No. 35 Duke (16-9) vs. No. 22 South Florida (17-8)
Friday, May 12 l 11 a.m.
Athens, Ga. | Dan Magill Tennis Complex
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DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men's tennis team makes its return to the NCAA Team Championship after missing the field in 2016. This will be the Blue Devils' 26th overall appearance in the main event and 25th showing in the last 26 seasons. Duke (16-9) plays its first match of the event Friday, May 12, against South Florida (17-8) at 11 a.m. inside the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
Should Duke defeat the Bulls on Friday morning, it would take on the winner of the Georgia versus Florida A&M match Saturday at 3 p.m.
Single-day passes for the event are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets go on sale at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex beginning one hour before the first match each day.
Versus South Florida ...
Duke owns a 5-0 advantage in the all-time series, but the teams have not met since a 5-3 Duke victory on March 1, 1992. The two have never played in NCAA Team Championship action as all five matches have been in March. Duke is 2-0 on neutral courts against the Bulls.
To end the fall season, senior TJ Pura and freshman Robert Levine split decisions against USF's top player, Sasha Gozun, at the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic. Pura fell 7-5, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the tournament while Levine capturing the championship with a 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-4 victory.
Taking on the Bulldogs ...
Georgia leads the all-time series 9-4, with the teams splitting the last four matches. Duke captured the first two meetings, in 1939 and 1948, before the Bulldogs answered with seven-straight victories, from 1959 to 1998. The last four matches, from 1999 to 2011, have alternated Duke and Georgia victories. In NCAA Team Championship history, the Bulldogs are 3-0 versus Duke.
In the last match, on May 19, 2011, in Stanford, Calif., No. 6 Georgia came away with a 4-1 victory against No. 12 Duke in the NCAA Team Championship Round of 16. The Blue Devils registered their point as Chris Mengel earned a 6-2, 6-4 victory against No. 51 Sadio Doumbia on court three.
Against Florida A&M ...
A potential second round matchup would be the first between Duke and Florida A&M.
Duke Against the American, SEC and MEAC ...
Entering this weekend's NCAA Team Championship action, the Blue Devils own a combined record of 18-2 versus current members of the American Athletic Conference, 103-92 against SEC clubs and 24-2 when facing all current Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference members.
Strength in Numbers ...
Duke is one of seven ACC teams to receive a bid to the NCAA Team Championship, joining top-seeded Wake Forest, ACC Champion and No. 2 seed Virginia, No. 9 seed North Carolina, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Louisville.
The seven clubs are tied with the Big 12 for the second most by a conference, trailing only eight selections by the SEC.
Duke Players in the NCAA Team Championship ...
The Blue Devils have two players who have taken part in an NCAA Team Championship match. Pura has the most experience of the duo, playing to a 3-1 mark in singles.
In Duke's last NCAA Team Championship appearance, in 2015, Pura clinched both of the Blue Devils' matches during the regional in Durham, helping Duke advance to the Round of 16. Pura is 0-0 in doubles action, despite playing three matches in 2015 as all three went unfinished.
Junior Nicolas Alvarez is 1-1 in singles and 1-2 in doubles action. Alvarez, ranked No. 14, defeated Stanford's No. 26 Tom Fawcett 6-4, 6-0 on court one in the regional final in 2015 to help the Blue Devils to a 4-1 win against the Cardinal.
Furman and Stachowiak to NCAA Doubles Tournament ...
Duke freshmen Spencer Furman and Nick Stachowiak will represent the Blue Devils at the NCAA Doubles Tournament. 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 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. 20 on May 4, 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.
The Blue Devils have had three or more All-ACC selections in four of the past five years. The all-league honor is the first for each of the three.
A Turnaround from 2016 ...
Duke enters this year's NCAA Team Championship with a 16-9 overall record in 2017 after finishing 11-15 a campaign ago. The Blue Devils also flipped their ACC record this year, going from 4-8 to 8-4.
The Doubles Point a Good Indicator of The End Result ...
Duke has won the doubles point 17 times during its 25 matches. The Blue Devils captured just 11 doubles points a season ago. In the 17 matches Duke has taken the early lead this year, the Blue Devils own a 13-4 record (.765 winning percentage). At the ACC Championship, Duke split its doubles points, winning against No. 20 Georgia Tech and falling against Miami.
Five with 20 or More Wins ...
Duke heads into the NCAA Team Championship having five players with 20 or more singles wins. Stachowiak leads the way with 32 victories while Pura is close behind with 30. Mateas (24) and sophomore Ryan Dickerson (22) joined the club before Furman recorded his 20th at the ACC Championship. A year ago, the Blue Devils had just three reach the 15-win plateau and just one capture 20 or more wins.
A Strong Return ...
Levine missed nearly a month of matches due to a bout with mononucleosis in March. Levine came back for the March 31 match against Florida State and the Blue Devils have gone 6-2 in overall contests since his return. Levine's return allowed Stachowiak, Pura and Dickerson to finish out the last three singles spots in the lineup.