DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s tennis team came within a handful of points of an upset of No. 23 Miami on Friday evening at Ambler Tennis Stadium, but ultimately fell 4-3. The Blue Devils held a 3-0 lead in the match before the Hurricanes came back with the final four singles decisions to claim the victory.
Miami climbed out of a 3-0 hole with victories on courts five, four, two and one, forcing the deciding point to court one, where Duke junior Nick Stachowiak and Miami sophomore Adria Soriano Barrera went the distance in a three-set match that broke in No. 27 Soriano Barrera’s favor, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3). In the opening set, Soriano Barrera led 2-0 and 4-1 before No. 75 Stachowiak answered with consecutive wins to cut the gap to 4-3. Soriano Barrera took two of the final three contests for the set. In the second set, Stachowiak turned a 2-2 tie into a 4-2 lead and ultimately captured the set, 6-3. The third set had Soriano Barrera lead 2-0, 3-1, 4-2 and 5-3 before Stachowiak was able to wrench away a hold and break to knot the set at 5-5. The two held on their serves and went to the tiebreaker, which Soriano Barrera led 4-0 and 5-1 en route to the match victory.
For the fourth time in five matches, Duke took an early 1-0 lead with the doubles point. The Hurricanes got the first doubles win as Dane Dunlap and Stephen Madonia topped juniors Spencer Furman and Robert Levine, 6-3, on court two. The Miami duo led 3-1 and 5-2 prior to securing the victory.
The Blue Devils answered with victories on courts one and three to capture the point. On court one, Stachowiak and senior Jason Lapidus downed Soriano Barrera and Tatsuki Shimamoto, 6-3. After the Blue Devils trailed 2-0, they ripped off six of the final seven games for the match.
Court three held the decision for Duke as senior Catalin Mateas and sophomore Sean Sculley defeated Franco Aubone and Francisco Bastias, 7-5. Mateas and Sculley hopped ahead 2-1 before pushing the edge to 4-1. Miami’s pair rallied to even the set at 4-4 and 5-5, only to have Mateas and Sculley take the final two for the point.
Once in singles, Mateas kept the momentum going with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph on court three against Dunlap to put Duke ahead 2-0. Mateas trailed 2-1 in the opening set before rolling through nine consecutive games to take control of the match.
Seconds later, the Blue Devil lead was extended to 3-0 as senior Vincent Lin downed William Grattan-Smith 6-4, 6-4 on court six. Lin took a 3-0 lead during the first set and Grattan-Smith never got closer than one game the rest of the way. The second set had Lin take another 3-0 advantage. Grattan-Smith trimmed his deficit down to one game three times, but again could not force the tie as Lin held on.
Illinois started its winning streak on court five, where Aubone defeated Levine 6-3, 7-6 (6). In the opening set, Levine trailed 2-0 before evening the set at 2-2 and 3-3. Aubone had the answer with the final three games. The second set was knotted at 1-1, 2-2 and 3-3 before Aubone led 5-3. It was Levine with the reply this time, evening the set at 5-5 and 6-6, only to see Aubone come away with the tiebreaker.
On court four, the Hurricanes picked up their second point as No. 81 Bojan Jankulovski defeated Sculley 6-2, 6-3. After a 1-1 tie in the opening set, Jankulovski opened a 5-1 lead and held off Sculley. In the second set, the two were even at 1-1 and 2-2 before Jankulovski opened a 4-2 lead. Sculley trailed by one at 4-3 and 5-4, but could not tie the set.
Miami evened the match at 3-3 on court two, where Bastias downed Furman, 6-4, 6-4. In both sets, Furman trailed 4-1 before cutting the deficit to 4-2 and inching as close as 5-4, but being unable to tie the action.
Duke returns to the court next Friday at 3 p.m., traveling to Virginia.
No. 23 Miami 4, Duke 3
March 22, 2019 at Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Stadium)
1. #27 Adria Soriano Barrera (UM) def. #75 Nick Stachowiak (DU) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3)
2. Francisco Bastias (UM) def. Spencer Furman (DU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Catalin Mateas (DU) def. Dane Dunlap (UM) 6-2, 6-2
4. #81 Bojan Jankulovski (UM) def. Sean Sculley (DU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Franco Aubone (UM) def. Robert Levine (DU) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
6. Vincent Lin (DU) def. William Grattan-Smith (UM) 6-4, 6-4
1. Nick Stachowiak/Jason Lapidus (DU) def. A. Soriano Barrera/Tatsuki Shimamoto (UM) 6-3
2. Dane Dunlap/Stephen Madonia (UM) def. Spencer Furman/Robert Levine (DU) 6-3
3. Catalin Mateas/Sean Sculley (DU) def. Franco Aubone/Francisco Bastias (UM) 7-5
University of Miami 15-4, 6-0 ACC; National ranking #23
Duke 7-10, 1-5 ACC
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,6,5,4,2,1)
Official: Matt Fox T-3:17 A-105