CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – No. 13 Duke got off to a good start in the 2011 ACC Tournament with a 4-0 win in the quarterfinals over No. 37 Virginia Tech on Friday.
“We came ready to play,” said head coach Ramsey Smith. “It all starts with the doubles and we took a big step forward from last week with our doubles performance. That got us going and we are so good in singles that if we can win the doubles point we feel confident in winning three singles matches against anybody in the country.”
Duke (19-8) played its first match of the weekend after receiving a first round bye as the No. 3 seed. The well-rested Blue Devils took the first point in the match with wins at the No. 1 and 3 doubles positions.
Jared Pinsky and Fred Saba fell behind early, 3-1, but would break serve twice and take the match, 8-5. At the top spot, No. 7 Reid Carleton and Henrique Cunha used an early break to take an 8-6 victory over No. 61 Will Beck and Pedro Graber. The Duke pair improved to 33-5 on the season and gained their 11th win over a ranked team.
The Blue Devils won all six of the first sets in singles. It wasn’t too long into singles before Duke extended their lead as it took Carleton, the No. 13 player in the country, only 46 minutes to dispatch of his opponent at the No. 2 spot. Carleton swept the match 6-0, 6-0 and is now 32-8 on the season. He improved to 3-0 in his career in ACC Tournament singles contests.
“I have seen a player win 6-0, 6-0 when the opponent lets down midway through but this guy battled hard on every single point and is a great competitor,” said Smith. “Reid played like a warrior and didn’t give the guy an inch. You can tell how important this tournament is to him and both he and (Henrique) Cunha set the tone for us in singles and doubles.”
Shortly after Carleton finished, No. 7 Henrique Cunha closed out his match against No. 60 Luka Somen in straight sets. Cunha claimed a 6-2, 6-1 victory and is now 32-7 overall on the season with 18 wins over ranked foes. He is now 4-0 in four career ACC Tournament singles matches.
The match had a bizarre ending when officials ruled the No. 5 singles match a default in Duke’s favor. The clinching victory went to junior Torsten Wietoska, who had won the first set 6-1.
Duke advances to the semifinals where they are scheduled to take on the No. 2 seed in the tournament, North Carolina, at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Cary Tennis Park.
Senior Reid Carleton Talks About Winning 6-0, 6-0
Tennis Match Results
Virginia Tech vs Duke
Apr. 22, 2011 at Chapel Hill, N.C.
#13 Duke 4, #37 Virginia Tech 0
1. #7 Carleton/Cunha (Duke) def. #61 Will Beck/Pedro Graber (VT) 8-6
2. Holland/Mengel (Duke) vs. Lucas Oliveira/Luka Somen (VT) 6-7, unfinished
3. Pinsky/Saba (Duke) def. Patrick Daciek/Corado Tocci (VT) 8-5
1. #7 Henrique Cunha (Duke) def. #60 Luka Somen (VT) 6-2, 6-1
2. #13 Reid Carleton (Duke) def. Patrick Daciek (VT) 6-0, 6-0
3. Chris Mengel (Duke) vs. Pedro Graber (VT) 6-3, 4-3, unfinished
4. Fred Saba (Duke) vs. Will Beck (VT) 7-6 (7-4), 3-1, unfinished
5. Torsten Wietoska (Duke) def. Lucas Oliveira (VT) 6-1, 1-2, default
6. Luke Marchese (Duke) vs. Corado Tocci (VT) 6-3, 2-6, unfinished
Virginia Tech 14-11; National ranking #37
Duke 19-8; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,1,5)