No. 4 Men's Tennis tops No. 33 Duke, 5-2
March 5, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. -- No. 4 Texas (13-1) dropped the doubles point but stormed back to win five of six singles matches in a 5-2 win over No. 33 Duke (5-3) Friday afternoon at the Blue Devils’ Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.
Texas opened the match by surrendering the doubles point for the first time since Feb. 14, when the Horns dropped a 4-1 decision to Tennessee at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Duke opened with a win at third doubles, and Texas responded with a victory at second doubles, where the 22nd-ranked tandem of juniors Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico edged Dylan Arnould and David Holland in a tiebreaker. Duke’s third-ranked duo of Henrique Cunha and Reid Carleton held off UT’s fourth-ranked tandem of seniors Dimitar Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala at first doubles, 9-7 to lock up the doubles point.
The Blue Devils extended their lead to 2-0 at first singles, where the 14th-ranked Cunha topped UT’s seventh-ranked Kutrovsky by a 7-5, 6-1 count. But, Texas responded and surrendered nothing further to the Blue Devils, as the Longhorns ended the match with five consecutive singles victories.
Zavala put the Horns on the board at fifth singles, where he dealt Duke’s Pinsky a 6-3, 6-4 defeat. UT’s Corrie evened the tally at two with a 6-2, 6-2 win over the Devils’ 70th-ranked Carleton at second singles. Texas’ Andersen would put the Horns on top for good at fourth singles where he delivered a 6-2, 7-6 (5) win over Torsten Wietoska.
At third singles, UT’s Damico tallied a 6-1 opening-set win over Duke’s 63rd-ranked Arnould, but Arnould forced a third set by taking the second set, 6-4. Arnould broke Damico’s service early in the final set, but Damico broke back and held serve. The set proceeded into a tiebreaker, where Damico was victorious, 8-6 to clinch the match for the Longhorns.
The remaining match featured Texas freshman Vasko Mladenov against Duke’s Holland at sixth singles. Mladenov took the first set, 6-2, but Holland held on to take the second set, 6-4. Mladenov held a 5-2 lead in the final set, but Holland broke and held to cut his deficit to 5-4. Mladenov, however, finished off the victory in the ensuing game.
Texas travels to Charlottesville, Va., on Sunday, March 7 to take on No. 1 Virginia at 11 a.m. Central. Live scoring for the match will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
No. 4 Texas 5, No. 33 Duke 2