CARY, N.C. – Fifth-seeded Duke defeated 12th-seeded Boston College 4-0 in the first round of the ACC Tournament Thursday morning to advance to the quarterfinals.
“I thought it was a perfect match for us to get going in the tournament,” said head coach Ramsey Smith. “I thought we looked really good up and down the lineup. We stressed to the guys that we just needed to get the four points to advance.”
The Blue Devils will take on No. 4 seed Florida State at 9 a.m. on Friday. The opening round win improves Duke’s record to 15-7 for the season while the Eagles fall to 14-13 on the season.
“We know Florida State well because not only have we played them twice this year but we have played them so many times the last few years,” said Smith. “I feel like we are playing better as a team than we were when we lost a tough one to them at home earlier this year.”
Duke’s No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams had combined for just five matches heading into the tournament but came through with victories to give the Blue Devils the doubles point. Dylan Arnould and David Holland were 2-2 coming in and earned an 8-5 win to over Alex Skinner and Sam Wagner to clinch the doubles point. Reid Carleton and Torsten Wietoska had played together just once, losing in January, but downed Adam Davison and Akash Muppidi 8-6.
In singles Jared Pinsky made quick work of Skinner at the No. 4 spot, winning 6-2, 6-1 to improve to 21-14 for the season. Arnould made the score 3-0 with a straight set win over Erik Kreutzer 6-2, 6-3. Arnould is now 21-12 overall and is 11-6 when played at the No. 3 spot.
The clinching match came at the No. 5 when Alain Michel defeated Brendon Wong 6-4, 7-5. It was the second time this season Michel has clinched a match with both coming in the last week as he gave Duke the deciding win against Georgia Tech in a 4-3 contest. He improved to 17-12 overall and 7-2 at No. 5 in the order.
“It was the first match we have played early in the morning and it took a little while for us to adapt to it,” said Michel. “I felt like we started with a lot of energy and it was a good way to start the tournament.”
The win was also the first ACC Tournament win of head coach Ramsey Smith’s career as a head coach. Duke defeated Boston College for the second straight year in the first round. They also advanced to the quarterfinals to play Florida State last season and lost to the Seminoles 4-0.
Tennis Match Results
Boston College vs Duke
April 16, 2009 at Cary, N.C.
#26 Duke 4, Boston College 0
1. Erik Kreutzer/Thomas Nolan (BC) def. #66 Kiril Dimitrov/Alain Michel (DU) 8-6
2. #81 Dylan Arnould/David Holland (DU) def. Alex Skinner/Sam Wagner (BC) 8-5
3. Reid Carleton/Torsten Wietoska (DU) def. Adam Davison/Akash Muppidi (BC) 8-6
1. #40 Reid Carleton (DU) vs. Thomas Nolan (BC) 6-3, 4-2, unfinished
2. #53 Kiril Dimitrov (DU) vs. Akash Muppidi (BC) 4-6, 1-4, unfinished
3. Dylan Arnould (DU) def. Erik Kreutzer (BC) 6-2, 6-3
4. Jared Pinsky (DU) def. Alex Skinner (BC) 6-2, 6-1
5. Alain Michel (DU) def. Brendon Wong (BC) 6-4, 7-5
6. David Holland (DU) vs. Brian Locklear (BC) 7-5, unfinished
Boston College 14-13
Duke 15-7; National ranking #26
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,3,5)