia Tech go up 2-1 with the first two singles decisions. Duke regained the lead at 3-2 with the next two victories, but the Yellow Jackets took the final two singles matches. Chris Yun evened the match at 3-3 before No. 89 Andrew Li recorded a 7-5, 6-4 victory against sophomore Catalin Mateas on court two. Li has provided the clinching win on court two in both of the Blue Devils' contests with the Yellow Jackets this year.
On Friday, Duke took a 1-0 lead by capturing the doubles point with wins on courts two and three. The Blue Devils got the first decision on court three, where senior TJ Pura and Mateas defeated Daniel Yun and Elijah Melendez 6-3. The Blue Devil pair turned a 2-2 set tie into a 4-2 lead to take control of the match and close out for the win. Pura and Mateas are now 8-4.
Duke (16-9) got its second win in the second position with sophomores Jason Lapidus and Ryan Dickerson downing Cole Fiegel and Michael Kay, 6-2. Lapidus and Dickerson raced from a 2-1 lead into the set to give the Blue Devils the early lead. Lapidus and Dickerson lift their overall record to 10-7.
Georgia Tech (17-6) quickly evened the match at 1-1 overall as Carlos Benito defeated freshman Robert Levine 6-2, 6-1 on court three. Levine drops his overall record to 18-17.
The Yellow Jackets took their first lead of the contest at 2-1 overall as No. 7 Christopher Eubanks topped No. 84 Spencer Furman 6-1, 6-4 on court one. Furman slips to 20-12 this season.
Duke forced a 2-2 tie on court five, where Pura won his 10th consecutive match, downing Daniel Yun 6-3, 6-3. Pura improves to 30-9 overall and 9-1 on court five.
The Blue Devils then regained the lead on court four, where freshman Nick Stachowiak topped Carlos Divar 6-4, 6-3. Stachowiak improves to 32-11. The 32 wins are tied with David Hall (1989-90) and Alex Bose (2000-01) for the sixth most by a Duke rookie.
The battle continued as Chris Yun knotted the match at 3-3 with a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Dickerson on court six. Dickerson's seven-match winning streak is halted and he falls to 22-7 overall.
For the fourth-straight match against Georgia Tech, the deciding point was settled on court two, where Li downed Mateas 7-5, 6-4. Mateas dips to 24-13 as his winning streak ends at seven matches.
The Blue Devils now await the NCAA Selection Show, which will be streamed on NCAA.com Tuesday at 5 p.m.
No. 20 Georgia Tech 4, No. 34 Duke 3
April 28, 2017 at Rome, Ga. (Rome Tennis Center at Berry College)
1. #7 Christopher Eubanks (GT) def. #84 Spencer Furman (DU) 6-1, 6-4
2. #89 Andrew Li (GT) def. #98 Catalin Mateas (DU) 7-5, 6-4
3. Carlos Benito (GT) def. Robert Levine (DU) 6-2, 6-1
4. Nick Stachowiak (DU) def. Carlos Divar (GT) 6-4, 6-3
5. TJ Pura (DU) def. Daniel Yun (GT) 6-3, 6-3
6. Chris Yun (GT) def. Ryan Dickerson (DU) 6-4, 6-4
1. #38 Christopher Eubanks/Carlos Benito (GT) vs. #29 Nick Stachowiak/Spencer Furman (DU) 4-4, unfinished
2. Jason Lapidus/Ryan Dickerson (DU) def. Cole Fiegel/Michael Kay (GT) 6-2
3. TJ Pura/Catalin Mateas (DU) def. Daniel Yun/Elijah Melendez (GT) 6-3
Duke 16-9; National ranking #34
Georgia Tech 17-6; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,1,5,4,6,2)
ACC Championship Quarterfinals