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2018 Duke Men's Tennis Team
Blue Devils Take on Rebels in NCAA First Round
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Release: 05/11/2018
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Match 30
No. 28 Duke (16-13) vs. No. 38 Ole Miss (14-12)
Saturday, May 12 l 1 p.m.
Palo Alto, Calif. | Taube Family Tennis Stadium

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DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s tennis team makes its second consecutive NCAA Team Championship appearance. This will be the Blue Devils’ 27th overall appearance in the main event and 26th showing in the last 27 seasons. Duke (16-13) plays its first match of the event Saturday against Ole Miss (14-12) at 1 p.m. inside the Taube Family Tennis Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif.

Should Duke defeat the Rebels on Saturday, it would take on the winner of the No. 4 Stanford versus New Mexico State match Sunday at 5 p.m.

Single-day tickets are $8 (adult) or $5 (student/youth/senior). The box office will open 30 minutes before the first event on each day. All seats are general admission.

Versus Ole Miss ...
Duke owns a 4-2 advantage in the all-time series with the last meeting a 4-0 Duke victory on February 15, 2015, at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Chicago. Of the six meetings, five have taken place on neutral courts.

During the 2015 match, Nicolas Alvarez was the only current member of the team to participate as he won the court one doubles match with Raphael Hemmeler against No. 55 Gustav Hansson and William Kallberg, 6-4, and went unfinished in his No. 1 singles match against No. 59 Nicholas Scholtz.

Taking on the Cardinal ...
Stanford owns a 7-2 advantage in the all-time series, but Duke won the last meeting, 4-1 on May 9, 2015, in the NCAA Team Championship Round of 32. This will mark Duke’s second trip to Palo Alto after playing there in 2006.

In the 2015 match, Stanford took the doubles point but the Blue Devils rallied with singles victories on courts one, four, three and six for the victory. Alvarez lost his doubles match on court one to No. 9 John Morrissey and Robert Stineman but rebounded in singles to even the match at 1-1 with a victory versus No. 26 Tom Fawcett 6-4, 6-0 on court one.

Against New Mexico State ...
A potential second round matchup would be the first between Duke and New Mexico State.

We’ve Met in May Before ...
Duke has previously faced Ole Miss and Stanford in NCAA Team Championship action, going a combined 1-5 in those NCAA events. The victory was Duke’s 4-1 win against Stanford on May 9, 2015.

Duke Against the SEC, Pac-12 and WAC ...
Entering this weekend’s NCAA Team Championship action, the Blue Devils own a combined record of 104-93 against SEC clubs, 19-37 versus Pac-12 programs and have never faced a current Western Athletic Conference member.

Strength in Numbers ...
Duke is one of nine ACC teams to receive a bid to the NCAA Team Championship, joining top-seeded Wake Forest, No. 7 seed North Carolina, No. 12 seed Florida State, Miami, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Virginia and Virginia Tech. The nine clubs trail only 10 selections by the SEC.

Duke Players in the NCAA Team Championship ...
Of the eight Blue Devils on the roster, seven have taken part in an NCAA Team Championship match. Alvarez owns the most experience, having played in three NCAA postseason matches, against South Carolina State, Stanford and Southern California.

Redshirt junior Alvarez is 1-1 in NCAA Team Championship singles while sophomores Spencer Furman, Robert Levine and Nick Stachowiak are 0-1. In doubles, junior Catalin Mateas is 1-0, Alvarez 1-2 and Furman, Stachowiak and juniors Ryan Dickerson and Jason Lapidus 0-1.

Alvarez to NCAA Singles Tournament ...
Alvarez will represent Duke at the NCAA Singles Tournament for the third time in his career. He is one of 64 individuals who will participate and one of 49 at-large selections.

Alvarez is 14-8 this season and 9-6 in dual matches, all on court one. The Lima, Peru, native has a 7-5 mark against top-100 opponents and owns an upset of the nation’s No. 1 player with a 6-3, 6-4 victory against North Carolina’s William Blumberg on March 9. Alvarez is the eighth Blue Devil in program history to be selected to three or more NCAA Singles Tournaments, joining Marc Flur (1981-83), Jeff Hersh (1985-88), Chris Pressley (1993-95), Doug Root (1997-2000), Phillip King (2001-04), Ludovic Walter (2004-06) and Henrique Cunha (2010-13).

Two All-ACC Honorees ...
Alvarez (first team) and Stachowiak (third team) were Duke’s All-ACC picks. Alvarez has been on the first team three times while Stachowiak earned his first all-league honor.

Against the NCAA Team Championship Field ...
The Blue Devils faced 16 teams in the regular season or ACC Championship that qualified for the NCAA Team Championship, going 7-12 against them.

Clinchers for Mateas ...
Mateas leads the Blue Devils with four matches clinched this season, including one of Duke’s most dramatic wins, coming back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat No. 22 Notre Dame at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, as well as the ACC Championship second round win.

Mateas has secured victories versus Kentucky, No. 22 Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Clemson in the postseason contest.

The Doubles Point a Good Indicator of the End Result ...
Duke has won the doubles point 18 times during its 29 matches, including six of its last eight contests. In the 18 matches Duke has taken the early lead, the Blue Devils own a 14-4 record (.778 winning percentage). At the ACC Championship, Duke won both of its doubles points, against Clemson and No. 11 Florida State.

Five Straight Versus Ranked Pairs ...
Alvarez and Mateas have been Duke’s hottest doubles team recently, winning six consecutive matches and five straight against ranked pairs. Alvarez and Mateas debuted in the Oracle/ITA rankings on April 24 at No. 39 and enter the tournament at No. 48.

The pair is the first Duke duo to win five consecutive matches against ranked foes since Cunha and Hemmeler won 13 consecutive from March 5 through May 16, 2013.

Stachowiak Secures 25 Again ...
Stachowiak enters the NCAA Team Championship with 25 singles wins this year after totaling 32 as a rookie in 2016-17. The Cary, N.C., native is the first Blue Devil to have 25 or more singles wins in each of his first two seasons since Hemmeler, Chris Mengel and Jason Tahir all accomplished the feat in 2011-12 and 2012-13.


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