DURHAM- Men’s tennis No. 22 Duke defeated No. 60 Charlotte, 7-0, on Saturday afternoon at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.
The Blue Devils improve to 8-4 overall and have posted two straight shutout victories after beating Boston College, 7-0, on Friday in their ACC opener. Charlotte drops to 4-6 on the year.
Senior garrett johns clinched the overall match for Duke after he outpointed Coy Simon on the top court. The nationally No. 5 singles player recorded a 6-1 victory in the first set before defeating Simon 6-2 in the second for his second win of the year.
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- Duke made quick work of the 49ers during double play, securing 6-1 wins on court one and court two, respectively, to claim the point. The senior-rookie duo of Johns and Pedro Rodenas He achieved his seventh victory after beating Matias Iturbe and Abhimanyu Vannemreddy on the main court. then sophomore Connor Krug and freshman teddy truwit he earned the doubles victory over Simon and Ivan Dreycopp on court two.
- the match between faris khan and Niroop Vallabhaneni against Aditya Narayanan and Brett Gloria was left unfinished with the Blue Devils leading 5-0 when the match was cancelled.
- Rodenas set the tone in individual action, outscoring Iturbe on court two 6-0, 6-3 to extend Duke’s lead to 2-0.
- The match on court six was the next to reach the final with Khan defeating Gloria 6-0, 6-3.
- No. 5 Johns then secured the win for Duke after he earned a 6-1, 6-2 win over Simon on court one.
- The Blue Devils also claimed the last three games of the day to record the sweep after the wins of Connor Krug, andres dale and jake krug.
- Connor Krug he notched a 6-2, 6-2 win over Vannemreddy on court three to record Duke’s fifth point of the match.
- The last two matches needed a third frame to decide a winner. Dale scored a 6-4 victory in the first set of his with Dreycopp on court four, but fell in the second 6-1. He then rallied for a thrilling 11-9 super tiebreaker victory to record the win.
- jake krug he battled on court five and outscored Narayanan 6-4 in the first set before losing the second in tiebreak 7-6(5). The Lakewood Ranch, Fla. native would rally for a 10-6 super tiebreaker victory in the final frame to earn his sixth double win of the season.
- Johns scored his second decisive point of the year and the tenth of his career.
- Dale remains undefeated in double action and sits with a 5-0 ledger on the year.
- Johns and Rodenas continued to roll in the doubles action and improve their record to 8-2.
“We really set the tone with the doubles. It was much better than yesterday. We came out with great energy, great aggressiveness and I’m very happy with the way we bounced back after a sloppy game yesterday in doubles.” -Duke Head Coach ramsey smith on improving his team in doubles
“We (the team and the coaching staff) have a lot of confidence in them. Obviously Garrett (Johns) has a lot of experience and Pedro (Rodenas) feels a bit like a veteran even though this is his first two-game season. But they’ve been so consistent. I think Pedro is really learning from Garrett and (Andrew) Zhang about consistency day after day and he’s getting a lot better with it. He had a chance to play a little higher this weekend and I really took advantage of it, which was exciting to see. Again, very pleased with those two guys.” – Duke Head Coach ramsey smith about the consistency of garrett johns and Pedro Rodenas at the top of the lineup
“We took care of business on four courts with outright wins and we played extremely well and then we had two courts where we really had to push ourselves. We weren’t playing our best tennis, but I’m very proud of both of them.” guys for staying mentally strong, racing hard and pushing to the finish. Jake played some of his best tennis for the last five minutes of the match. Dale just stuck around, he’s played a lot of tiebreakers and he keeps winning them. But being in those difficult positions only makes them stronger. It’s great for them individually, it’s great for the team to just keep that momentum going. So even though the dual game is over, those are really big games and I’m very proud of both of them.” – Duke Head Coach ramsey smith in the fight of jake krug and andres dale
“We were just preaching to the guys about consistency. We’ve had a little bit of ups and downs with some of the areas that we can control. We want to come out with that high standard every time. I’m actually very excited about the month of March. We’re going to traveling a lot, six games in a row in tough environments, some indoors and some outdoors against some really good teams, so I think it’s a great opportunity to come together, put our heads down and be super brave. I’m looking forward to it.” head coach duke ramsey smith on directing teams’ attention to the heart of the game ACC
“Yesterday we didn’t have the best doubles point. The energy was a bit lower, so that was one of the main goals today. I was very proud that Jake (Krug) in the third set tiebreaker was aggressive and played in the right style.” Those games are very important for our confidence, so it was good to get the 7-0 win instead of a 5-2 win.” – Senior Duke garrett johns on his thoughts on the match
The Blue Devils will travel to Louisville and Notre Dame on March 3 and 5, respectively, for two additional ACC contests. Duke will take on the Cardinals on Friday at 4 pm before meeting the Fighting Irish on Sunday at noon.
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1. garrett johns/Pedro Rodenas (DU) def. Matias Iturbe/Abhi Vannemreddy (CLT) 6-1
2. Connor Krug/teddy truwit (DU) def. Coy Simon/Ivan Dreycopp (CLT) 6-1
3. faris khan/Niroop Vallabhaneni (DU) vs. Aditya Narayanan/Brett Gloria (CLT) 5-0, unfinished
fifteen garrett johns (DU) def. Coy Simon (CLT) 6-1, 6-2
2. Pedro Rodenas (DU) def. Matias Iturbe (CLT) 6-0, 6-3
3. Connor Krug (DU) def. Abhi Vannemreddy (CLT) 6-2, 6-2
4. andres dale (DU) def. Ivan Dreycopp (CLT) 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (11-9)
5. jake krug (DU) def. Aditya Narayanan (CLT) 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 1-0 (10-6)
6. faris khan (DU) def. Brett Gloria (CLT) 6-0, 6-3