DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 30 Duke men’s tennis team put together a complete match on Friday, sweeping Boston College 7-0 in the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.
For the second straight match, rain forced the Blue Devils indoors. Duke continued its success at home, improving to 7-2 in Durham. They earn win No. 10 on the season and are now 3-2 in ACC play. The loss drops the Eagles to 13-7 overall and 0-6 against league competition.
“Anytime you can get an ACC win, win 7-0 and win three good three-set matches, I was really happy with today,” said head coach Ramsey Smith. “Boston College has improved a lot from last year and today was highly competitive. It was good for us to be in some tough situations and come through. I think that will give us some confidence.”
Duke started the match by winning the doubles point for the first time in four matches. The Blue Devils utilized a new doubles order to take two of the three matches. Playing for the second time at the top spot, Reid Carleton and Dylan Arnould clinched the doubles point with a 9-7 victory over No. 59 Thomas Nolan and Erik Kreutzer. The Duke pair is now 2-1 against ranked opponents and are 10-7 overall.
“Today was really good because we haven’t won the doubles point the last couple of matches,” said Carleton. “It gave us a good momentum boost heading into singles. Dylan and I had a good win over a ranked team and were happy to close it out the way we did.”
The Blue Devils kept on winning in singles. Two players won in straight sets. Arnould made quick work of Kreutzer at the No. 2 spot 6-1, 6-4. Arnould improved to 15-11 overall and 3-2 in ACC play. Jared Pinsky wrapped up his match shortly after, defeating Skinner 7-5. 6-1. Pinsky is also 3-2 in conference matches and is now 18-10 on the year.
Luke Marchese, who has been the hottest Duke player the last couple of weeks, continued his success on Friday. Marchese clinched the Blue Devils’ victory over Boston College with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Brian Locklear. Marchese has won his last nine singles matches, improving to 13-3 overall and 5-0 in ACC play.
Three Blue Devils won in three sets, all of which came after losing the first set. Alain Michel rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win at the No. 5 spot. He is now 12-10 in singles and evens his ACC mark to 2-2. Dimitrov downed Akash Muppidi 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 for his 21st win of the season and fourth ACC victory. Carleton played two great sets after losing the first and finished with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory against Nolan. Carleton is now 18-10 overall this year.
Duke will play its final regular season home game tomorrow at 1 p.m. when they host No. 75 Maryland. The Blue Devils will honor their lone senior Kiril Dimitrov prior to the match.
Tennis Match Results
Boston College vs Duke
March 27, 2009 at Durham, N.C.
#30 Duke 7, Boston College 0
1. Dylan Arnould/Reid Carleton (DU) def. #59 Erik Kreutzer/Thomas Nolan (BC) 9-7
2. Kiril Dimitrov/David Holland (DU) def. Brian Garber/Alex Skinner (BC) 8-6
3. Adam Davison/Akash Muppidi (BC) def. Luke Marchese/Jared Pinsky (DU) 8-5
1. #28 Reid Carleton (DU) def. Thomas Nolan (BC) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
2. #58 Kiril Dimitrov (DU) def. Akash Muppidi (BC) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. Dylan Arnould (DU) def. Erik Kreutzer (BC) 6-1, 6-4
4. Jared Pinsky (DU) def. Alex Skinner (BC) 7-5, 6-1
5. Alain Michel (DU) def. Brendon Wong (BC) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
6. Luke Marchese (DU) def. Brian Locklear (BC) 6-2, 6-4
Boston College 13-7
Duke 10-5; National ranking #30
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,4,6,5,2,1)