DURHAM, N.C. - No. 20 Duke earned the first five points of Sunday's match against No. 40 Clemson for a 5-2 victory at Ambler Tennis Stadium.
The Blue Devils improve to 14-6 on the year and 7-1 in the ACC while Clemson drops to 17-7 overall and 3-6 in league play.
A day after winning a tight 4-3 match over Georgia Tech that lasted four hours and 45 minutes, Duke didn't show any signs of tiredness as they were back at it for another ACC contest. The Blue Devils got off to a fast start by sweeping the three doubles matches. All three were won by the final score of 8-3. No. 3 Reid Carleton and Henrique Cunha extended their winning streak to 15 straight and are now 33-4 overall and 6-0 in the ACC. Dylan Arnould and David Holland earned win No. 15 on the year, improving to 7-1 in conference matches.
"I think doubles was key for us today after yesterday's tough match when we lost the doubles point and made the match come down to every one of the singles matches," said Carleton. "It was great to get that early point and a couple of quick singles matches today to seal the deal."
Junior Jared Pinsky played in his third ACC match this season and has won all three. Sunday he cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Wesley Moran at the No. 5 spot for his 13th win overall this season. Shortly after Cunha won his 12th straight singles match, defeating Derek DiFazio 6-3, 6-3 to stay undefeated in the ACC at 5-0 and improve to 27-5 for the year.
Carleton clinched the victory with a 6-2, 6-3 win against Carlos Alvarez at the No. 2 position. Carleton went 3-0 in singles this week with three quick matches. He is now 6-2 in conference matches and 17-11 overall. Luke Marchese picked up his 10th consecutive victory, 6-3, 6-3, over Moritz Dettinger at No. 6 and is now 8-0 in the ACC and 11-1 in dual matches.
"I am really trying to play more aggressively," said Carleton. "In a few of my earlier matches this season I felt like I didn't play as well and was more on the defensive side too much. I have tried to be inside the court more and not too far outside the baseline and just being smart while looking for a little more offense."
The Blue Devils will play their final home match of the year on Tuesday when they host North Carolina at 3 p.m. in Ambler Tennis Stadium. Duke's three seniors Dylan Arnould, Aaron Carpenter and David Lue will be honored prior to the match.
Tennis Match Results
Clemson vs Duke
April 11, 2010 at Durham, N.C.
#20 Duke 5, #40 Clemson 2
1. #3 Reid Carleton/Henrique Cunha (Duke) def. Gera Boryachinskiy/Derek DiFazio (Clemson) 8-3
2. #80 Dylan Arnould/David Holland (Duke) def. Rob Bizjak/Carlos Alvarez (Clemson) 8-3
3. #63 Alain Michel/Torsten Wietoska (Duke) def. Wesley Moran/Zachary Rigsby (Clemson) 8-3
1. #11 Henrique Cunha (Duke) def. Derek DiFazio (Clemson) 6-3, 6-3
2. Reid Carleton (Duke) def. Carlos Alvarez (Clemson) 6-2, 6-3
3. Kevin Galloway (Clemson) def. Torsten Wietoska (Duke) 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (8-6), 1-0 (10-6)
4. Gera Boryachinskiy (Clemson) def. #87 Dylan Arnould (Duke) 6-4, 6-3
5. Jared Pinsky (Duke) def. Wesley Moran (Clemson) 6-2, 6-0
6. Luke Marchese (Duke) def. Moritz Dettinger (Clemson) 6-3, 6-3
Clemson 17-7, 3-6 ACC; National ranking #40
Duke 14-6, 7-1 ACC; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,1,2,6,4,3)