DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s tennis team improved its home record to 7-2 on the year and won its third straight contest with a 6-1 victory over Boston College Sunday afternoon in Ambler Tennis Stadium.
Duke improved to 10-11 overall and 4-6 in ACC play, while Boston College fell to 6-14 and 0-11 in conference play.
In doubles action, seniors Jason Lapidus and Vincent Lin took court one, defeating Derek Austin and Conor Mullins 6-2. On court three, juniors Spencer Furman and Robert Levine clinched the doubles point for Duke, winning 6-3 over Sean Mullins and Max Mendelsohn.
The doubles win for Lapidus was his team-leading 12th of the season (12-7). The victory for Furman and Levine was their sixth as a duo (6-2). Senior Catalin Mateas and sophomore Sean Sculley were winning 5-3 on court two over Chris Grasel and Markus Nordby before the point was clinched.
In singles play, Mateas extended Duke’s lead (2-0) with a 6-4, 6-1 victory on court two over Grasel. The win was Mateas’ ninth of the dual singles season and third straight. A few minutes later, Sculley earned his fifth dual singles win of the season with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Mendelsohn, putting Duke one point away from clinching the match.
On court six, Lapidus outlasted S. Mullins in the first set 7-5. In set two, the senior fought off S. Mullins and took set two 6-4, clinching the match for the Blue Devils. The win was Lapidus’ fourth of the year. Levine gave Duke its fifth point of the afternoon with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 defeat of Nordby. Lin, who entered the contest a winner of five-straight decisions, retired from action in the second set. Furman ended the afternoon in a battle against Austin, ultimately winning 6-3, 0-6, 7-5 (7-4) to give Duke its sixth and final point.
“Doubles was important today as it set the tone,” said head coach Ramsey Smith. “It is just one point, but it seems like so much more because you have the six points to finish. I think we have been pretty consistent the last couple of weeks with our doubles and how we have looked, how our energy has been and how we have competed so that definitely set the tone.”
“Spencer was mentally tough today,” said Smith on Furman’s final set. “He had a couple of match points that he didn’t get but he hung in there and did a really good job.”
Duke closes out the regular season next week, as it hosts in state rival NC State Wednesday at 3 p.m., and hosts Florida State on Sunday, April 14 at 1 p.m. for senior day.