CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Duke men’s tennis team was tied 2-2 with three courts remaining, however, was unable to outlast the No. 5 Virginia Cavaliers and lost 4-2 at the Sheridan Snyder Tennis Center Friday afternoon.
Virginia improved to 15-3 overall and 6-2 in conference play, while Duke fell to 7-11 overall and 1-6 in the ACC.
In doubles play, Virginia earned the first victory on court one as Henrik Wiersholm and Brandon Nakashima defeated junior Nick Stachowiak and senior Jason Lapidus 6-2. On court three, juniors Spencer Furman and Robert Levine took a 5-4 lead over Gianni Ross and Aswin Lizen, however, the Cavalier duo bounced back to tie the game at five all. Ross and Lizen outlasted Furman and Levine, winning 7-5, putting Virginia ahead 1-0. Senior Catalin Mateas and sophomore Sean Sculley forced a tiebreaker on court two with Carl Soderlund and Matthew Lord, before doubles play was called.
In singles action, senior Vincent Lin captured his fourth-straight court six singles victory with a 6-1, 6-0 win over William Woodall. Levine gave the Blue Devils the lead, 2-1, with a 6-1, 7-5 court five victory over Lizen. The Cavaliers knotted it back up at 2-2 as Wiersholm won in three sets over Sculley 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.
On court two, No. 11 Soderlund and Furman battled to a third set after Furman took the first set and Soderlund the second. Soderlund outlasted Furman and took set three, 6-2, for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory. Mateas dropped set one 6-4 to Wiersholm but stormed back for a 7-6 (8-6) set two win, leading to a decisive third set. Wiersholm edged Mateas 6-4 and ultimately clinched the match for Virginia.
No. 63 Nakishima held a 5-3 advantage over No. 75 Stachowiak in set three on court one, but play was stopped after the court three decision, deeming court one unfinished.
in set three on court one, but play was stopped after the court three decision, deeming court one unfinished.
“I am proud of my guys,” said head coach Ramsey Smith. “It was a great college tennis match and we played and competed very well. I was impressed with how quickly we bounced back from losing the doubles point with strong wins from Bob and Vinny. It came down to dogfights on the top four courts and we just came up a little short at the end.”
The Blue Devils conclude their regular season road schedule Sunday at Louisville. First serve is set for 12 noon.