HONOLULU – Freshman Nick Stachowiak continued his strong trend in Hawai’i, capturing one singles and one doubles victory to pace the Blue Devils against opponents from Ole Miss as part of the Rainbow Warrior Classic. The Blue Devils played two rounds of doubles and one round of singles against the Rebels and won two of six doubles matches and three of six singles matches.
“Today was really good overall for our team and I think it’s going to help us in the long run,” head coach Ramsey Smith said. “It was a very competitive day from start to finish. There were a whole lot of positives. We played a good team today and had a lot of good matches. We’re excited to finish the trip strong tomorrow.”
In the opening round of doubles, sophomores Catalin Mateas and Vincent Lin picked up an upset 6-1 win versus Grey Hamilton and Fabian Fallert, the No. 13 team in the country. The Rebels bounced back with two wins from Gustav Hansson and Tim Sandkaulen, ranked No. 57, 6-2 against sophomore Jason Lapidus and senior TJ Pura, as well as Ricardo Jorge and Zvonimir Babic, 6-2 versus sophomore Ryan Dickerson and freshman Robert Levine.
In the second round, all three matches went down to the wire, but the Blue Devils fell in two of the three. Mateas and Lin dropped a 6-4 decision to No. 57 Hansson and Sandkaulen. With the match even at 2-2, Ole Miss broke and held to take a 4-2 advantage. Duke held its next two games to close the gap to 4-3 and 5-4, but the Rebels served out for the win.
Freshmen Spencer Furman and Stachowiak also went down to the wire, digging out a 7-5 victory over Jorge and Babic. The set was even at 3-3 when Duke held and broke to go up 5-3. Ole Miss answered with a break and hold of its own to even the set at 5-5. The Blue Devils responded with a hold and break to end the match.
"Winning in doubles with Spencer set the tone for singles," Stachowiak said. "We sat out the first round of doubles, but we came in ready to play. We got the win and that carried over into my singles match."
The final decision went down to a tiebreaker with Ole Miss’ Hamilton and Fallert, ranked No. 13, slipping past Lapidus and Pura, 7-6 (3). Duke jumped out to a 3-1 lead before the Rebels answered with consecutive wins to even the set. The set remained even as both teams held serve. In the tiebreaker, the Rebels went ahead 6-1 before Duke rallied with two points, but Ole Miss served out for the win.
“I thought in the second round of doubles we mad some improvements and played better,” Smith said. “In singles, we did an awesome job at the end of the lineup. We had a couple guys really step up and get off the court quick.”
In singles, Stachowiak continued his strong trip to Hawai’i, topping Babic 6-1, 6-3. Stachowiak trailed 2-0 in the second set before answering with six of the last seven games.
"I was definitely a little nervous yesterday playing in the first thing that felt like a dual match," Satchowiak said. "Today I was definitely more calm on the court and played a lot better. Hopefully the team can keep the momentum going, have great matches and get some more wins tomorrow."
Dickerson finished second in singles, breezing past Robert Mounger, 6-1, 6-0. Picking up Duke’s third straight singles win was Pura with a 6-3, 7-5 triumph versus Hamilton. In the second set, Pura led 2-1 before Hamilton went on a 2-1 run to claim a 4-3 advantage. Pura had the answer, winning four of the last five games for the victory.
The Blue Devils suffered their first singles loss with Mateas dropping a 7-5, 6-3 decision to Hansson, the No. 14 player in the country. Mateas held a 4-1 advantage in the opening set before Hansson rallied for the victory. Mateas had an early led in the second set at 2-1, but Hansson took a 4-3 lead before closing out the match.
Levine and Furman each went three sets and fell to No. 83 Sandkaulen and Fallert, respectively. Levine trailed 4-1 in his opening set before rallying with five straight wins to end the set. Sandkaulen responded in the second and third sets to claim a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 win.
Furman was blanked 6-0 in his opening set before returning the favor with a 6-1 win in the second set. In the third set, Furman turned a 2-2 tie into a 4-2 lead. This time it was Fallert’s turn to rally, winning three consecutive games to go up 5-4. Furman held serve to even the set at 5-5 and the two headed to the tiebreaker at 6-6. Fallert came away with a 7-5 victory in the tiebreaker to win 6-0, 1-6, 7-6 (5) overall.
“Spencer was in a battle there and lost a tiebreaker in the third,” Smith said. “That’s as close as you can get. He played well and showed a lot of resilience after losing that first set.”
Duke finishes the competition portion of its trip Wednesday, when it faces opponents from LSU with first serve set for 2 p.m. ET.
“To be able to have a trip like this and get so many matches at the beginning of the spring and getting the guys experience in pressure situations it great,” Smith said. “These have a little bit of the feel of a dual match to give the freshmen in particular, a sense of what it’s like to be in the team setting. This is definitely going to help us move forward.”
January 10, 2017
UH Tennis Complex – Honolulu
Doubles – Round 1
Catalin Mateas/Vincent Lin (Duke) def. No. 13 Grey Hamilton/Fabian Fallert (Ole Miss) 6-1
No. 57 Gustav Hansson/Tim Sandkaulen (Ole Miss) def. Jason Lapidus/TJ Pura (Duke) 6-2
Ricardo Jorge/Zvonimir Babic (Ole Miss) def. Robert Levine/Ryan Dickerson (Duke) 6-2
Doubles – Round 2
No. 13 Hamilton/Fallert (Ole Miss) def. Lapidus/Pura (Duke) 7-6 (3)
No. 57 Hansson/Sandkaulen (Ole Miss) def. Mateas/Lin (Duke) 6-4
Spencer Furman/Nick Stachowiak (Duke) def. Jorge/Babic (Ole Miss) 7-5
No. 14 Hansson (Ole Miss) def. Mateas (Duke) 7-5, 6-3
No. 83 Sandkaulen (Ole Miss) def. Levine (Duke) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
Fallert (Ole Miss) def. Furman (Duke) 6-0, 1-6, 7-6 (5)
Stachowiak (Duke) def. Babic (Ole Miss) 6-1, 6-3
Pura (Duke) def. Hamilton (Ole Miss) 6-3, 7-5
Dickerson (Duke) def. Robert Mounger (Ole Miss) 6-1, 6-0