DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 38 Duke men’s tennis team won back-to-back matches 7-0 in Wednesday’s doubleheader at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.
The Blue Devils won all 18 matches for a pair of 7-0 sweeps over Charlotte and N.C. Central. With the two wins Duke improves to 5-3 on the season and 4-0 at home. In the two matches, head coach Ramsey Smith switched the lineups around trying players in different spots. Three players saw action in their first dual match of the year, including junior David Lue and freshman Luke Marchese who played in their first career dual matches and each earned victories.
“It was awesome to play in my first dual match and be able to represent my school,” said Lue. “I didn’t think about it being my first match during warmups but when we started playing there was a little bit of nerves and adrenaline because it was my first match. I was pleased with my performance and was happy for the opportunity.”
The two dual matches were the first in nearly a month for the Blue Devils with the last match coming on Feb. 8.
“We were excited to get back out there,” said Lue. “When you take so much time off you don’t want to be relaxed, but we trained pretty hard these past few weeks and all the hard work paid off.”
Duke got off to a good start to the day by sweeping the doubles matches against Charlotte. At the No. 1 position, Kiril Dimitrov and Alain Michael went through the match unblemished with an 8-0 victory over Moritz Bernhoerster and Chris Huynh. David Holland and Torsten Wietoska moved up one spot in the order and claimed their first victory at No. 2 with an 8-4 victory over Michael Anders and Mirza Beciragic. Dylan Arnould and Aaron Carpenter played together for the first time in dual match play and finished the sweep of doubles with a 7-6 (12-10) tiebreaker win over Jesse Hutchinson and Charles Martin-Lecamp at the No. 3 position. The match marked Carpenter’s first dual match of the year.
The singles lineup also featured some changes for Duke that resulted in favorable results. The Blue Devils claimed straight set victories in all six singles contests. Carpenter made his first appearance in dual match play this season and was the first to finish with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Brad Clinard. Michel played singles for the first time since Jan. 24 and earned a 6-1, 6-3 win at the No. 4 position.
Wietoska, a freshman from Leer, Germany, moved up two spots in the order to the No. 3 spot and came through with a 6-0, 6-1 victory to improve to 11-5 on the season. Holland moved up one slot to No. 5 and clinched the match with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Ricky Cuellar. Arnould claimed his 10th singles victory of the year with a 6-2, 6-0 win in the No. 2 slot. Dimitrov climbed up to the No. 1 position for the first time this season and improved to 6-1 in dual match play with a 6-2, 6-3 win.
In the nightcap the Blue Devils continued their impressive play even with mixing up the lineups again. Duke took the three doubles contests to start off the match. At the No. 3 position, Carpenter and Lue played together for just the second time this season and first in dual match play, earning their first win as a duo, 8-1, over Jermaine Byrd and Jose Fabara. Holland and Wietoska won for the second time on the day at No. 2 and are now 7-2 on the year in doubles. Dimitrov and Michel won an 8-7 (3) tiebreaker in the top spot.
Just like in the first match, all six singles matches were won in straight sets by the Blue Devils. Three of the matches ended in 6-0, 6-0 finals as Holland, Carpenter and Lue all swept their opponents. Lue’s victory was his first ever dual match win in singles and also clinched the match victory for Duke. He is now 8-3 on the season. Carpenter improved to 9-2 while Holland picked up his 10th singles victory.
Wietoska earned his second win of the day and improved to 6-1 in dual matches with a 6-2, 6-1 victory at the No. 2 spot. Dimitrov defeated Jack Waissen in the top spot of the order to give him a team-high 17 singles wins. Marchese finished out the sweep with a 6-3, 6-1 victory for his first career dual match victory.
Next week the Blue Devils will be on the road for three matches in Texas. They will face TCU, Texas and Rice beginning with the Horned Frogs at 3 p.m. on Monday in Fort Worth, Texas.
Charlotte vs Duke
March 04, 2009 at Durham, N.C.
#38 Duke 7, Charlotte 0
1. Kiril Dimitrov/Alain Michel (DU) def. Moritz Bernhoerster/Chris Huynh (CHAR) 8-0
2. David Holland/Torsten Wietoska (DU) def. Michael Anders/Mirza Beciragic (CHAR) 8-4
3. Dylan Arnould/Aaron Carpenter (DU) def. Jesse Hutchinson/C. Martin-Lecamp (CHAR) 7-6 (12-10)
1. #53 Kiril Dimitrov (DU) def. Moritz Bernhoerster (CHAR) 6-2, 6-3
2. Dylan Arnould (DU) def. Michael Anders (CHAR) 6-2, 6-0
3. Torsten Wietoska (DU) def. C. Martin-Lecamp (CHAR) 6-0, 6-1
4. Alain Michel (DU) def. Anthony Davison (CHAR) 6-1, 6-3
5. David Holland (DU) def. Brad Clinard (CHAR) 6-0, 6-2
6. Aaron Carpenter (DU) def. Chris Huynh (CHAR) 6-0, 6-1
Duke 4-3; National ranking #38
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,3,5,2,4,1)
N.C. Central vs Duke
March 04, 2009 at Durham, N.C.
#38 Duke 7, N.C. Central 0
1. Kiril Dimitrov/Alain Michel (DU) def. Alejandro Espitia/Jack Waissen (NCCU) 8-7 (7-3)
2. David Holland/Torsten Wietoska (DU) def. Trey Chatman/Andres Perez (NCCU) 8-2
3. Aaron Carpenter/David Lue (DU) def. Jermaine Byrd/Jose Fabara (NCCU) 8-1
1. #53 Kiril Dimitrov (DU) def. Jack Waissen (NCCU) 6-3, 6-1
2. Torsten Wietoska (DU) def. Andres Perez (NCCU) 6-2, 6-1
3. David Holland (DU) def. Alejandro Espitia (NCCU) 6-0, 6-0
4. Luke Marchese (DU) def. Trey Chatman (NCCU) 6-3, 6-1
5. Aaron Carpenter (DU) def. Jose Fabara (NCCU) 6-0, 6-0
6. David Lue (DU) def. Jermaine Byrd (NCCU) 6-0, 6-0
N.C. Central 2-5
Duke 5-3; National ranking #38
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,5,6,2,1,4)