DURHAM, N.C. - The 2011 NCAA Tournament will start up on Friday with Duke hosting one of the 16 regionals. The first match of the day will feature No. 29 Michigan and No. 44 Maryland at 9 a.m. in Ambler Tennis Stadium. The second match will start no earlier than 1 p.m. with No. 12 Duke facing George Washington.
All six of the men's and women's tennis matches this weekend will feature live video streaming on goduke.com free of charge. Streaming will begin five minutes before the start of a match and last through the conclusion of the contest. Updates on start times will be provided on the official Duke men's tennis twitter handle DukeTennis.
Tickets for each match are $5 for adults and $3 for students/seniors. Tickets can be purchased outside the stadium at the tickets tent. Parking will be available in the Blue Zone which can be accessed through the iron gate off Duke University Road.
Duke NCAA Tournament Preview
2011 NCAA Tournament
Duke is making its 20th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 21st overall in school history. The Blue Devils are hosting a regional for the 10th time. Joining Duke in the Durham regional are George Washington, Maryland and Michigan.
All-Time NCAA Tournament Results
Duke owns an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 36-20 in 21 appearances. The Blue Devils have been to the tournament in 20 straight seasons, winning at least one match every year. Duke has advanced as far as the quarterfinals, reaching the round of eight in 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2001. Last year Duke advanced to the round of 16 before losing to No. 1 Virginia in Athens, Ga.
Duke vs. the Field
The Blue Devils have played matches against two of the three teams in the Durham Regional this season. Duke split two contests with Michigan in Durham, winning the first during the ITA Kickoff Weekend, 7-0, and falling a month later, 4-3. The Blue Devils defeated Maryland in conference play, 6-1, in March. Overall Duke has a 12-8 record this season against teams in the field of 64 for the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
NCAA Individual Selections
Two Duke players have been selected to compete in the NCAA Singles & Doubles Championships. Senior Reid Carleton and sophomore Henrique Cunha each were awarded seeds for the singles draw and will also team up in doubles. For singles Cunha has been awarded the No. 8 seed and is making his second straight appearance in championships. He advanced to the semifinals last season. Carleton received a 9-16 seed and will also be making his second trip after competing in singles as a sophomore. The two players are a 5-8 seed in doubles and are coming off a trip to the quarterfinals last year.
ITA Regional Awards
Carleton and freshman Chris Mengel each received ITA Carolina Regional awards. Carleton became the second player in school history to be named ITA Regional Senior Player of the Year, joining Phillip King (2004). Mengel joins King (2001) and Cunha (2010) as the third Blue Devil to garner ITA Regional Rookie of the Year honors.
For the second straight season, Carleton and Cunha represented the Blue Devils on the list of All-ACC performers. Carleton earned his third career All-ACC selection while Cunha has been named to the team in each of his first two seasons.
Duke has notched 20 wins for the second straight season and 20th time in school history. For just the third time in school history the Blue Devils notched nine ACC wins. The total matches the school record set by the 2006 and 2010 squads.
Carleton is one of only three players in school history to record at least 100 victories in both singles and doubles. During the ACC Tournament he became the 10th player in school history to reach 100 career singles victories. He currently ranks 10th with 100 wins in his four seasons, winning 20 or more each year and a career-high 33 this season. He has 113 career doubles wins, which is tied for second all-time with current assistant coach Jonathan Stokke. Carleton is eight wins shy of the school record of 121 held by Doug Root.
Doubles Pair Ties Career Record
The top doubles team for the Blue Devils, Carleton and Cunha, have tied the school record for most career doubles victories by one duo. The two players equalled the total of 75 wins set by Peter Ayers and Rob Chess. Carleton and Cunha have compiled a 75-11 overall record in just two seasons.
Reaching 30 Wins
For just the third time in school history, three different Duke players have won at least 30 singles matches. The only other two seasons it happened were 1993 and 2001. Carleton leads the way with 33 wins, ranking tied for eighth most in a single season. Cunha is right behind with 32 and Mengel has 30. In doubles Carleton and Cunha have tallied 34 victories to rank third on the single season charts. Carleton's 37 overall doubles wins rank tied for third while Cunha's 35 is tied for sixth.
Mengel One of Top Freshmen
Mengel has put together a very impressive first year as a Blue Devil. The Pittsburgh, Pa. native has a 30-11 singles record, including a 10-1 mark in ACC play. He is one of only nine players at Duke to win 30 or more singles contests as a freshman. He also set the school's freshman record with 10 ACC wins, breaking the previous mark of nine held by Luke Marchese. The 10 wins also tied the school record. In doubles he has tallied 21 wins, becoming one of 11 Duke freshmen with 20 or more doubles victories.