DURHAM, N.C. – Fifth-seeded Duke will open up the 2009 ACC Tournament in Cary, N.C. against the No. 12 seed Boston College at 9 a.m. on Thursday.
2009 ACC Tournament
The 2008-09 ACC men’s tennis tournament will be held April 16-19 at Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C. Duke will be the No. 5 seed in the tournament and will open with a first round match against 12th-seeded Boston College at 9 a.m. on Thursday.
12 ACC Championships
Duke men’s tennis has won 12 ACC Championships in its history, ranking as the second most in ACC history behind North Carolina’s 23. The Blue Devils claimed 11 of the 16 titles from 1991-2006. The school’s other championship came in 1982.
Duke vs. the Field
The Blue Devils posted a 7-4 record in ACC play this season to finish fifth in the standings. They defeated each of the bottom six teams in the leage while also falling 4-3 against the top two squads. One of their seven wins include a 7-0 victory over Boston College, their first round opponent.
Blue Devils in ACC Tournament
Since the first ACC Tournament was held in 1986, Duke has posted a league record 46 wins. The Blue Devils are 46-12 all-time in the tournament, ranking them first with a .793 winning percentage. Duke is 1-0 all-time against their opening round opponent Boston College, defeating them 4-0 in the first round last year.
First Year Head Coach
Ramsey Smith, a 2001 Duke graduate, took over as the Blue Devils’ new head coach in the summer of 2008 and has led his alma mater to a 14-7 record in his first season at the helm. Smith was an assistant coach under Jay Lapidus for three seasons before being promoted to head coach following Lapidus’ retirement from coaching.
Marchese Sets Freshman Record
Luke Marchese, a Summit, N.J. native, set a Duke freshman record with nine ACC singles victories this season. The previous record was eight by four different players. His nine conference wins are tied for the most ever by a Blue Devil, matching Peter Rodrigues who also went 9-2 in 2005-06 and 2006-07.
Four Players Post 20-Win Seasons
Four Duke players have recorded 20 wins in singles this season. Senior Kiril Dimitrov has matched a career-high with 24 wins for his second career 20-win season. He went 24-16 as a sophomore. Dylan Arnould and Reid Carleton have each recorded their second 20-win campaign. Arnould is 20-12 this year, one win shy of his 21 victories as a freshman. Carleton has back-to-back 20-win seasons, going 20-13 this year and 27-9 last season. Jared Pinsky has a career-high 20 victories, 11 more than he had last year as a freshman.
No. 1 Doubles Post Strong Finish
The Blue Devils’ No. 1 doubles team of Kiril Dimitrov and Alain Michel ended the season with four straight wins to finish with a 16-15 overall record and 5-4 ACC mark. The duo leads the team in doubles victories and have played all but three matches at the top spot in the order. Duke is 10-2 this year when winning at the No. 1 doubles spot.
Freshmen Having Big Years
Duke’s three freshmen have all given the Blue Devils a boost this season. The group is led by Luke Marchese who burst on to the scene at the start of conference play going 9-2 in the ACC and 17-5 overall. Torsten Wietoska was 8-1 in dual matches and 14-5 overall before suffering an injury that forced him to miss all 11 ACC matches. David Holland is 11-4 in singles and has been a key player in doubles with a team best 17-9 mark.
Duke In The Rankings
The Blue Devils moved up four spots to No. 26 in the ITA team rankings after winning two matches to close out the regular season. It is one spot lower than their season high ranking.