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Duke Hosts No. 2 Wake Forest Sunday Afternoon
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/02/2019
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Match 12
Duke (5-6) vs. No. 2 Wake Forest (13-2)
Sunday, March 3 l 1:00 p.m.
Durham, N.C. | Ambler Tennis Stadium

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DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s tennis team aims to keep its home winning streak alive Sunday as it plays host to No. 2 Wake Forest at 1 p.m. at Ambler Tennis Stadium*.

*If necessary, the match will be moved indoors due to rain in the forecast Sunday afternoon.

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Perfect at Home

The Blue Devils are 4-0 at home this season, with wins over Elon, No. 24 Arizona State, North Carolina Central and Coastal Carolina. Duke is a combined 13-4 in its last two seasons at Sheffield/Ambler. Wake Forest has played only one true road contest this season, a loss to Virginia in non-ACC action (2-5) on February 8.

Flip a Coin: Ranked or Unranked

Of the 12 matches Duke has played (including tomorrow’s match verse Wake Forest), six have been against ranked teams, including three top-10 teams (No. 6 North Carolina twice, No. 2 Wake Forest).

Duke this Season

The Blue Devils’ match against Wake will be their second ACC contest of the season. Duke is 0-1 in ACC action while the Demon Deacons are 1-0. Junior Spencer Furman is 6-5 on the year in singles play and is currently riding a three-match winning streak. He holds a 4-5 record at number two singles and a 2-0 showing at the number three spot. Furman defeated No. 48 Josh Peck of UNC Thursday at number three singles, giving him his first win over a ranked opponent this season. In doubles, senior Jason Lapidus has a 6-4 overall record which includes a 4-3 record at the number three position.

Stachowiak Ranked

Junior Nick Stachowiak enters Sunday ranked No. 37 in singles play. He owns a 6-1 record at the number one position. Stachowiak’s lone loss came against Kentucky back on January 21 and since then has won four-straight decisions, including a top-10 victory over No. 10 Alex Brown of Illinois. He is also 4-4 in number one doubles play.

Wake Forest History

Duke leads the all-time series 85-17, however, it has dropped the last three contests against the Demon Deacons. These two teams squared off last season at Wake Forest, with the Wake coming out on top 6-1.

Scouting the Demon Deacons

Wake Forest has four players currently ranked in singles play, including three in the top 50. Petros Chrysochos ranks No. 2, Bar Botzer No. 20, Melios Efstathiou No. 40, and rounding out the four national ranked players is No. 118 Rrezart Cungu. Chrysochos is a perfect 9-0 on the year in singles action, including a 6-0 record on court number one. Botzer is nearly perfect, holding a record of 9-1 overall and 5-0 on court two in singles play. Alan Gadjiev is 8-1 overall in doubles, with a 5-1 record at the number two spot. Efstathiou is 8-2 overall in doubles and 7-2 on court three.

Smith’s Take

“It’s another great opportunity for our team on Sunday,” said head coach Ramsey Smith. “Wake is obviously a great team, but we love playing at home and our guys are excited for the challenge.”

Up Next

Duke hosts Penn on Friday at the Ambler Tennis Stadium with first serve slated for 2 p.m.

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