ROCK HILL, S.C. – Two Duke teams advanced to the Division I doubles championship match and the Blue Devils went 8-0 overall on another rain-shortened day of competition at the Winthrop Invitational Saturday, Nov. 2.
The tandem of freshman TJ Pura and sophomore Josh Levine outlasted Wofford’s Rob Galloway and Haris Poric in the quarterfinals of the Division 1 doubles main draw, 8-6, before topping Dylan Comerford and Peter Nagovnak of host Winthrop in the semifinals, 6-2.
Pura and Levine were slated to meet teammates Cale Hammond and Daniel McCall in the Division 1 final after the latter pair collected wins over East Tennessee State’s Conner Huertas Del Pino and Sebastian Yllera (8-2) and Tennessee Tech’s Vasily Eremeev and Oleksiv Arovin (6-3). However, inclement weather forced the cancellation of the title match and the two Blue Devil duos were declared co-champions.
Saturday morning’s action in Rock Hill included the first round of singles play, with the Duke players combining for a 4-0 ledger. In the first round of the Division 1 singles main draw, Levine cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 victory against Ernest Alberch of Gardner-Webb and Hammond downed the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Holger Norregaard, 6-3, 6-2. Meanwhile the first round of the Division 2 main draw saw Pura record a 6-3, 6-1 win over Wofford’s Walker Heffron and McCall cruise to a 6-1, 6-0 decision against Gagan Jain of Tennessee Tech.
Sunday marks the final day of play at the Winthrop Invitational, with players slated to compete in the remaining rounds of singles play beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Division 2 Singles Main Draw – Round of 32
TJ Pura (Duke) def. Walker Heffron (Wofford) 6-3, 6-1
Daniel McCall (Duke) def. Gagan Jain (Tennessee Tech) 6-1, 6-0
Division 1 Doubles Main Draw – Quarterfinals
TJ Pura/Josh Levine (Duke) def. Rob Galloway/Haris Poric (Wofford) 8-6
Cale Hammond/Daniel McCall (Duke) def. Conner Huertas Del Pino/Sebastian Yllera (ETSU) 8-2
Division 1 Doubles Main Draw – Semifinals
TJ Pura/Josh Levine (Duke) def. Dylan Comerford/Peter Nagovnak (Winthrop) 6-2
Cale Hammond/Daniel McCall (Duke) def. Vasily Eremeev/Oleksiv Arovin (Tennessee Tech) 6-3