MIAMI – The Duke men’s tennis team started its final weekend of regular season play with a 4-3 setback at No. 48 Miami on Friday evening. The No. 22 Blue Devils finish the regular season Sunday at No. 11 Florida State with a 1 p.m. match.
On Friday, Duke took the early 1-0 lead with the doubles point for the sixth time in its last seven matches, winning on courts three and one. In the third position, juniors Ryan Dickerson and Jason Lapidus earned their third consecutive victory with a 6-2 win against Pablo Aycart and Nile Clark. Duke jumped ahead 4-0 and never looked back as the Hurricane duo got no closer than three games. Dickerson and Lapidus up their overall mark to 10-5 and 4-1 in ACC play.
On court one, redshirt junior Nicolas Alvarez and junior Catalin Mateas came back for a 7-5 victory against the No. 20 pair of Christian Langmo and Adria Soriano. Neither side led by more than one game until Langmo and Soriano broke to go up 4-2. From there, the Blue Devil duo took over, winning five of the final six games. Duke evened the match at 4-4 before trailing 5-4. Mateas and Alvarez then ripped off the final three games with a hold, break and hold for the victory. Mateas and Alvarez improve to 7-4 overall, all in dual action, and 4-2 versus league competition. The Blue Devil duo is 3-0 against nationally ranked opponents and has won its last four matches.
Miami rallied with three quick singles victories to take a 3-1 lead in the match. The Hurricanes evened the match at 1-1 with a 6-3, 6-1 win by Dane Dunlap against sophomore Robert Levine on court four. With Levine trailing just 4-3 in the opening set, Dunlap took the next five games to capture the first set and win the first three games of the second set. Levine took a game, but Dunlap won the last three for the victory. Levine is now 14-8 overall, 11-7 in dual matches and 7-2 in ACC contests.
The Hurricanes took a 2-1 lead with No. 11 Alvarez falling 6-4, 6-2 to No. 108 Soriano on court one. Alvarez trailed 4-3 in the opening set before Soriano won four straight to finish the first set and take a 2-0 advantage in the second. Soriano finished out with four of the final six games for the match. Alvarez falls to 14-5 overall, 9-3 in dual matches and 5-3 in ACC competition.
The 3-1 lead for Miami was taken with a 6-2, 6-3 victory by No. 123 Langmo versus No. 100 Mateas on court two. Mateas fell behind 3-2 in the opening set before Langmo went on a late run with the final three games. With a 1-1 tie in the second set, Langmo took five of the next seven for the match. Mateas slips to 11-13 overall, 6-10 in dual action and 4-6 in ACC play.
Miami clinched the match on court three, where Bojan Jankulovski defeated sophomore Nick Stachowiak, 6-4, 6-3. In the opening set, neither side led by more than a game until Jankulovski broke and held. The second set mirrored the first and was even at 3-3 when Jankulovski broke and held to open up a 5-3 advantage. Stachowiak got a game back but could not force the tie. Stachowiak is now 24-11 overall, 13-8 in dual action and 5-5 versus league foes.
The Blue Devils claimed the final two points of the match from courts five and six. On court six, Dickerson held on for a 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 victory against Tatsuki Shimamoto. Dickerson led 3-2 in the opening set before opening the advantage to 5-3 and picking up the last game. Shimamoto blazed through the second set, but Dickerson returned the favor in the final set for the victory. Dickerson ups his record to 18-13 overall, 11-10 in dual matches and 5-4 versus league competition.
On five, sophomore Spencer Furman held off Niclas Genovese 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Furman turned a 4-3 deficit into a 6-4 opening set. With a 3-3 tie in the second set, Genovese took three of the final four games for the set. The third set was also even at 3-3 before Furman ran off three of the final four games to secure the victory. Furman is now 15-12 overall, 5-9 in dual competition and 3-6 in ACC action.
#48 Miami 4, #22 Duke 3
April 20, 2018 at Tallahassee, Fla. (Neil Schiff Tennis Center)
1. Catalin Mateas/Nicolas Alvarez (DU) def. #20 Christian Langmo/Adria Soriano (UM) 7-5
2. Bojan Jankulovski/Dane Dunlap (UM) vs. #87 Nick Stachowiak/Sean Sculley (DU) 5-5, unfinished
3. Ryan Dickerson/Jason Lapidus (DU) def. Pablo Aycart/Nile Clark (UM) 6-2
1. #108 Adria Soriano (UM) def. #11 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) 6-4, 6-2
2. #123 Christian Langmo (UM) def. #100 Catalin Mateas (DU) 6-2, 6-3
3. Bojan Jankulovski (UM) def. Nick Stachowiak (DU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Dane Dunlap (UM) def. Robert Levine (DU) 6-3, 6-1
5. Spencer Furman (DU) def. Niclas Genovese (UM) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
6. Ryan Dickerson (DU) def. Tatsuki Shimamoto (UM) 6-3, 1-6, 6-1
Duke 15-11, 6-5 ACC; National ranking #22
University of Miami 13-10, 4-7 ACC; National ranking #48
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (4,1,2,3,6,5)