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April 13, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. – Junior Reid Carleton trailed 5-2 in a third set tiebreaker with the match tied at 3-3 on Tuesday before rattling off five straight points to give No. 14 Duke a 4-3 victory over No. 19 North Carolina on Senior Day at Ambler Tennis Stadium.
Carleton had a tough road to get to the third set tiebreaker against No. 53 Jose Hernandez. He was down 4-1 earlier in the set before getting a break to make it 4-2. He then faced several break points for Hernandez to go up 5-2, but kept battling back and after a long game cut the lead to 4-3. With the score 5-4, Hernandez was serving and went up 30-love before rain started to fall. After a brief delay, the match was moved indoors to Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center. Two points away from defeat, Carleton buckled down and extended the match with a break. He then held serve to take a 6-5 lead before Hernandez forced a deciding tiebreaker.
The story of the day for the Blue Devils was their no-quit attitude as they came back from several deficits, including Carleton’s strong finish. Duke lost the doubles point to trail 1-0 in the match after Carleton and Henrique Cunha fell to No. 27 Clay Donato and Stefan Hardy in their first match as the No. 1 doubles team in the country. The loss ended a 15-match winning streak for the two Blue Devils, who suffered just their fifth loss in 38 matches this season.
Cunha also was able to bounce back from the doubles loss to help keep Duke alive in the match. North Carolina led 3-2 when Cunha rallied from a first set tiebreaker loss for a three-set win over No. 46 Donato, 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 6-2. Cunha stayed undefeated in ACC play at 6-0 and has now won 13 straight singles contests. He is 28-5 overall on the season in singles.
The two players at the bottom of the lineup came up big early in singles for the Blue Devils. Junior Jared Pinsky rolled over Zach Hunter at No. 5 in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 to improve to 4-0 in league play and 14-6 overall. Luke Marchese was down 5-4 in his second set before taking three straight games to close out his straight-set win against Andrew Crone 6-2, 7-5. Marchese is a perfect 9-0 in ACC matches this season and has won 11 straight singles contests.