WEYMOUTH, Mass. – The No. 18 Duke men’s tennis team capped its four-match road trip in style, with a 7-0 Sunday sweep of Boston College at the Weymouth Tennis Club. The Blue Devils (12-8, 3-2 ACC) dropped just two singles sets and won three singles sets 6-0 en route to the victory.
Duke also earned its third true road win of the season, equaling last year’s total. The Blue Devils improve to 3-2 in the ACC with the victory, getting to 3-2 or better through their first five league matches every year but one since 1985. Junior Ryan Dickerson won in straight sets, earning his 50th career singles victory.
Duke won just its second doubles point in its last seven matches by capturing the first two decisions on Sunday. The Blue Devils secured their initial win on court two, where junior Jason Lapidus and freshman Sean Sculley downed Max Palmer and Chris Grasel, 6-1. Lapidus and Sculley upped their overall record to 6-1 and their ACC mark to 3-0.
The Blue Devils tallied the winning point at No. 1, where redshirt junior Nicolas Alvarez and junior Catalin Mateas defeated Derek Austin and Sean Mullins, 7-5. Alvarez and Mateas, playing for the first time on the top court, improve to 5-4 overall, all in dual matches, and 2-2 in ACC action.
Duke swept through the singles action, winning in straight sets on courts one, four, five and six.
Lapidus and Dickerson won by identical 6-0, 6-2 scores on courts five and six. Lapidus defeated Mullins on six while Dickerson topped Palmer on five. Lapidus, playing his first ACC match of the year, is now 10-4 overall and 3-1 in dual action. Dickerson improves to 16-11, 9-8 in dual competition and 3-2 versus league foes.
Sculley picked up his second victory of the week, downing Markus Nordby 6-2, 6-2 on court four. Sculley lifts his overall mark to 15-10 and evens his dual match mark at 7-7. He is 3-1 in ACC play.
Mateas, playing at the Weymouth Tennis Club where the Braintree, Mass., native competed while growing up, finished off the straight-set wins for Duke by picking up a 7-6 (3), 6-2 win on court one versus Austin. Mateas is now 11-8 overall, 6-5 in dual action and 4-1 against league competition.
The first three-set decision went to sophomore Robert Levine with a 6-0, 2-6, 6-3 triumph against Kent Mukai on court three. Levine improves to 9-7 overall, 6-6 in dual action and 2-1 versus league competition.
Sophomore Spencer Furman finished off the Duke sweep with a 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (7) win against Grasel. Furman ups his record to 14-8 overall and 4-5 in dual action while evening his ACC ledger at 2-2.
Next up, Duke returns home for the first time since March 10 and hosts Virginia for a 5 p.m. Friday match.
#18 Duke 7, Boston College 0
March 25, 2018 at Weymouth, Mass. (Weymouth Tennis Club)
1. Nicolas Alvarez/Catalin Mateas (DU) def. Derek Austin/Sean Mullins (BC) 7-5
2. Jason Lapidus/Sean Sculley (DU) def. Max Palmer/Chris Grasel (BC) 6-1
3. Conor Mullins/Kent Mukai (BC) vs. Spencer Furman/Ryan Dickerson (DU) 5-6, unfinished
1. #113 Catalin Mateas (DU) def. Derek Austin (BC) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
2. Spencer Furman (DU) def. Chris Grasel (BC) 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-7)
3. Robert Levine (DU) def. Kent Mukai (BC) 6-0, 2-6, 6-3
4. Sean Sculley (DU) def. Markus Nordby (BC) 6-2, 6-2
5. Ryan Dickerson (DU) def. Max Palmer (BC) 6-0, 6-2
6. Jason Lapidus (DU) def. Sean Mullins (BC) 6-0, 6-2
Duke 12-8, 3-2 ACC; National ranking #18
Boston College 7-7, 0-5 ACC