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Duke Blue Devils come up short against Miami

Posted Monday, March 23, 2009

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Durham, NC – For the second straight match, Duke saw most of its singles contests come down to three sets and for the second straight match the Blue Devils fell on the losing side as they dropped a 4-3 decision to Miami on Sunday at Ambler Tennis Stadium.

“We got down early and were down 3-1 but everyone fought really hard and we just came up a little short at the end,” said freshman Luke Marchese. “The fact that we pulled it so close shows how hard competing and believing can go. It was looking real grim and then we put ourselves in position to win the match.”

Marchese battled back after losing the first set to claim a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Keith Crowley at the No. 6 position. Marchese has now won seven straight singles matches, improving to 11-3 overall and 3-0 in the ACC.

“I have been playing pretty well,” said Marchese. “The nerves I had early have shaken off and I have found myself in a good place. Hopefully I can keep winning and will help our team win matches.”

The Blue Devils also received singles victories from Alain Michel and Kiril Dimitrov. Michel earned his first career win over a ranked opponent, defeating No. 90 Carl Sundberg at the No. 5 spot 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. Michel is now 11-9 on the season. Dimitrov claimed his 10th victory over a ranked foe, battling back from a first set loss to win in three sets 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 against No. 117 Christian Blocker.

Junior Dylan Arnould made his match interesting at the No. 3 spot, breaking serve to make it 5-5 in the third set. However, David Rosenfeld broke Arnould’s serve and then held to win the match 6-1, 5-7, 7-5. Arnould did pick up a victory in doubles, teaming with Reid Carleton for an 8-6 win at the No. 2 position.

The Blue Devils will play their fourth straight home match on Wednesday when they welcome Wake Forest to Durham for a 3 p.m. start.

Tennis Match Results
University of Miami vs Duke
March 22, 2009 at Durham, N.C.

#45 University of Miami 4, #28 Duke 3

Doubles

1. David Rosenfeld/Daniel Vallverdu (UM) def. Alain Michel/Kiril Dimitrov (DU) 8-2

2. Dylan Arnould/Reid Carleton (DU) def. Keith Crowley/Carl Sundberg (UM) 8-6

3. Christian Blocker/David Simon (UM) def. David Holland/Jared Pinsky (DU) 8-6

Singles

1. #29 Daniel Vallverdu (UM) def. #28 Reid Carleton (DU) 6-3, 6-2

2. Kiril Dimitrov (DU) def. #117 Christian Blocker (UM) 5-7, 7-5, 6-4

3. David Rosenfeld (UM) def. Dylan Arnould (DU) 6-1, 5-7, 7-5

4. David Simon (UM) def. Jared Pinsky (DU) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3

5. Alain Michel (DU) def. #90 Carl Sundberg (UM) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2

6. Luke Marchese (DU) def. Keith Crowley (UM) 4-6, 7-5, 6-4

Match Notes:

University of Miami 8-6; National ranking #45

Duke 8-5; National ranking #28

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,4,5,3,6,2)

 
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