DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 49 Duke men’s tennis team, winners of three straight, is looking to continue its late season success with a home match against in-state rival No. 22 NC State Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Ambler Tennis Stadium.
The Blue Devils own a 7-2 home record this season and a 3-2 home mark against ranked opponents. Duke has defeated No. 24 Arizona State, No. 23 Penn and No. 22 Notre Dame in Sheffield/Ambler this season and will face No. 22 NC State and No. 31 Florida State to end the year.
After dropping three straight, Duke has won its past three matches and improved its ACC record to 4-6 on the year. With a win Wednesday, the Blue Devils can join Virginia Tech, Florida State and Georgia Tech in a tie for sixth in the ACC standings (as of April 9).
Lapidus Record Watch
With a doubles appearance Wednesday against the Wolfpack, senior Jason Lapidus will break the school record for most ACC doubles matches played as an individual. Lapidus is currently tied with Dylan Arnould (2007-10) for first with 43 total individual ACC doubles appearances.
Senior Catalin Mateas is on fire as of late, winning three straight matches and seven of his last 10. He is tied for second on the team in dual singles wins this season with nine and leads the squad in ACC dual singles wins with six (6-4).
Duke this Season
The Blue Devils are 10-11 overall and 4-6 in conference play. Senior Vincent Lin has won five of his past six decisions in singles action and leads the team with 10 dual victories on the year (10-7). Junior Spencer Furman earned his first court one victory of the year and fourth of his career Sunday against Boston College and is tied for second with Mateas in singles dual victories on the team with nine (9-10). Lapidus leads the Blue Devils with 12 dual doubles wins on the year (12-7), while the pair of Furman and junior Robert Levine is currently on a two-match doubles winning streak and has won six decisions as a team (6-2).
NC State History
Duke leads the all-time series 104-2, with its last loss coming April 1, 1980 in Raleigh. Duke won by a score of 6-1 last season at NC State.
Scouting the Wolfpack
NC State is 15-9 overall and 6-4 in ACC play this season while owning a 3-5 away record. Alexis Galarneau is ranked No. 22 in the country in singles play, and No. 47 with partner Michael Ogden in doubles. Galarneau is tied for first on the team in dual singles wins with 14 (14-7) with Yannai Barkai (14-6). Barkai has also won four straight decisions for the Wolfpack. In dual doubles, Igor Saveljic and Ivan Saveljic are 10-5 on the season and 4-0 on court number three. Galarneau and Ogden have posted a 7-5 record this spring, all at the number one position.
“We are excited for our next opportunity tomorrow verse NC State,” said head coach Ramsey Smith. “Kyle Spencer has done a great job there and they have one of their best teams they have had in a long time. It will be a great challenge, but we are looking forward to building on the momentum we’ve created the past few weeks. Our best tennis is ahead of us.”
Duke closes the regular season against ranked ACC foe No. 29 Florida State Sunday at 1 p.m. in Ambler Tennis Stadium. The Blue Devils will also face North Carolina Central at 6 p.m. following their afternoon match against the Seminoles.