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14th-Ranked Duke Defeats UMBC in NCAA Men's Tennis Championships
The doubles point was tightly-contested and came down to the No. 2 match between UMBCís Irfan Shamasdin/ David Jackson vs. Dukeís Dylan Arnould/Ned Samuelson. The Blue Devil duo prevailed, 8-5, and also captured the No. 3 match as Peter Rodrigues/Kiril Dimitrov defeated UMBCís tandem of Chris Meyer/Fernando Ferreria, 8-1. UMBCís No. 1 team of Fredi Voorman/Nick Savage-Pollock was leading their Duke counterparts of Joey Atas/David Goulet, 6-5 when the match was halted because the doubles point had been decided.
The Blue Devils won the No. 5, No. 2 and No. 3 singles matches to capture the match. At. No. 5, Goulet defeated Savage-Pollock, 6-4, 6-1 and at No. 2, Atas, ranked No. 105 in the nation, defeated Meyer, 6-1, 6-2. In the clinching match, Rodrigues, ranked No. 79, edged
The loss ended a five-match winning streak for UMBC. Duke advances to play the winner of the East Tennessee State-Alabama match. It was the Retrieversí fifth appearance in the NCAA Championships since 2000.
Duke 4, UMBC 0 (NCAA First Round at
No. 3 Rodrigues/Dimitrov, D, def. Meyer/Ferreria, UMBC, 8-1
No. 2 Arnould/Samuelson, D, def. Shamasdin/Jackson, UMBC, 8-5
No. 1 Voorman/Savage-Pollock, UMBC led, Atas/Goulet, D, 6-5 (DNF)
No. 5 Goulet, D, def. Savage-Pollock, UMBC, 6-4, 6-1
No. 2 Atas, D, def. Meyer, UMBC, 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 Rodrigues, D, def. Jackson, UMBC, 6-2, 6-4
No. 1 Dimitrov, D, led Shamasdin, UMBC, 6-2, 2-3 (DNF)
No. 4 Arnould, D, led Voorman, UMBC, 7-5, 3-0 (DNF)
No. 6 Stone, D, led Ferreira, UMBC, 6-2, 4-3 (DNF)