INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Duke men's tennis freshman doubles team of Spencer Furman and Nick Stachowiak has been selected to represent Duke at the 2017 NCAA Doubles Tournament May 24-29 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
Furman and Stachowiak are one of 32 duos that will participate and one of 20 at-large selections. The two are the first Duke doubles team to reach the field since Nicolas Alvarez and Raphael Hemmeler in 2015.
The freshman pair has formed Duke's top doubles team, going 19-3 overall and 9-3 on court one. The tandem, which earned its highest ranking of No. 22 on April 18, won its first 13 matches, the longest streak for a Blue Devil pair since Henrique Cunha and Hemmeler won 16 straight from March 5 – May 16, 2013.
Furman and Stachowiak, who went 6-3 in ACC action, secured the doubles point in their first league match, downing Abraham Asaba and Jai Corbett of Virginia Tech 6-4 on court one. The two also gave Duke an early 1-0 lead against Florida State with a 6-4 win against No. 71 Dougaz and Guy Iradukunda, marking the pair's first doubles win versus a ranked duo. Furman and Stachowiak earned the highest-ranked doubles win of their careers versus No. 19 Eddy Covalschi and Josh Hagar of Notre Dame with 6-2 victory as Duke went on to upset the Fighting Irish 4-3. The Duke duo also picked up its third ranked win and clinched the doubles point with 6-4 triumph during the regular season against No. 40 Max Andrews and Jesse Flores of Miami.
On Tuesday, the NCAA announced Duke had received an at-large bid to the 2017 NCAA Team Championship. The Blue Devils will head to Athens, Ga., for the regional and open tournament action Friday, May 12 at 11 a.m. against South Florida.