DURHAM, N.C. Ė In their final home match of the regular season, the No. 30 Duke men’s tennis team came away with a 5-2 victory over No. 75.
The match started outdoors with Duke claiming the doubles point on wins by Dylan Arnould and Reid Carleton (8-4) at No. 1 and David Holland and Jared Pinsky (8-6) at No. 2. About halfway through singles and two-and-a-half hours into the match the rain started to fall, forcing play indoors to the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.
The only singles match to have finished outside was the No. 2 match. Arnould closed out his straight set win over Andrew Orban 6-1, 6-3 just minutes before the chair umpires declared the courts were too wet for play. Arnould is now 2-0 when playing at the No. 2 spot and improved to 16-11 overall this season. He is now 4-2 in ACC play.
Shortly after moving indoors Carleton, who is ranked No. 24 in the country, finished off David Kwon in the top spot of the lineup 6-0, 6-2. Carleton earns his 19th victory of the year and evens his conference record at 3-3.
Down 3-0 Maryland made things interesting by winning the next two matches. Boris Fetbroyt defeated Alain Michel in three sets 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 4 slot and Nickolai Nielsen downed Pinsky 7-6, 6-3 at the No. 3 position. That left the final two spots in the order with both matches in their third sets.
It wasn’t long however before Duke’s hottest player Luke Marchese gave them the match victory. Marchese cruised through the third set to finish with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 victory. He stays undefeated in conference play at 6-0 and has now won 10 straight matches. He is 14-0 overall this season and 7-0 in dual match play. The final match would end up in exciting fashion as Holland rallied from down 5-2 to take five straight games and win the match 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. The victory in league play was the first of Holland’s career. He is now 11-4 overall this season.
With the win Duke has won three straight matches and is now 11-5 overall and 4-2 in the ACC. The Blue Devils played their final home match of the regular season on Saturday, ending with an 8-2 mark in Durham. Maryland falls to 7-9 overall and 1-6 in the ACC with the loss.
Prior to the match Duke honored senior Kiril Dimitrov as part of senior day. Dimitrov, a native of Sofia, Bulgaria, has helped lead the Blue Devils to 60 victories over the last four seasons. He has 78 career singles wins and 53 career doubles victories. He was named to the All-ACC squad as a sophomore after going 7-4 in singles and 10-1 in doubles against league competition. He is also a two-time All-ACC Academic team selection. This season Dimitrov leads the team with 21 singles wins, including 10 against ranked opponents.
The Blue Devils will play on the road for the first time in over two weeks when they travel to Chapel Hill on Tuesday to face North Carolina at 3 p.m.
Tennis Match Results
Maryland vs Duke
March 28, 2009 at Durham, N.C.
#30 Duke 5, #75 Maryland 2
1. Dylan Arnould/Reid Carleton (DU) def. David Kwon/Boris Fetbroyt (MD) 8-4
2. David Holland/Jared Pinsky (DU) def. Roshan Potarazu/Andrew Orban (MD) 8-6
3. Nickolai Nielsen/Mathias Sarrazin (MD) def. Aaron Carpenter/Alain Michel (DU) 8-7
1. Reid Carleton (DU) def. David Kwon (MD) 6-0, 6-2
2. Dylan Arnould (DU) def. Andrew Orban (MD) 6-1, 6-3
3. Nickolai Nielsen (MD) def. Jared Pinsky (DU) 7-6, 6-3
4. Boris Fetbroyt (MD) def. Alain Michel (DU) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
5. Luke Marchese (DU) def. Mathias Sarrazin (MD) 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
6. David Holland (DU) def. Roshan Potarazu (MD) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
Maryland 7-9; National ranking #75
Duke 11-5; National ranking #30
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,1,4,3,5,6)