LAST TIME OUT: Duke dropped its first ACC match of the season, as the Blue Devils upset bid of top-ranked Virginia came up just short, 4-3. Senior Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler, the top-ranked doubles tandem in the country, downed Virginia’s second-ranked team of Jamere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger, 8-3. In singles, Cunha defeated 5th-ranked Jenkins, 6-4, 6-0, while Saba downed top-ranked Alex Domijan, 7-5, 7-5.
DOUBLES TEAMS IN TOP-10: Duke is the lone school in the nation to boast three doubles tandems in the top-25 of the latest ITA doubles rankings. The tandem of Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler regained the top spot in the polls Tuesday, while the pair of Jason Tahir and Michael Redlicki remained at No. 9 in the latest listing. The duo of Chris Mengel and Fred Saba are also ranked 25th.
SMITH FAST APPROACHING 100 CAREER WINS: Head coach Ramsey Smith is quickly approaching the 100th victory of his coaching tenure. After the squad posted two victories last season against Wake Forest and North Carolina, the fifth-year coach sits at 97 career wins. He would become the fourth head coach in program history to reach 100 wins, joining John LeBar (184), Steve Strome (160) and Jay Lapidus (373)
VERSUS VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies come into the weekend ranked 52nd and own an overall 10-3 record and a 2-0 mark in conference play, as the squad defeated North Carolina, 4-3, Friday. Sunday will mark the 26th all-time meeting between Duke and Virginia Tech, with the Blue Devils leading in the series, 23-2. Duke won its most recent match against the Hokies, 7-0, in Durham on March 25, 2012.
SCOUTING THE HOKIES: The Hokies boast two players ranked in singles and one ranked pair in doubles. Amerigo Contini leads the squad with a No. 73 listing, while Andreas Bjerrehus is ranked 91st. In doubles, the duo of Contini and Bjerrehus is the squad’s lone ranked tandem, as they are listed 21st.
COMING UP: Duke returns home to face Florida State at Ambler Tennis Stadium Saturday, March 30 at 11 a.m.