Duke, Florida State Clash in ACC Championship Thursday
DURHAM, N.C. – Less than a week removed from its ACC regular season finale against Florida State, the Duke men’s tennis team will face the Seminoles again, this time at the ACC Championships on Thursday, April 18 at 11:30 a.m. at Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C.
Duke vs Florida State Part Two
For the second time in five days, the Seminoles and Blue Devils will square off for a chance to face Virginia in the ACC Championship Quarterfinals on Friday. This past weekend, Florida State defeated Duke in Durham, 4-3, in a match that came down to the third-and-match-clinching-set on court five. The Blue Devils took the doubles point from the Seminoles and was tied 2-2 before play was moved indoors due to rain. Rana-Rhoop Singh Bhullar and sophomore Sean Sculley competed back and forth, trading points before ultimately Singh Bhullar won the third set 7-5 to clinch the match for Florida State.
Last season, the Blue Devils ended the regular season with the Seminoles and faced them in the ACC Championship Quarterfinal. Thursdays meeting will be the fourth time in two years these two teams have met.
Duke This Season
The Blue Devils finished the regular season 11-13 overall and 4-8 in ACC play. Senior Vincent Lin leads the team in dual singles wins with 11 (11-7), while junior Spencer Furman (10-11) and senior Catalin Mateas (10-12) each have double-digit dual singles victories with 10. Senior Jason Lapidus, who normally just plays doubles, has stepped up in singles play as of late and is a winner of three straight matches and is 5-5 on the season. Lapidus leads the team in dual doubles victories with 13 (13-8) and recently teamed up with Lin on court number one and gone 2-1 for the year. Furman and junior Robert Levine are 7-2 on the season in dual doubles action and 6-1 on court number three.
Florida State History
Including Sundays match, Duke leads the all-time series 30-15 against the Seminoles. Florida State has won three-straight, and these two teams will meet for the fourth time in two seasons.
Scouting the Seminoles
The Seminoles finished the regular season 17-9 overall and 6-6 in ACC action. Florida State has one ranked player in No. 41 Lucas Poullain in singles play, who is 14-3 in dual singles this season and 9-3 on court one. Alex Knaff is second on the team in dual singles victories with 12 (12-8) and is a perfect 5-0 when he plays at the number one position. In doubles, Knaff is ranked twice, as he and partner Aziz Dougaz rank No. 82 in the country, while Knaff is also ranked No. 89 with Sebastian Arcilla. The Arcilla/Knaff duo own a team-best 10-5 dual doubles record and are 10-4 on court one. Knaff and Dougaz are 2-2 on the year in dual doubles action.
“This is an exciting time of the year and we are looking forward to the ACC Championship,” said head coach Ramsey Smith. “Right off the bat we get another shot at Florida State. Obviously they were just a few points better than us this last Sunday, and we are making some adjustments to try to flip the result in our favor on Thursday.”
If the Blue Devils win Thursday, they will face two-seed Virginia at Cary Tennis Park at 11:30 a.m.