DURHAM, N.C. – For its next-to-last weekend of fall action, the Duke men’s tennis team travels to the Charlotte Invitational Friday through Sunday. The Blue Devils will send three into action this weekend with juniors Ryan Dickerson and Jason Lapidus and freshman Sean Sculley. Dickerson will participate only in singles while Lapidus and Sculley will pair for doubles.
“For those three this tournament, we have spent a lot of time talking through things as far as preparation and strategy are concerned,” associate head coach Jonathan Stokke said. “We want to compete smarter. We want to compete with a purpose, especially on certain types of points. I want to make sure they can implement that into a match.”
Dickerson enters the event with a 4-2 singles mark. Lapidus has gone 5-1 in singles action this fall and Sculley 4-3. Lapidus is 5-1 in doubles this fall and Sculley 5-2. In their last outings, at the ITA Carolina Regional, Dickerson and Lapidus advanced to the Round of 64 with Sculley moving to the Round of 32.
“Our number one focus this fall was improving our serves,” Stokke added. “That has gotten better. We are happy with that. Aces are up. Double faults are down. We are winning more games that we serve. We are good at breaking the other team. We are happy with all of that. I think the missing component we need to improve on is continuing to compete smarter. The effort and desire to be good is as high as it can be. We just need to be more efficient. We’ll look for that efficiency as we close out the fall.”
As a whole for the Blue Devils at the ITA Carolina Regional, redshirt junior Nicolas Alvarez advanced to the singles quarterfinals while sophomore Nick Stachowiak and Sculley paired in doubles and moved to the semifinals. At the tournament, the Blue Devils went 7-0 in the opening round of singles action and 3-0 in the first round of doubles play.
Duke plays in its final fall events next weekend with the ITA Fall Championships in Indian Wells, Calif., and the Wake Forest Fall Invite in Winston-Salem, N.C.