DURHAM, N.C. - The No. 16 Duke men's tennis team will host a NCAA Regional Friday and Saturday and Durham as the No. 16 overall seed in the tournament. The Blue Devils open NCAA Tournament play against No. 72 Virginia Commonwealth on Friday at 1 p.m. at Ambler Tennis Stadium.
The Blue Devils are making their 19th straight NCAA appearance and 20th overall in program history. Duke is hosting for the first time since 2007 when they lost to Alabama, 4-3, in the second round.
This season the Blue Devils posted an 18-8 record, the most wins for the program since 2006 when the team went 22-7. Duke finished second in the ACC with a 9-2 record and advanced to the finals of the ACC Tournament where they lost to No. 1 Virginia, 4-2. At home the Blue Devils recorded an 8-3 mark, including a 6-1 record outdoors in Ambler Tennis Stadium. Duke defeated four top 25 teams, including No. 3 Southern California this season in Durham with the only loss coming to No. 1 Virginia, 4-3.
Duke defeated VCU, 6-1, earlier this season on the road. After sweeping the three doubles matches, Henrique Cunha, Reid Carleton, Torsten Wietoska, Jared Pinsky and David Holland all earned singles wins. The Blue Devils own a 26-3 all-time record against the Rams.
The first match on Friday will be between No. 19 North Carolina and No. 41 Nebraska at 10 a.m. The winners of the two first round matches will play each other on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Durham.
Tickets for this weekend's matches are $5 for adults and $3 for students/seniors. They can be purchased at Ambler Tennis Stadium prior to the match.