DURHAM, N.C. – After playing six-straight matches away from home, the Duke men’s tennis team returned home with a 7-0 shutout victory over N.C. Central Saturday afternoon inside the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.
The Blue Devils improved their record to 4-5 on the season while N.C. Central dropped to 0-2.
In doubles action, junior Nick Stachowiak and senior Jason Lapidus earned a court one victory with a score of 6-2 over Gabriel Cucalon and Amit Baran. The Duke duo jumped to an early 2-0 lead then extended it to 5-1. On court two, juniors Spencer Furman and Robert Levine also won by score of 6-2 over Chrstos Dagklis and Thanos Spyropoulos. After dropping the first game, the Blue Devil pair gained a 3-1 advantage. The Eagles got a game back, but Furman and Levine won three straight games to clinch the match.
Duke didn’t drop a first set in singles play and won all matches in straight sets. Furman was the first Blue Devil to earn a singles point with a 6-2, 6-0 court two victory over Baran. Levine, who won the first set 6-1, pulled out a 6-2 set two victory over Spyropoulos on court four, clinching the match for Duke. Lapidus made quick work in set two against Pablo Juez-Torres on court five, winning 6-3, 6-1 and giving the Blue Devils their fifth point. Senior Vincent Lin was victorious over Dagklis, 6-2, 6-4, on court three, while No. 26 Stachowiak closed the day with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Cucalon at the number one spot.
The Eagles fielded five players, as Duke earned victories via forfeit on courts three (doubles) and six (singles).
“We changed our doubles up a little bit today with new teams on courts one and two,” said head coach Ramsey Smith. “Our doubles have been up and down this year so far and I’ve been looking for a little bit more consistency, but I thought today was good. In singles, we got off to good starts and our guys did a good job taking care of business. The energy and focus were the two goals and I thought up and down the line we did that today.”
Duke, who last played a home match on January 18 against No. 24 Arizona State, is now 3-0 at home and hosts four of its next five matches.
“It felt great to be back here,” said Smith. “We have a stretch of almost three weeks where we’re really at home, or right in the area. The support at home is great and historically we have played well at home. Now we get back to work and get ready for Coastal Carolina next Saturday.”
The Blue Devils host Coastal Carolina next Saturday at 1 p.m. outside in the Ambler Tennis Stadium.
Duke 7, N.C. Central 0
February 16, 2019 at Durham, N.C. (Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)
1. #26 Nick Stachowiak (DU) def. CUCALON,Gabriel (NCCU) 6-0, 6-3
2. Spencer Furman (DU) def. BARAN,Amit (NCCU) 6-2, 6-0
3. Vincent Lin (DU) def. DAGKLIS,Christos (NCCU) 6-2, 6-4
4. Robert Levine (DU) def. SPYROPOULOS,Thanos (NCCU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Jason Lapidus (DU) def. JUEZ TORRES,Pablo (NCCU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Samir Agadi (DU) def. No player (NCCU), by forfeit
1. Nick Stachowiak/Jason Lapidus (DU) def. CUCALON,Gabriel/BARAN,Amit (NCCU) 6-2
2. Spencer Furman/Robert Levine (DU) def. DAGKLIS,Christos/SPYROPOULOS,Thanos (NCCU) 6-2
3. Vincent Lin/Samir Agadi (DU) def. No player/No player (NCCU), by forfeit
N.C. Central 0-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,2,4,5,3,1)