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Nick Stachowiak
Blue Devils Drop ACC Contest at Virginia Tech
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/13/2019
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BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Duke men’s tennis team fell to ACC foe Virginia Tech, 5-2, on Wednesday afternoon at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.

Duke fell to 6-8 overall and 0-3 in conference play. The Hokies improved their overall record to 10-5 and earned their first ACC victory of the season (1-3).

The Blue Devils won their fourth doubles point in seven matches as junior Nick Stachowiak and senior Jason Lapidus earned a 6-1 victory over Henrik Korsgaard and Alex Rebeiro. On court three, juniors Spencer Furman and Robert Levine kept their undefeated season alive as a pair, winning 6-1 over Carlo Donato and Freddy Mesmer. The junior duo is now 4-0 on the season at the number three position. Senior Catalin Mateas and sophomore Sean Sculley were down 4-3 to Jason Kros and Brandon Perez before the point was clinched.

In singles action, Rebeiro tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-3, 6-2 court three victory over Mateas. The Hokies gained the lead after Korsgaard prevailed over No. 114 Furman 6-2, 6-2 on court two. In a battle of ranked opponents, No. 66 Kross defeated No. 41 Stachowiak 6-2, 6-3 at number one singles, giving Virginia Tech a 3-1 advantage. The Hokies clinched the match after Evan Fragistas defeated Senior Vincent Lin on court six 6-4, 7-6 (7-6).

Donato defeated Sculley 6-4, 6-0, 6-1 on court six, however, Levine earned his fifth victory of the season with a 6-2, 7-5, 1-0 (10-7) win court five. The victory is Levine’s fourth in his last five decisions.

Duke next travels to Clemson, S.C., on Friday for a 3:30 p.m. showdown. The Blue Devils end their three-match road trip at Georgia Tech on Sunday at 12 noon.

Tennis Match Results
Duke vs Virginia Tech
3/13/2019 at Blacksburg, Va.
(Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center)
Virginia Tech 5, #44 Duke 2
Singles competition
1. #66 Jason Kros (VT) def. #41 Nick Stachowiak (DU) 6-2, 6-3
2. Henrik Korsgaard (VT) def. #114 Spencer Furman (DU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Alex Ribeiro (VT) def. Catalin Mateas (DU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Carlo Donato (VT) def. Sean Sculley (DU) 6-4, 0-6, 6-1
5. Robert Levine (DU) def. Brandon Perez (VT) 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-7)
6. Evan Fragistas (VT) def. Vincent Lin (DU) 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)
Doubles competition
1. Nick Stachowiak/Jason Lapidus (DU) def. #46 Henrik Korsgaard/Alex Ribeiro (VT) 6-1
2. Jason Kros/Brandon Perez (VT) vs. Catalin Mateas/Sean Sculley (DU) 4-3, unfinished
3. Spencer Furman/Robert Levine (DU) def. Carlo Donato/Freddy Mesmer (VT) 6-1
Match Notes:
Duke 6-8, 0-3 ACC; National ranking #44
Virginia Tech 10-5, 1-3 ACC
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,2,1,4,6,5)