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Duke falls to top-seeded Virginia in the ACC semifinals

CARY, NC – No. 12 Duke men’s tennis dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 2 to top-seeded Virginia in the ACC Semifinals Saturday afternoon at Cary Tennis Park.

The loss drops Duke to 18-9 on the year, with six of their nine losses coming against top-25 opponents. Virginia improves to 22-4 and advances to its fifth straight ACC title game.

How it happened

  • The Cavaliers earned the first doubles victory of the day on court two when No. 62 Chris Rodesch and Jeffrey von der Schulenburg defeated No. 70 Michael Heller And Andrew Zhang, 6-3. The Blue Devils answered on court three next Faris Khan And Teddy Truwit recorded a 6-4 victory over Dylan Dietrich and Alexander Kiefer. The doubles point comes down to the outcome on court one, No. 1 Garrett Johns And Pedro Rodenas recorded a convincing 6-3 victory over No. 12 Inaki Montes and James Hopper to clinch the point.
  • Despite dropping the doubles point, Virginia took an early lead in the singles after wins on courts four and five, respectively. No. 45 Dietrich hit Connor Krug 6-2, 6-3 before Kiefer secured 6-2, 6-1 victories Alexander Visser.
  • The Cavaliers extend their lead to 3-0 after No. 36 Montes defeated No. 43 Rodenas 6-1, 6-4 on court two.
  • No. 4 Rodesch then secured the overall victory for Virginia when he recorded the come-from-behind victory over No. 22 Johns on the top court. Johns claimed a 6-4 victory in the first set, but dropped the next two 6-2, 6-3.
  • The match on court three between No. 51 von der Schulenburg and Zhang was left unfinished when the match was stopped in a third set.
  • Khan won his opening set against Mans Dahlberg 7-5 on court six and was tied at 5-5 in the second frame when the match was stopped.

Comments

  • Johns and Rodenas recorded their 19th dual match victory and are now 13-2 against nationally ranked opponents.
  • The duo is currently on an eleven-match winning streak.
  • Khan and Truwit teamed up for their fifth double win of the year.

Quotes

“Congratulations to Virginia. We played a really solid doubles point to get the 1-0 lead, and UVA did a great job of regaining the momentum early in the singles. They got two quick singles points on the board and the rest of the matches were Virginia was just a little bit better in the end. I love the way we competed, and I’m very encouraged by the progress we’re making. We’re excited to be able to prepare for a deep run in the NCAA over the next two weeks Tournament.” – Duke head coach Ramsey Smith about his thoughts on the match

next game

Duke now awaits its 2024 NCAA Tournament selections, which will be announced on Monday, April 29 at 6 p.m.

Results

Double (2,3,1*)
1. #1 Garrett Johns/Pedro Rodenas (DU) for sure. #12 Inaki Montes/James Hopper (VA) 6-3
2. #62 Chris Rodesch/J vd Schulenburg (VA) def. #70 Andrew Zhang/Michael Heller (DU) 6-3
3. Faris Khan/Teddy Truwit (DU) for sure. Alexander Kiefer/Dylan Dietrich (VA) 6-4

Singles (4,5,2,1*)
1. #4 Chris Rodesch (VA) def. #22 Garrett Johns (DU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
2. #36 Inaki Montes (VA) def. #43 Pedro Rodenas (DU) 6-1, 6-4
3. #51 J vd Schulenburg (VA) vs. Andrew Zhang (DU) 7-5, 2-6, 3-2, incomplete
4. #45 Dylan Dietrich (VA) def. Connor Krug (DU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Alexander Kiefer (VA) def. Alexander Visser (DU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Mans Dahlberg (VA) vs. Faris Khan (DU) 5-7, 5-5, incomplete

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