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Blue Devils Claim 6-1 Victory Over VCU
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 01/24/2009
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Torsten Wietoska earned key wins in doubles and singles
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DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 32 Duke men’s tennis team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 6-1 victory over No. 35 Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.

The Blue Devils used a tight finish in doubles to gain momentum and cruise through singles with wins in five of the six matches.

A pair of Duke freshmen came through in the clutch to give the Blue Devils the doubles point. At the No. 3 spot in the order, David Holland and Torsten Wietoska faced match point down 40-30 in the game and 7-6 in the match. The Duke pair fought back to force a tiebreaker at 8-8. Then with the score at 3-3 in the tiebreaker they rattled off four straight points to clinch the doubles point with a 9-8 (3) victory. With the win Holland and Wietoska stay undefeated with a 4-0 record.

“For the momentum of the match, the freshmen came up big,” said head coach Ramsey Smith. “They got down early and then were down match point. I was a little worried but they came through in a tough situation. We had a great crowd and everybody was a little nervous in the beginning. Alain (Michel) and Kiril (Dimitrov) also did a good job at No. 1 and never trailed.”

The No. 38 doubles team of Kiril Dimitrov and Alain Michel also earned a win in doubles. The duo defeated Thibaut Charron and Bobo Delemark, 8-5, to improve to 8-6 on the year.

Duke won each of the first five singles contests, all in straight sets. Dimitrov, ranked No. 45 in the country, was the first to finish, defeating Thibaut Charron 6-1, 6-3 in the No. 2 singles match. Dimitrov took his record to 12-6 on the year. Dylan Arnould ended his match shortly after with a 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 win in the No. 3 slot shortly after for his ninth win.

Wietoska earned his first career win over a ranked opponent to clinch the victory for the Blue Devils. With a 6-1, 6-4 win over No. 98 Emil Lindgren at the No. 5 spot in the order, Wietoska improved to 8-4 on the season. Jared Pinsky also earned his first win over a ranked opponent, defeating No. 107 Nicolas Vinel 7-6 (4), 6-2 at the No. 4 position. Pinsky has won his last five matches and is now 12-5 this season. No. 25 Reid Carleton won his 14th match of the season and is 2-0 in the No. 1 spot.        

The next match for the Blue Devils will be next week on Jan. 31 at 9 a.m. when they take on No. 11 Florida State in the first round of the National Team Indoors in State College, Pa.

Duke 1, Virginia Commonwealth 0
Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center
Durham, N.C.

No. 38 Kiril Dimitrov/Alain Michel (Duke) def. Thibaut Charron/Bobo Delemark (VCU), 8-5
Benjamin Bouhana/Emil Lindgren (VCU) def. Reid Carleton/Dylan Arnould (Duke), 9-7
David Holland/Torsten Wietoska (Duke) def. Martin Schulhauser/Nicolas Vinel (VCU), 9-8 (3)
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2

1. No. 25 Reid Carleton (Duke) def. Martin Schulhauser (VCU) 6-2, 6-4
2. No. 45 Kiril Dimitrov (Duke) def. Thibaut Charron (VCU) 6-1, 6-3
3. Dylan Arnould (Duke) def. Benjamin Bouhana (VCU) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
4. Jared Pinsky (Duke) def. No. 107 Nicolas Vinel (VCU) 7-6 (4), 6-2
5. Torsten Wietoska (Duke) def. No. 98 Emil Lindgren (VCU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Bobo Delemark (VCU) def. Alain Michel (VCU) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5)
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 5, 1, 4, 6

Match Notes:
No. 32 Virginia Commonwealth - 5-0
No. 35 Duke - 1-0