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March 18, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke took down third-ranked USC, 4-3, this afternoon at the Ambler Tennis Stadium. The Blue Devils beat three ranked singles opponents and Henrique Cunha defeated the No.1 singles player in the nation to propel Duke to victory.
Duke's last win over a top-five opponent was a 5-2 win over No. 5 North Carolina on April 11, 2007. It was also the Blue Devil's best win since a 4-1 victory over No. 1 Florida in the ITA National Team Indoors on Feb. 18, 2006.
Cunha took USC's Steve Johnson, the No. 1 player in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, to a tiebreaker and ultimately won the match, 6-4, 7-5 (7-4). It was Cunha's third win over a top-10 opponent this season.
The Blue Devils started off the match with the 44th-ranked Duke doubles tandem of Alain Michel and Torsten Wietoska winning, 8-4, over the No. 49 USC team of Jaak Poldma and Peter Lucassen. On court two, Dylan Arnould and David Holland of Duke dropped a close 8-6 doubles decision to USC's Johnson and Daniel Nguyen.
Securing the doubles point was the third-ranked doubles pair of Cunha and Reid Carleton. The Duke tandem is now 27-4 this season after dispatching the 11th-ranked doubles team of Robert Farah and JT Sundling, 8-6. Down love-30, Duke battled back to win the final match point.
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech overcame a heartbreaking doubles loss to bounce back and dominate singles in a 5-2 win Wednesday afternoon over No. 25 Nebraska at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center. Tech improved to 7-3 on the year while Nebraska dropped to 11-4.
The Hokies, ranked No. 22 nationally, lost two of the three doubles matches to drop the first point of the afternoon, then captured five of the six singles contests for the victory.
After dropping the doubles point, Tech evened the contest as Sebastien Jacques (Jr., Magog, Quebec, Canada), ranked No. 107, cruised past Andre Stenger, 6-1, 6-4 at No. 6. The Hokies took the lead for good when Corrado Degl’ Incerti Tocci (So., Reggio Emilia, Italy) won, 6-1, 6-4, over David Bendheim in the No. 3 contest and increased the advantage to 3-1 with a, 6-4, 6-2, win by Patrick Daciek (So., Severna Park, Md.) at No. 4 against Francois Van Impe.
Boston College 7, Brandeis 0
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