Coral Gables, Fla. – After starting the season 0-7 against teams in the top-25 the Blue Devils’ men’s tennis team received their first victory against a top-25 foe with a 5-2 win at No. 20 Miami on Friday.
Duke, ranked No. 66 in the nation, improved to 5-7 overall for the season and has started out 2-0 in the ACC. The Hurricanes fall to 9-4 overall and 2-2 in league play this season.
The Blue Devils were playing on the road for their sixth straight match on the road. At the No. 1 doubles position, David Goulet and Christopher Price got Duke off to a good start with a 9-8 victory over Daniel Vallverdu and Carl Sundberg, who are ranked No. 24 in the ITA doubles rankings. It is the duo’s second victory over a ranked doubles team this season as they improved to 11-9 overall and 6-6 in dual matches.
Dylan Arnould and Alex Stone then won their third consecutive match with a 9-7 decision at No. 3 over Keith Crawley and Hector Nieto to give the Blue Devils the doubles point. The Duke pair is now 8-4 in dual match play.
Duke’s two ranked singles players each earned victories on Friday. Goulet, ranked No. 51 in singles, played in the No. 2 spot and won 6-3, 6-4 against Vivek Subramanian. Goulet is undefeated at 6-0 when playing in the second slot. He has a 12-5 overall record in singles. No. 57 Reid Carleton earned a 6-4, 6-2 decision over Crawley in the No. 3 slot. Carleton has won a team-high 18 singles contests in his first collegiate season.
Arnould and Stone also won in singles on Friday. Stone clinched the victory for Duke with a 7-5, 6-4 win over J.C. Whitner at No. 5 in the order. It is the sixth singles victory for Stone on the year. Arnould also won in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) to improve to 6-2 at the No. 4 position and 12-10 overall.
Duke will stay in the Sunshine State for another ACC match on Sunday. They will be in Tallahassee for a contest against No. 7 Florida State at noon.
Duke University Men's Tennis
Duke vs Miami (Mar 21, 2008)
#66 Duke 5, #20 Miami 2
Mar 21, 2008 at Coral Gables, Fla.
|1. #4 Daniel Vallverdu (UM) def. Kiril Dimitrov (DU) 6-2, 6-2|
|2. #51 David Goulet (DU) def. Vivek Subramanian (UM) 6-3, 6-4|
|3. #57 Reid Carleton (DU) def. Keith Crawley (UM) 6-4, 6-2|
|4. Dylan Arnould (DU) def. Carl Sundberg (UM) 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)|
|5. Alex Stone (DU) def. J.C. Whitner (UM) 7-5, 6-4|
|6. Barnabas Carrega (UM) def. Alain Michel (DU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)|
|1. David Goulet/Christopher Price (DU) def. #24 Daniel Vallverdu/Carl Sundberg (UM) 9-8|
|2. #54 Vivek Subramanian/David Rosenfeld (UM) def. Kiril Dimitrov/Reid Carleton (DU) 7-6|
|3. Alex Stone/Dylan Arnould (DU) def. Keith Crawley/Hector Nieto (UM) 9-7|
|Duke 5-7, 2-0; National ranking #66|
|Miami 9-4, 2-2; National ranking #20|
|Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,2,3,6,5,4)|