Raleigh, N.C. – After suffering four losses earlier this season by a 4-3 count the No. 66 Duke men’s tennis team turned their luck around on Wednesday, winning two tiebreakers to clinch the doubles point and the match in a 4-3 victory over No. 54 N.C. State to start the ACC season at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Complex in Raleigh.
The match came down to the No. 4 position with the score even at 3-3. Duke’s Dylan Arnould had won the first set on a 7-6 (9-7) tiebreaker and the Wolfpack’s Christian Welte took the second set 6-3 to bring the match down to a third and deciding set. The final set came down to the wire with the two players knotted at 6-6 leaving the match up to a tiebreaker. Arnould took control early and wound up winning 7-3 on the tiebreaker to give the Blue Devils a win in their ACC opener. The victory improved Arnould’s record to 11-10 overall and 5-2 in the No. 4 slot.
Equally as important to the outcome of the match was Arnould’s doubles victory with teammate Alex Stone. The duo have played well as of late and continued their hot streak by clinching the doubles point with a 9-8 (5) tiebreaker victory over David Chermak and Derek Stephens at the No. 3 doubles position. The win was the seventh of the season for Arnould and Stone who are 7-4 in dual matches.
Reid Carleton and Kiril Dimitrov also won in doubles. They defeated Welte and James McGee 8-3 in the No. 2 spot to improve to 8-7 overall on the season. N.C. State’s ninth-ranked duo of Nick Cavaday and Jay Weinacker won at the top doubles spot, 8-3, over David Goulet and Christopher Price.
Duke won three of the top four singles matches. The ranked player came out victorious in each of the top three spots. Goulet, ranked No. 51 in the ITA singles rankings, played at No. 2 and earned a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Cavaday to improve his record to 11-5 on the season and 5-0 in the No. 2 spot of the order. No. 57 Carleton won his team-leading 17th match of the year and is now 17-6 after winning 7-5, 6-1 against Weinacker. McGee, N.C. State’s lone ranked player, is No. 70 in the country. He defeated Dimitrov 6-1, 6-1 in the top singles slot.
With the win Duke improves to 4-7 on the year and start out conference play with a 1-0 record. N.C. State drops to 0-2 in league play and 7-8 overall.
The Blue Devils will continue the ACC slate with two matches in Florida this weekend. They take on No. 20 Miami on Friday at 3 p.m. and then No. 7 Florida State on Sunday at noon.
Duke University Men's Tennis
Duke University vs N.C. State (Mar 19, 2008)
#66 Duke University 4, #54 N.C. State 3
Mar 19, 2008 at Raleigh, N.C.
|1. #70 James McGee (NCS) def. Kiril Dimitrov (DU) 6-1, 6-2|
|2. #51 David Goulet (DU) def. Nick Cavaday (NCS) 6-4, 6-1|
|3. #57 Reid Carleton (DU) def. Jay Weinacker (NCS) 7-5, 6-1|
|4. Dylan Arnould (DU) def. Christian Welte (NCS) 7-6 (9-7), 3-6, 7-6 (7-3)|
|5. Derek Stephens (NCS) def. Alex Stone (DU) 6-4, 6-3|
|6. David Chermak (NCS) def. Jared Pinsky (DU) 6-2, 6-1|
|1. #9 Nick Cavaday/Jay Weinacker (NCS) def. David Goulet/Christopher Price (DU) 8-3|
|2. Reid Carleton/Kiril Dimitrov (DU) def. James McGee/Christian Welte (NCS) 8-3|
|3. Dylan Arnould/Alex Stone (DU) def. David Chermak/Derek Stephens (NCS) 9-8 (7-5)|
|Duke University 4-7, 1-0 ACC; National ranking #66|
|N.C. State 7-8, 0-2 ACC; National ranking #54|
|Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,2,3,5,6,4)|