FORT WORTH, Texas Ė The 38th-ranked Blue Devils lost the doubles point but rallied back to claim four singles wins and come out on top 4-3 at No. 43 TCU.
“It was tough conditions today with the wind blowing hard, but we competed well as a team and for our first outdoor match I was very happy with the way the guys handled the conditions,” said head coach Ramsey Smith.
Junior Dylan Arnould was able to clinch the comeback with a three-set win over Zach Nichols at the No. 3 spot. Nichols forced the third set with a tiebreaker win in the second. However, Arnould came out on top, 6-4, in the third for the victory. Arnould is now 11-9 in singles this season.
“Dylan played well today,” said Smith. “He was down 4-3 in the third set and played three amazing games to close out the match and give us a win.”
The Blue Devils were strong at the bottom half of the lineup, winning in straight sets at the No. 4, 5 and 6 positions. Alain Michel started things off with a 6-3, 6-4 win in the sixth spot for his 10th singles win this year. His win tied the team score at 1-1. After Duke fell behind 2-1, Jared Pinsky evened things up once more with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Adrian Simon at the No. 4 position. Pinsky is now 14-8 overall.
Torsten Wietoska continued his stellar play in dual matches with a 7-6, 6-3 win to put the Blue Devils on top for the first time in the match. Wietoska has now won four straight and is 7-1 in dual match play. He is 13-5 overall in singles this year.
“Torsten winning the tiebreaker in the first set was a huge momentum boost for us,” said Smith. “We needed four singles victories and he gave us the fourth first set win by winning the tiebreaker. He keeps improving his game and is having a great year for us.”
Arnould and Reid Carleton picked up a win in doubles. The Duke pair downed Simon and Casey Powers 8-3 at the No. 2 spot.
With the win Duke improved to 6-3 on the season. Monday was the first road win of the year for the Blue Devils. The loss drops the Horned Frogs to 5-8 overall.
Duke will continue its spring break trip to Texas on Wednesday when they head to Austin to face the University of Texas at 2 p.m. (CT).
Tennis Match Results
Duke vs TCU
March 9, 2009 at Forth Worth, Texas
#38 Duke 4, #43 TCU 3
1. #26 Kriegler Brink/Slah Mbarek (TCU) def. Kiril Dimitrov/Alain Michel (DU) 9-7
2. Dylan Arnould/Reid Carleton (DU) def. Adrian Simon/Casey Powers (TCU) 8-3
3. Jack Seider/Zach Nichols (TCU) def. David Holland/Torsten Wietoska (DU) 8-2
1. #93 Slah Mbarek (TCU) def. #25 Reid Carleton (DU) 6-4, 6-7, 6-0
2. #80 Kriegler Brink (TCU) def. #53 Kiril Dimitrov (DU) 6-4, 6-1
3. Dylan Arnould (DU) def. Zach Nichols (TCU) 6-3, 6-7, 6-4
4. Jared Pinsky (DU) def. Adrian Simon (TCU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Torsten Wietoska (DU) def. Casey Powers (TCU) 7-6, 6-3
6. Alain Michel (DU) def. Jack Seider (TCU) 6-3, 6-4
Duke 5-3; National ranking #38
TCU 5-7; National ranking #43
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,2,4,5,3,1)