DURHAM, N.C. – For the 26th time in the last 27 seasons, the Duke men’s tennis team will compete in the NCAA Team Championship, according to an announcement by the NCAA on Tuesday. The Blue Devils will travel to Palo Alto, Calif., for first and second round play.
Duke (16-13) will take on Ole Miss (14-12) on Saturday, May 12, at 1 p.m. ET in the opening round. The host Stanford (21-3) faces New Mexico State (16-8) on Saturday. The winners of the two matches will face each other Sunday, May 13, at 5 p.m. ET.
Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium will have all seats as general admission. Single-day tickets are $8 (adult) and $5 (student/youth/senior). Tickets will go sale Wednesday at 12 noon. The box office will open 30 minutes before the first event on each day.
The Blue Devils have played Ole Miss six times, going 4-2 against the Rebels. The last meeting was a 4-0 Duke victory on February 15, 2015, at the ITA Team Indoor Championship. The programs faced off once in the NCAA Team Championship with Ole Miss winning 4-2 on May 17, 2003, in the Round of 16 in Athens, Ga. The 16 regional champions this spring will head to the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, N.C., to compete for the NCAA crown May 18-28.
Duke owns an all-time record of 47-26 (.644) when competing in the NCAA Championship. Last spring the Blue Devils were blanked by No. 22 South Florida in the opening round in Athens, Ga. Duke has reached as far as the quarterfinals eight times (1993, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2012 and 2013). In the last six years, the Blue Devils own a 9-5 record (.643 winning percentage) in May.
Under the guidance of 10th-year head coach Ramsey Smith, Duke will enter the NCAA Team Championship with 16 wins and positioned itself for the NCAA postseason appearance by facing 10 top-25 opponents this season. Of Duke’s 13 losses, six are to teams that are currently in the top 10.
In 2018 the Blue Devils have been led by redshirt junior Nicolas Alvarez, who is ranked No. 17 nationally and played on the top court all season. Alvarez and junior Catalin Mateas form the top doubles team on the squad, playing to a 9-4 record and No. 39 ranking. Alvarez and Mateas own a 5-0 ledger against ranked doubles pairs.
Singles and doubles selections for the 2018 NCAA Individual Championships will be announced Wednesday.