The first 100 fans in attendance for Friday’s match against Notre Dame will receive a Duke Tennis rally towel.
Due to impending inclement weather, the match for Friday may be moved indoors to Sheffield Indoor Tennis Stadium.
Durham, N.C. – After defeating Louisville 4-1 on the road Sunday, the Duke men’s tennis team looks to keep the momentum rolling this weekend as it hosts the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Friday and the Boston College Eagles Sunday in a pair of key ACC matches.
Home Sweet Home
After playing five of the last six matches on the road, the Blue Devils end the regular season with four-straight home matches. On the season, Duke is 5-2 at home and 2-2 against nationally ranked opponents in Durham.
Lapidus Nears Record
In his four-year career, senior Jason Lapidus has played in 41 ACC doubles matches, tied with Henrique Cunha (2010-13) for second in school history. Lapidus is on pace to break the record, as he is two away from Dylan Arnould’s mark of 43 (2007-10), with four regular season ACC matches left on the slate.
Lin = Win
Senior Vincent Lin is enjoying one of the hottest stretches of his career in dual singles play, as he has won four-straight decisions at the number six position. The senior’s most recent victory came against William Woodall of No. 5 Virginia, winning 6-1, 6-0. Lin’s highest career dual singles winning streak is six, dating back from February 20 - March 11, 2016.
Eight-Straight Weeks Ranked
For the eighth-straight week, junior Nick Stachowiak was ranked in the ITA/Oracle singles ledger, coming in at No. 85. Stachowiak is tied for second on the team in dual singles wins with eight (8-5), all on court number one. The Cary, N.C., native is also 8-7 in dual doubles this year, all on court one.
Duke this Season
In dual singles, three Blue Devils have eight or more wins - Lin (9-6), Stachowiak (8-5) and junior Spencer Furman (8-7). In dual doubles action, Lapidus leads the squad with 10 victories (10-7), with six of those wins coming on court one. Sophomore Sean Sculley owns an 8-2 record in doubles play, including a 6-2 showing on court two.
Notre Dame History
Duke leads the all-time series 24-11 and has won two of the last three against the Fighting Irish. The last time these two teams squared off, Notre Dame won in South Bend, 5-2, last season.
Scouting the Fighting Irish
Notre Dame comes in with an overall record of 11-11 (as of 4/4/2019) and is 3-5in the conference, one win above Duke in the ACC standings. The Irish have three players in the most recent ITA/Oracle rankings, with No. 25 Alex Lebedev, No. 70 Richard Ciamarra and No. 112 Guillermo Cabrera. Cabrera leads the team in dual singles wins with 10 (10-3), with six of those victories on court six. Tristan McCormick is 9-4 on the season in dual singles action, including 5-1 on court four. In doubles play, Ciamarra and McCormick are ranked No. 23 in the nation, as they own a 6-4 dual doubles record, all on court one.
Boston College History
Duke is 15-0 all-time against the Eagles, with the most recent win in Chestnut Hill, Mass., last season (7-0). Just twice in Duke’s history against Boston College have the Blue Devils dropped a point, with 13 of the 15 wins being 7-0 shutouts.
The Eagles this Season
Boston College is 6-12 overall and is 0-9 in the ACC (as of 4/4/2019). The Eagles defeated Holy Cross 6-1 on Wednesday, April 3 before travelling to No. 11 North Carolina on Friday.
“It’s nice to be back at home for the final stretch of the regular season,” said head coach Ramsey Smith. “Our team took a step forward last week and things are coming together. We are excited about our opportunities this weekend. Our best tennis is ahead of us.”
The Blue Devils next host NC State Wednesday at 3 p.m. before closing out the regular season at home against Florida State on Sunday, April 14 at 1 p.m.