DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Ramsey Smith earned his 200th career victory as the No. 50 Blue Devil men’s tennis team defeated Coastal Carolina, 5-2, at home Saturday afternoon. Smith becomes just the second head coach in Duke men’s tennis history to achieve 200 or more wins, joining Jay Lapidus (371).
The Blue Devils now own a 4-0 record at home and improved their overall record to 5-5. Coastal Carolina dropped to 4-3 on the season.
“The support staff is great here at Duke,” said Smith. “The players have so many resources and they do the work and go out there and get the wins but it is certainly a nice milestone.”
In doubles action, junior Nick Stachowiak and senior Jason Lapidus made quick work on court number one, winning by a score of 6-1 over Zak Talic and Joel Popov. Junior Spencer Furman and sophomore Robert Levine clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 victory on court three over Gonzalo Achondo and Daiki Tanabe. The doubles point victory was the Blue Devils fifth of the season.
“Today, I thought No. 1 doubles really set the tone,” said Smith. “I was really impressed with Nick and Jason. We put them together for the first time this spring last weekend and they have played two matches now and looked really, really good and I was very impressed.”
In singles play, both senior Vincent Lin and Furman cruised to 6-0 set one victories on courts four and three, respectively. Lin trailed 2-0 in the second set to Achondo, however, before bouncing back to take a 3-2 lead and eventually closing out the second set with a 6-4 win, giving Duke its second point of the contest. Furman gave the Blue Devils their third point quickly after, winning the second set, 6-3, over Popov.
On court six, Tanabe gave the Chanticleers their first point with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Lapidus. Levine, however, was able to stop any Coastal Carolina momentum as he prevailed on court five over Lawrence Perrin, winning 6-3, 6-1 and clinching the match for Duke.
No. 37 Stachowiak ended the contest with a 6-3, 6-3 court one victory over Luiz Faria. The win for Stachowiak improved his record to 6-1 on the season. Senior Catalin Mateas led 6-4, 3-4, on court two but retired, giving Coastal its second point.
“I think doubles helped a lot today,” said Levine on his singles performance. “I have been getting a lot of doubles reps in practice, especially with Spencer, who has been my new partner for the last couple of matches. I think playing well and playing decisively in doubles carried into singles and it made me feel relaxed and go after it.”
Duke returns to action Thursday at 3 p.m. on the road at rival North Carolina to open up ACC play. The two schools met earlier this season in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, with UNC coming out on top 4-1.
No. 50 Duke 5, Coastal Carolina 2
Feb. 23, 2019 at Durham, N.C. (Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)
- #37 Nick Stachowiak (DU) def. Faria, Luiz (CCU) 6-3, 6-3
- Talic, Zak (CCU) def. Catalin Mateas (DU) 4-6, 4-3, retired
- Spencer Furman (DU) def. Popov, Joel (CCU) 6-0 6-3
- Vincent Lin (DU) def. Achonodo, Gonzalo (CCU) 6-0, 6-4
- Robert Levine (DU) def. Perrin, Lawrence (CCU) 6-3, 6-1
- Tanabe, Daiki (CCU) def. Jason Lapidus (DU) 6-3, 6-3
- Jason Lapidus/Nick Stachowiak (DU) def. Talic, Zak/Popov, Joel (CCU) 6-1
- Vincent Lin/Catalin Mateas (DU) vs. Perrin, Lawrence/Faria, Luiz (CCU) 3-4, unfinished
- Spencer Furman/Robert Levine (DU) def. Achondo, Gonzalo/Tanabe, Daiki (CCU) 6-2
Coastal Carolina 4-3
Duke 5-5; National Ranking #50
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,3,6,5,2,1)