CLEMSON, S.C. – No. 30 Duke won five of the six singles matches on Sunday to close out the regular season with a 5-2 road victory over Clemson.
“You always want to end on a winning note and it is good for our confidence knowing we can beat these teams,” said sophomore Jared Pinsky. “It was a tough match today. Clemson is a good team and they played hard. It felt good to get a win to close out the regular season.”
The Blue Devils came away with wins at each of the first five singles positions. Three of the five ended in straight sets as Duke came from behind after Clemson won the doubles point. Three players also earned their 20th singles win of the season as the Blue Devils went 2-0 on the weekend.
Alain Michel gave the Blue Devils their first point. He made quick work of Kevin Fleck at the No. 5 spot, winning 6-3, 6-0 to improve to 16-12 on the year and 6-4 in ACC play.
Jared Pinsky and Dylan Arnould also won in straight sets. Pinsky edged Ike Belk in two consecutive tiebreakers 7-6, 7-6 to clinch the match for Duke. He picked up his 20th win of the year, including five against ACC opponents. Arnould downed Gera Boryachinskiy at the No. 3 spot 6-4, 7-5. Arnould claimed win No. 20 and ended up with an 8-3 mark against league competition.
“I had two close sets against a good player,” said Pinsky. “Going in I wanted to play aggressive and when it came down to the big points I went after it and was able to come away with the clinching win.”
Reid Carleton improved his singles record to 20-12 with a victory at the No. 1 spot over No. 115 Carlos Alvarez. It is his fifth victory over a ranked opponent. Duke’s only 20-match winner heading into Sunday was senior Kiril Dimitrov. He extended his team-leading win total to 24, rallying for a three-set win over Rob Bijzak 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. Dimitrov went 12-4 at the No. 2 spot during the regular season and ended up 7-3 in ACC play.
Duke ends the regular season with a 14-7 overall record and finish 7-4 in the ACC. Clemson falls to 11-12 overall and 3-8 in conference play. The Blue Devils’ next match will be in the ACC Tournament which will be held in Cary, N.C. beginning on Thursday.
Tennis Match Results
Duke vs Clemson
April 12, 2009 at Clemson, S.C.
#30 Duke 5, #59 Clemson 2
1. Kiril Dimitrov/Alain Michel (DU) def. Gera Boryachinskiy/Carlos Alvarez (CU) 8-7
2. Rob Bijzak/Wesley Moran (CU) def. Dylan Arnould/David Holland (DU) 8-4
3. Ike Belk/Kevin Fleck (CU) def. Reid Carleton/Jared Pinsky (DU) 8-4
1. #38 Reid Carleton (DU) def. #115 Carlos Alvarez (CU) 6-1, 1-6, 6-3
2. #55 Kiril Dimitrov (DU) def. Rob Bijzak (CU) 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
3. Dylan Arnould (DU) def. Gera Boryachinskiy (CU) 6-4, 7-5
4. Jared Pinsky (DU) def. Ike Belk (CU) 7-6, 7-6
5. Alain Michel (DU) def. Kevin Fleck (CU) 6-3, 6-0
6. Kevin Galloway (CU) def. Luke Marchese (DU) 7-6, 6-1
Duke 14-7, 7-4 ACC; National ranking #30
Clemson 11-12, 3-8 ACC; National ranking #59
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,1,3,6,4,2)