LAKE NONA, Fla. – The No. 17 Duke men’s tennis team suffered a 4-0 setback to No. 32 TCU on Tuesday afternoon at the USTA National Campus. The loss dropped the Blue Devils to 10-7 overall as the Horned Frogs improved to 8-3.
The Horned Frogs won the doubles point with decisions on courts three and one. TCU took the first win as the pair of Reese Stalder and Bertus Kruger defeated junior Jason Lapidus and freshman Sean Sculley, 6-1. Lapidus and Sculley got behind 5-0 and could not rebound. The pair falls to 1-1 in dual matches.
For Duke’s fourth straight match, the point was determined by an outcome on court one. This time it was the No. 41 pair of Alex Rybakov and Guillermo Nunez who defeated sophomores Nick Stachowiak and Spencer Furman, 7-6 (4). Neither team led by more than one game throughout and the match headed to the tiebreaker. The Horned Frogs jumped ahead 2-0 in the tiebreaker, but Duke got it back to even. TCU went up 4-2 and again the Blue Devils rallied to knot the score at 4-4. Rybakov and Nunez pulled out the final three points for the victory. Stachowiak and Furman fall to 3-4 overall.
TCU quickly made the lead 2-0 overall when junior Catalin Mateas fell 6-0, 6-1 on court two to No. 72 Trevor Johnson. Mateas is now 9-7 overall and 4-4 in dual matches.
The Horned Frogs made it a 3-0 advantage on court four, where Nunez fought past Stachowiak, 7-6 (7), 6-4. The two held serve throughout the first set and went to the tiebreaker. After being even at 1-1 and 2-2, Nunez pulled out to 5-2 and 6-3 leads. Stachowiak won four of the next five points to deadlock the tiebreaker at 7-7. From there, Nunez took the last two points. In the second set, Nunez broke at 2-1 to take leads of 3-1 and 4-1. Stachowiak trailed 5-2 before holding and breaking to get within 5-4. Nunez broke in the last game to take the match. Stachowiak falls to 21-6 overall and 10-3 in dual action. His five-match winning streak was also snapped with the setback.
Completing the sweep for TCU was Kruger with a 6-4, 6-3 victory against junior Ryan Dickerson on court six. With the first set even at 3-3, Kruger held and broke to take a 5-3 advantage. Dickerson broke right back and trailed 5-4, but Kruger broke again to end the set. The second set had Kruger break again with a 2-1 lead to go ahead 3-1. The two exchanged breaks to give Kruger a 4-2 advantage. The two held serve for the final three games with Kruger coming away the winner. Dickerson dips to 14-10 overall and 7-7 in dual matches.
Duke returns to North Carolina and ACC play with a 4 p.m. Friday match at No. 16 N.C. State.
#32 TCU 4, #17 Duke 0
March 13, 2018 at Lake Nona, Fla. (USTA National Tennis Campus)
1. #41 Alex Rybakov/Guillermo Nuñez (TCU) def. Nick Stachowiak/Spencer Furman (DU) 7-6 (7-4)
2. Trevor Johnson/Alastair Gray (TCU) vs. Nicolas Alvarez/Catalin Mateas (DU) 6-6 (3-5), unfinished
3. Reese Stalder/Bertus Kruger (TCU) def. Sean Sculley/Jason Lapidus (DU) 6-1
1. #32 Alex Rybakov (TCU) vs. #25 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) 4-6, 6-3, 3-1, unfinished
2. #72 Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Catalin Mateas (DU) 6-0, 6-1
3. #30 Alastair Gray (TCU) vs. Spencer Furman (DU) 6-4, 4-6, 1-2, unfinished
4. Guillermo Nuñez (TCU) def. Nick Stachowiak (DU) 7-6 (9-7), 6-4
5. Reese Stalder (TCU) vs. Sean Sculley (DU) 6-4, 5-5, unfinished
6. Bertus Kruger (TCU) def. Ryan Dickerson (DU) 6-4, 6-3
Duke 10-7; National ranking #17
TCU 8-3; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,4,6)
Official: Tammy Childs T-2:45 A-376