No. 14 Duke at No. 9 Notre Dame
Friday, March 28 l 3:30 p.m. ET
South Bend, Ind. l Eck Tennis Pavilion
No. 14 Duke at Boston College
Sunday, March 30 l 3 p.m.
Dedham, Mass. l Dedham Health and Athletic Complex
DURHAM, N.C. – The 14th-ranked Duke men’s tennis team (10-5, 2-1 ACC) embarks on a four-match road swing this weekend, beginning with trips to South Bend, Ind., to face ACC newcomer Notre Dame and to Dedham, Mass., to take on the Boston College Eagles.
Notre Dame Series History
Duke and the Fighting Irish have squared off 28 times in program history with the Blue Devils leading the series, 20-8 … Duke has won the past four meetings … The Blue Devils are 7-3 all-time when facing Notre Dame in South Bend … The two teams will meet for the first time in ACC competition.
Last Time We Met
2013 graduate Henrique Cunha captured wins in singles and doubles to lead Duke to a 4-0 victory over Notre Dame Feb. 3, 2013 at the Fighting Irish’s Eck Tennis Pavilion in South Bend … Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler won their 14th consecutive match with an 8-1 decision at No. 1 doubles and the tandem of Chris Mengel and Fred Saba followed with a victory from the No. 3 position … Cunha clinched the team win at the No. 1 spot in singles, defeating the Irish’s Wyatt McCoy, 6-1, 6-1.
Scouting the Fighting Irish
Under the direction of first-year head coach Ryan Sachire, Notre Dame has compiled a 13-5 ledger (3-1 ACC) and is ranked ninth in the ITA Division I team poll … The squad’s lone loss in conference play came at the hands of Virginia March 2 … The Fighting Irish earned a pair of victories on the road last weekend, topping Clemson 5-2 and dispatching Georgia Tech, 6-1 … Greg Andrews, the 29th-ranked singles player in the nation, leads the team with an 8-10 dual match ledger from the top spot in the lineup … Andrews and Alex Lawson form the seventh-ranked doubles pair in the latest ITA poll and have teamed up for a 10-6 record at the No. 1 spot.
Boston College Series History
The Blue Devils are 10-0 all-time against the Eagles, collecting three road wins in that span.
Last Time We Met
Bruno Semenzato picked up the first ACC singles and doubles wins of his career to help Duke sweep Boston College, 7-0, Apr. 19, 2013 at the Blue Devils’ Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center … Chris Mengel and Fred Saba secured the doubles point with an 8-2 win over the Eagles’ Billy Grokenberger and Klaus Puestow on court three … Saba clinched the match from the No. 1 spot in singles and Semenzato added a straight-sets victory in the No. 5 contest … With the decision, the Blue Devils earned their fourth consecutive 20-win season.
Scouting the Eagles
Boston College enters the weekend 10-6 overall and 2-4 in ACC competition and hosts North Carolina Friday evening before welcoming Duke Sunday … The Eagles are coming off of a 7-0 sweep of Clemson March 23 in Clemson, S.C.
Scouting the Blue Devils
Duke topped then-No. 49 Virginia Tech 5-2 last Friday before surrendering a 5-1 decision to No. 7 Virginia Sunday in a pair of ACC matches … The contest against the Cavaliers was broadcast live on ESPN3 in conjunction with USTA’s College MatchDay nationwide series … The Blue Devils dropped one spot to No. 14 in this week’s ITA team rankings … Sophomore Michael Redlicki leads a quartet of Duke players in the ITA singles poll, coming in at No. 35 … Junior Jason Tahir is ranked 48th and owns a 10-4 dual match ledger, followed by No. 54 Fred Saba and No. 71 Bruno Semenzato … Redlicki and Tahir form the nation’s 35th-ranked doubles pair.
Semenzato Reaches Career-High Ranking in Singles
Sophomore Bruno Semenzato jumped 21 spots to No. 71 in this week’s ITA Division I singles poll … The Sao Paulo, Brazil native has compiled an overall singles ledger of 22-8 while going 10-4 in dual matches … He has played primarily at the No. 4 slot in singles, posting a record of 8-2 … Semenzato also owns three wins over ranked opponents this season.
Levine Riding Win Streak
Sophomore Josh Levine owns a seven match win streak entering this weekend’s contests … A product of Syosset, N.Y., he leads the team with a 25-5 mark in singles, including a 12-2 ledger in dual matches … Levine has gone 6-1 at the No. 5 spot in the lineup and 5-1 at the No. 6 slot … He provided the lone singles win last Sunday against No. 7 Virginia, defeating the Cavaliers’ Justin Shane in three sets, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, on court five.
Saba Approaching 100-Win Mark
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native Fred Saba is nearing the 100-win milestone in singles in his fourth year with the program … He owns a career record of 94-46 in singles contests and is 83-47 in doubles play … Saba has won at least 26 singles matches in each of his previous three seasons.
“We took the positives from the Virginia match,” said head coach Ramsey Smith. “I thought we played really well. We were working on fine-tuning a couple of things this week. We’re really excited for this weekend. This is the best Notre Dame has been since I’ve been a part of college tennis. Now they’re in our conference and they’re a top-10 team this late in the season. It’s a great opportunity. [Boston College’s] coach has done a good job with their team as well.”