DURHAM, N.C. – First year head coach Ramsey Smith could not have asked for a better showing in his head coaching debut as the Duke men’s tennis team won every match in the 2009 season opener en route to a 7-0 victory over Elon.
“It is really neat having played here and I can clearly remember my first match as a player not too many years ago,” said Smith. “I remember my first match as an assistant coach and I will certainly remember this one. It is a pretty special moment and I am excited to get this year going. The guys are really fired up and have done everything we have asked them to do.”
The Blue Devils got off to a good start by winning all three doubles matches. At the No. 3 position, a pair of freshmen David Holland and Torsten Wietoska cruised to an 8-3 win to improve to 3-0 on the season. Reid Carleton and Dylan Arnould clinched the doubles point with an 8-6 victory and are now 4-1 for the year.
The No. 38 team in the country, Kiril Dimitrov and Alain Michael completed the sweep with their second victory over a ranked opponent, defeating No. 49 Damon Gooch and Philip Nemec, 8-6.
All six singles matches were won in straight sets by Duke. Arnould, a junior from Northampton, Mass., clinched the first match of the year for the Blue Devils with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Chase Helpingstine in the No. 3 spot. Carleton, ranked No. 25 in singles, earned his team-leading 13th win of the season, defeating Damon Gooch 6-4, 6-3. Dimitrov improved to 11-6 with his team-high sixth win over a ranked opponent. He downed No. 120 Oscar Podlewski 7-5, 7-5.
“That was pretty much the perfect start,” said Smith. “I am not sure I could have asked for anything more of the guys. Doubles looked really good and in singles we put he pedal down and never let up. Everyone competed great and the intensity was perfect. I thought we played a lot better than we did last weekend.”
Duke will be back in action at home on Saturday as they welcome No. 32 Virginia Commonwealth to the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center for a 6 p.m. match.
Duke 7, Elon 0
Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center
No. 38 Kiril Dimitrov/Alain Michel (Duke) def. No. 49 Damon Gooch/Philip Nemec (Elon), 8-6
Reid Carleton/Dylan Arnould (Duke) def. Chase Helpingstine/Oscar Podlewski (Elon), 8-6
David Holland/Torsten Wietoska (Duke) def. Alberto Rojas/Cody Stauffer-MacDowell (Elon), 8-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
1. No. 25 Reid Carleton (Duke) def. Damon Gooch (Elon) 6-4, 6-3
2. No. 45 Kiril Dimitrov (Duke) def. No. 120 Oscar Podlewski (Elon) 7-5, 7-5
3. Dylan Arnould (Duke) def. Chase Helpingstine (Elon) 6-2, 6-2
4. Jared Pinsky (Duke) def. C Stauffer MacDowell (Elon) 6-0, 6-3
5. Torsten Wietoska (Duke) def. Philip Nemec (Elon) 6-2, 6-1
6. Alain Michel (Duke) def. Alberto Rojas (Elon) 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 4, 5, 3, 6, 1, 2
Elon - 0-1
No. 35 Duke - 1-0