DURHAM, N.C. - The two ACC schools, Duke and Maryland, advanced out of the first round in the NCAA Championships Durham Regional on Friday at Ambler Tennis Stadium.
The site host and No. 11 overall seed in the tournament, Duke swiftly took care of business in their first round match against George Washington. After waiting around for over 1 1/2 hours after the match was originally scheduled, Duke finally hit the courts around 2:45 p.m. The wait did not affect the Blue Devils, however, as they rolled through doubles for the first point in the match.
Sophomore Henrique Cunha Postmatch Interview
All three doubles contests were dominated by Duke duos. No. 7 Reid Carleton and Henrique Cunha set the school record for career wins by one team, recording win No. 76 to pass Peter Ayers and Rob Chess. Carleton and Cunha had an 8-2 victory to make them 35-5 on the season. Playing together for just the seventh time this season, Fred Saba and Torsten Wietoska cruised to an 8-1 victory at the No. 3 spot to clinch the point. The pair is now 4-3 in those seven contests. David Holland and Chris Mengel also led 7-1 and 30-love when the point was decided.
It was all Duke in singles as well as all six first sets were won by Blue Devils. Mengel, a freshman from Pittsburgh, Pa. and recently named ITA Carolina Regional Rookie of the Year, was playing in his first career NCAA Tournament match but it didn't show. The first-year player did not drop a single game en route to a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Erik Hannah at the No. 3 spot. Mengel improved to 31-11 on the year.
Carleton and Cunha closed out their matches in straight sets to seal the 4-0 victory for Duke. Carleton picked up his team-high 34th win after beating Christopher Kushma 6-4, 6-3. It was career win No. 101, moving him into a tie for ninth on Duke's career list with Doug Root. The 34 wins are also tied for sixth most in a single season by a Blue Devil. Cunha earned his sixth match-clinching victory of the year. He is now 33-8 overall for the season.
Head Coach Ramsey Smith Postmatch Interview
Duke advances to the second round for the 20th straight season and are now 21-9 on the year. George Washington's season comes to a close with a 15-9 mark.
The earlier match of the day lasted nearly twice as long as the Duke-George Washington contest. The match featured No. 29 Michigan and No. 44 Maryland. The Terps' ranked doubles team, No. 34 John Collins and Maros Horny, were able to clinch the doubles point with an 8-6 win to put Maryland in front 1-0.
The two teams alternated the first few points in singles. No. 21 Evan King won the battle with No. 106 Horny, 6-3, 6-2, in the only match featuring two ranked players on the day. Maryland regained the lead when Jesse Kiuru claimed a straight set win at the No. 5 position. Michigan's Shaun Bernstein defeated Tommy Laine to tie the score at 2-2. After Andy Magee claimed a win in three sets to make it 3-2 Maryland, Maryland received boosts from its No. 2 and 3 players. First, John Collins rallied back to take the second set and stay on the courts at the No. 2 spot. Then Sergio Wyss closed out the win for the Terps with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Barrett Franks in the No. 4 slot.
Maryland joins Duke in the second round and improves to 13-12 on the year. Michigan ends its 2011 season with a 13-11 record.
Saturday's second round match is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in Ambler Tennis Stadium. The match will be streamed with free live video on GoDuke.com. Tickets to the event are $5 for adults and $3 for students/seniors. Parking will be available in the Blue Zone lot which can be accessed through the iron gate on Duke University Road.
Tennis Match Results
George Washington vs. Duke
May 13, 2011 at Durham, N.C.
#12 Duke 4, George Washington 0
1. #7 Reid Carleton/Henrique Cunha (DU) def. Christopher Kushma/Alexander van Gils (GW) 8-2
2. David Holland/Chris Mengel (DU) vs. Richard Blumenfeld/Erik Hannah (GW) 7-2, unfinished
3. Fred Saba/Torsten Wietoska (DU) def. Viktor Svensson/Ulrik Thomsen (GW) 8-1
1. #8 Henrique Cunha (DU) def. Yan Levinski (GW) 6-2, 6-2
2. #13 Reid Carleton (DU) def. Christopher Kushma (GW) 6-4, 6-3
3. Chris Mengel (DU) def. Erik Hannah (GW) 6-0, 6-0
4. Fred Saba (DU) vs. Ulrik Thomsen (GW) 6-3, 4-3, unfinished
5. Torsten Wietoska (DU) vs. Alexander van Gils (GW) 7-6, 2-2, unfinished
6. Luke Marchese (DU) vs. Viktor Svensson (GW) 6-3, 0-4, unfinished
George Washington 15-9
Duke 21-9; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,2,1)
Tennis Match Results
Maryland vs Michigan
May 13, 2011 at Durham, N.C.
#44 Maryland 4, #29 Michigan 2
1. #34 John Collins/Maros Horny (MD) def. Jason Jung/Shaun Bernstein (MICH) 8-6
2. Chris Cha/Evan King (MICH) def. Jesse Kiuru/Andy Magee (MD) 8-3
3. Tommy Laine/Mathias Sarrazin (MD) def. Chris Madden/Barrett Franks (MICH) 8-4
1. #21 Evan King (MICH) def. #106 Maros Horny (MD) 6-3, 6-2
2. #55 Jason Jung (MICH) vs. John Collins (MD) 6-1, 5-7, 4-1, unfinished
3. Shaun Bernstein (MICH) def. Tommy Laine (MD) 6-2, 6-4
4. Sergio Wyss (MD) def. Barrett Franks (MICH) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
5. Jesse Kiuru (MD) def. Chris Cha (MICH) 6-4, 6-1
6. Andy Magee (MD) def. Justin Rossi (MICH) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
Maryland 13-12; National ranking #44
Michigan 13-11; National ranking #29
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,5,3,6,4)