Durham, N.C. Ė The 15th-ranked Duke men’s tennis team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 5-2 victory over No. 73 Princeton on Tuesday as head coach Jay Lapidus squared off against his alma mater at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.
"We have played them a few times and it is always nice to play the Princeton guys," said Lapidus. "You have to have a sense of nostalgia when you see the orange and black because I played in those colors for a few years. It was fun to play them and they have a great group of guys. They are a good team and they competed very well I thought."
Duke led 5-0 before the Tigers closed out the match with two narrow victories. The Blue Devils had a strong start in singles by winning the first set in five of the six contests. Four Duke players went on to win in straight sets and put the match away.
Freshman Jared Pinsky continued his stellar play with his second straight 6-0, 6-2 victory. He moved up one slot to No. 5 and defeated Ryan Kim. Pinsky is now 3-1 on the year in singles action. Dylan Arnould, a sophomore from Northampton, Mass., also had a solid win, defeating Alex Vuckovic 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 4 slot.
"I feel like we are getting better," said Lapidus. "I feel like Jared has really stepped up. He didn't play in the fall because he was hurt and now he has won 6-0, 6-2 in his last two matches. With the way he is playing he is really good. That is going to be a big help for us."
David Goulet has clinched both of Duke’s wins on the season. He did so on Tuesday with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over George Carpeni at the No. 2 position. In the No. 1 spot, Kiril Dimitrov won his fifth straight match. He downed Peter Capkovic 6-2, 6-2 to improve to 10-5 on the season.
For the second straight match the Blue Devils swept the three doubles matches. Goulet and Christopher Price earned their first win over a ranked opponent. They played in the No. 1 slot and upset Carpeni and Alex Krueger-Wyman 8-4. Reid Carleton and Dimitrov also earned an 8-4 victory against Capkovic and Vuckovic while Arnould and Alex Stone claimed an 8-6 win over Kim and Ilya Trubov.
The Blue Devils have a big weekend ahead of them. They have two matches against ranked teams. On Friday they will host No. 8 Illinois at 6 p.m. and on Sunday they will take on No. 11 Notre Dame at 1 p.m.
Final Results: Duke 5, Princeton 2
No. 1: David Goulet/Christopher Price (Duke) def. #37 George Carpeni/Alex Krueger-Wyman (Princeton) 8-4
No. 2: Reid Carleton/Kiril Dimitrov (Duke) def. Peter Capkovic/Alex Vuckovic (Princeton) 8-4
No. 3: Dylan Arnould/Alex Stone (Duke) def. Ryan Kim/Ilya Trubov (Princeton) 8-6
No. 1: Kiril Dimitrov (Duke) def. Peter Capkovic (Princeton) 6-2, 6-2
No. 2: David Goulet (Duke) def. George Carpeni (Princeton) 6-4, 6-3*
No. 3: Alex Krueger-Wyman (Princeton) def. Reid Carleton (Duke) 6-7 (8-6), 7-6 (5), 7-5
No. 4: Dylan Arnould (Duke) def. Alex Vuckovic (Princeton) 6-1, 6-2
No. 5: Jared Pinsky (Duke) def. Ryan Kim (Princeton) 6-0, 6-2
No. 6: Charlie Brosens (Princeton) def. Alex Stone (Duke) 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (5)
Order of Finish:
Doubles: 1, 2, 3
Singles: 5, 4, 2*, 1, 6, 3