DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s tennis team will play host to No. 23 University of Pennsylvania Friday in the Ambler Tennis Stadium* at 2 p.m.
*If necessary, the match will be moved indoors to the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center due to rain in the forecast.
Home Court Advantage
This season, the Blue Devils are 4-1 at home and a combined 13-5 record in their past two seasons in Durham. All five matches this season on campus have been played inside the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center. Duke’s one loss at home this year was last Sunday against No. 2 Wake Forest.
Road Trip Awaits
After hosting Penn, the Blue Devils head on the road for three straight conference matches, starting at Virginia Tech, Clemson and Georgia Tech.
Stachowiak and Furman Ranked
Junior Nick Stachowiak kept his name in the most recent Oracle/ITA singles rankings, coming in at No. 41. Junior Spencer Furman earned a ranking for the first time this season at No. 114. Last week, Furman defeated No. 48 Josh Peck of UNC in Chapel Hill at number three singles.
The Blue Devils This Season
Duke enters the match 5-7 overall and has lost two straight, both to teams ranked in the top-10 (No. 6 UNC & No. 2 Wake Forest). Six of the Blue Devils’ 12 matches this season have been against ranked opponents, four of which have been in the top 15 (UNC twice, Illinois and Wake Forest). Furman and junior Robert Levine are 3-0 as a duo this season at number three doubles. Stachowiak is also 6-2 at number one singles and 4-5 overall in doubles. Senior Jason Lapidus is 6-5 overall in doubles and 4-3 at the number two position.
Duke leads the all-time series 5-3. The last time these two teams met was in February of 2007, a match that resulted in a 7-0 sweep for Duke. The Blue Devils have won the past three meetings with the Quakers.
Scouting the Quakers
Penn enters the match with a record of 11-4 (as of Thursday, March 7) and ranked No. 23 in the country. The match against Duke is Penn’s fifth in five days, rounding out their North Carolina spring break trip. No. 61 Kyle Mautner is 10-1 at number one singles, while Dmitry Shatalin is 9-3 overall in singles play and 7-3 at number four singles. Max Cancilla and Aleks Huryn are a combined 5-2 in doubles this season, with a 4-2 record at the number three spot.
“Our focus with the team has been having a ‘next match’ mindset and only worrying about the things we can control,” said head coach Ramsey Smith. “We’re not looking backward, not looking ahead and keeping a full focus on preparing for the task at hand and getting 100 percent ready for the next match. Penn is a team we don’t normally play and they are having a tremendous season, so this will be a great home opportunity for our team.”
The Blue Devils head to Blacksburg, Va., to take on Virginia Tech on Wednesday in ACC action. First serve is set for 1:30 p.m.
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