No. 44 Duke (6-7, 0-2) vs. Virginia Tech (9-5, 0-3)
Wednesday, March 13 l 1:30 p.m.
Blacksburg, Va. | Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center
DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 44 Duke men’s tennis team’s three-match ACC road trip starts Wednesday at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center on the campus of Virginia Tech at 1:30 p.m.
Second Stint Ranked
Duke ranks No. 44 in the recent Oracle/ITA Rankings. It is the second time this season the Blue Devils have entered the top-50 (No. 50/Feb. 20).
Keeping the Momentum
After defeating its second ranked team at home Friday with a 6-1 victory over No. 23 Penn, Duke looks to keep its winning ways against the Hokies. Duke is 5-1 at home this season, but are looking for its first road win of the year. Of the Blue Devils’ 13 matches this year, seven have been against ranked opponents, including the last three. It will be Duke’s first match versus an unranked foe since downing Coastal Carolina 5-2 on February 23, 2019.
Duke this Season
The Blue Devils are 6-7 on the year and 0-2 in the ACC. Junior No. 41 Nick Stachowiak is 7-2 on the year at number one singles and boasts a 5-5 doubles mark in dual matches. Junior No. 114 Spencer Furman is 6-7 overall in singles dual play and 5-3 in doubles, including a perfect 3-0 record with junior Robert Levine. Senior Jason Lapidus holds a 7-5 overall record in doubles dual action this season.
Stachowiak on Court One
Entering this season, Stachowiak had three wins on court number one in singles dual action. This year, Stachowiak has more than doubled that mark (seven) and boasts a 10-2 career record at that spot.
Since the redone doubles lineup for Feb. 16, Duke has won three of five doubles points and has won three of five matches. Stachowiak and Lapidus have teamed up for a 3-2 record on court one, senior Catalin Mateas and sophomore Sean Sculley are 1-1 on court two, and Furman and Levine are 3-0 on court three.
Virginia Tech History
Duke leads the all-time series 28-4 and has won two straight against the Hokies. The Blue Devils are 8-2 in their last 10 matches against Virginia Tech.
Scouting the Hokies
Virginia Tech enters the match 9-5 overall and 0-3 in ACC play. No. 66 Jason Kros is 9-5 in singles play and 8-5 at the number one position. Carlo Donato is 7-2 overall and 5-2 at number four singles. In doubles action, Kros holds a 10-2 record and is 9-2 at number one doubles with teammate Brandon Perez.
“We are looking forward to this spring break week where we have three great ACC opportunities on the road,” said head coach Ramsey Smith. “Every ACC match is tough and we are preparing one match at a time. We are excited to compete at Virginia Tech tomorrow.”
Duke heads to Clemson, S.C., to take on the Tigers on Friday at 3:30 p.m. The Blue Devils end their road trip in Atlanta, Ga., with a 12 noon match against Georgia Tech on Sunday.