DURHAM, N.C. - The return to Ambler Tennis Stadium was a success for the No. 13 Duke men’s tennis team as the Blue Devils swept a Saturday doubleheader, defeating Coastal Carolina 4-0 and Furman 4-0. Duke improves to 9-4 on the season with the pair of wins and has a 5-1 home mark.
Sophomore Robert Levine was a quadruple winner, earning victories in singles and doubles during both matches. Sophomore Nick Stachowiak picked up singles and doubles wins against Furman. Freshman Sean Sculley clinched the contest against the Chanticleers with junior Ryan Dickerson tallying the fourth point versus Furman.
“Today was definitely a positive,” head coach Ramsey Smith said. “It was tougher than the scores suggest. We were a little limited with our players, but I thought the guys we put out there did a really good job. I thought we played better the second match. I think it was very positive for a couple of our guys, especially those lower in the lineup. They were able to get some extra matches in and build confidence. That’s going to help moving forward.”
In the opening match against Coastal Carolina, Duke captured the doubles point with wins on courts two and three. At No. 2, juniors Jason Lapidus and Dickerson topped Luiz Faria and Gonzalez Achondo, 6-1. Soon after, Levine and junior Catalin Mateas defeated Zak Talic and Francesco Cori-Gamero, 6-2 on court three.
With the 1-0 lead heading to singles, the Blue Devils captured the first three decisions to win 4-0. On court two, Stachowiak downed Talic, 6-2, 6-2, to make it a 2-0 Blue Devil advantage. Stachowiak won the first five games of the match and held a 5-1 lead in the second set.
Minutes later, Levine pushed the Duke advantage to 3-0 with his 6-1, 2-6, 6-0 victory against Paul Boulay on court five. Levine breezed through the first set and the second was even at 1-1 and 2-2 before Boulay ran off the final four games. Levine answered with the final six games for the win.
The clinching point came from court three, where Sculley defeated Achondo, 6-4, 6-4. With the first set even at 2-2, Sculley broke and held to open up the margin needed. The second set was tied at 1-1, 2-2, 3-3 and 4-4 before Sculley used a break and hold to win the match.
Against Furman, Duke also took the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. The Blue Devils got out to 4-0 leads on both courts. On court three, Levine and Mateas paired again, winning 6-1 against Trevor Croyder and Clarke Wilson. Court one had Stachowiak and Sculley finish off Cameron Green and Jake Munns, 6-3. Green and Munns got the deficit down to 4-3, but Duke held and broke to capture the match.
In singles, Levine picked up his fourth win of the day, downing Jake Bhangdia, 6-1, 6-1 on court five. Levine led 3-0 in both sets, dropped a game and then won the last three. Levine improves to 7-6 overall and 4-5 in dual matches.
“Robert has dealt with a lot of injuries and hasn’t had nearly as many matches as we would like him to have,” Smith added. “Today was really big for him. He certainly got better from match to match. His second doubles was much better than his first doubles. His second singles was much better than his first singles. I think he can build a lot from that. His last match in singles was excellent and at a very high level.”
“It was good to be outdoors again,” Levine said. “It was good being back in doubles with Catalin. We have played well together. In singles, I was able to relax and carry over that momentum and confidence.”
Duke pushed its advantage to 3-0 against the Paladins with Stachowiak downing Munns, 6-3, 6-1 on court two. Stachowiak took a 4-1 lead in the opening set and Munns never got closer than two games the rest of the way. The second set was even at 1-1 before Stachowiak took the final five of the match. He improves to 19-5 overall and 8-2 in dual action. Stachowiak also surpassed the 50-win plateau in his singles career, earning wins No. 50 and 51 on Saturday.
The Blue Devils finished the match on court four, where Dickerson downed Drew Singerman 6-2, 6-2. Dickerson led 3-0 and 5-1 in the opening set and took a 4-1 advantage in the second. Dickerson bumps his overall record to 13-8 and dual mark to 6-5.
The Blue Devils are back in action Thursday for a 3 p.m. home match against No. 12 Michigan. The contest will be the last before ACC action begins Sunday, March 4, with a home match at 1 p.m. against Virginia Tech.
#13 Duke 4, Coastal Carolina 0
February 24, 2018 at Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Stadium)
1. Nick Stachowiak/Sean Sculley (DU) vs. Lawrence Perrin/Paul Boulay (COASTAL) 5-2, unfinished
2. Ryan Dickerson/Jason Lapidus (DU) def. Luiz Faria/Gonzalez Achondo (COASTAL) 6-1
3. Catalin Mateas/Robert Levine (DU) def. Zak Talic/Francesco Cori-Gamero (COASTAL) 6-2
1. #92 Catalin Mateas (DU) vs. Luiz Faria (COASTAL) 7-5, 5-4, unfinished
2. Nick Stachowiak (DU) def. Zak Talic (COASTAL) 6-2, 6-2
3. Sean Sculley (DU) def. Gonzalez Achondo (COASTAL) 6-4, 6-4
4. Ryan Dickerson (DU) vs. Lawrence Perrin (COASTAL) 7-5, 5-1, unfinished
5. Robert Levine (DU) def. Paul Boulay (COASTAL) 6-1, 2-6, 6-0
6. Jason Lapidus (DU) vs. Juan Castellanos (COASTAL) 3-6, 7-5, unfinished
Coastal Carolina 3-4
Duke 8-4; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,5,3)
Official: Alvin Klassen T-2:08 A-220
#13 Duke 4, Furman 0
February 24, 2018 at Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Stadium)
1. Nick Stachowiak/Sean Sculley (DU) def. Cameron Green/Jake Munns (FUR) 6-3
2. Ryan Dickerson/Jason Lapidus (DU) vs. Ivan Mitric/Drew Singerman (FUR) 5-3, unfinished
3. Catalin Mateas/Robert Levine (DU) def. Trevor Croyder/Clarke Wilson (FUR) 6-1
1. #92 Catalin Mateas (DU) vs. #110 Cameron Green (FUR) 7-5, 1-6, unfinished
2. Nick Stachowiak (DU) def. Jake Munns (FUR) 6-3, 6-1
3. Sean Sculley (DU) vs. Ivan Mitric (FUR) 6-0, 3-6, 1-0, unfinished
4. Ryan Dickerson (DU) def. Drew Singerman (FUR) 6-2, 6-2
5. Robert Levine (DU) def. Jake Bhangdia (FUR) 6-1, 6-1
6. Jason Lapidus (DU) vs. Alex Steryous (FUR) 7-6 (7-0), 5-2, unfinished
Duke 9-4; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,2,4)
Official: Lynda Hinshaw T-1:58 A-282