DURHAM, N.C. – After wrapping up play at the ACC Championship last week, the No. 29 Duke men’s tennis team is turning its attention to the NCAA Championship. The Blue Devils will learn their regional pairing on Tuesday as part of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Selection Show. The show will be streamed live at 5:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.
The Blue Devils have qualified for 25 of the last 26 NCAA Championships. Duke owns an all-time NCAA Championship record of 47-26 and has advanced as far as the quarterfinals, reaching the round of eight in 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2012 and 2013.
Duke will enter the main event with a 16-13 record. The Blue Devils have endured a challenging slate this year, facing 15 ranked teams with nine top-20 opponents.
The Blue Devils’ lineup has been anchored by redshirt junior Nicolas Alvarez, who is ranked No. 17, owns a 14-8 overall record and has played every dual match on court one, going 9-6 there. Sophomore Nick Stachowiak has the most wins on the squad with 25 and is second on the team with three wins versus ranked opponents. Junior Catalin Mateas has most frequently filled the second court, playing to a 4-7 record there and holding an overall mark of 12-14. Stachowiak was tabbed the February 27 ACC Player of the Week while Alvarez earned the nod March 13.
In doubles, Alvarez and Mateas have moved into the No. 1 position and been the Blue Devils’ hottest team, earning a No. 39 ranking this week. The pair has posted a 9-4 overall ledger, 5-0 mark versus ranked opponents and 5-0 record on court one. Freshman Sean Sculley and Stachowiak have been Duke’s most used team and have gone 14-12 together with a 6-9 mark on court one. The pair clinched the doubles points for Duke in both of its ACC Championship matches last week. Juniors Ryan Dickerson and Jason Lapidus have played most often on court three, going 11-7 overall.
NCAA play begins May 11 with the first and second rounds at 16 regional sites. The NCAA Championship finals will be held in Winston-Salem, N.C., May 18-28.