April 15, 2024
Duke Downs Men’s Tennis, 5-2
CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—Sixteenth-rated Duke won the doubles stage and went on to a 5-2 at No. 13 North Carolina on Saturday afternoon on the indoor courts at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Centre. Connor Krug gained the clinching match at No. 4 singles to give Duke the victory.
 
The Blue Devils enhanced to 16-5 in general this season, 9-1 in the Atlantic Coastline Conference with their gain. Carolina fell to 15-7, 7-3 and missed a opportunity to tie Duke for second spot in the ACC standings with two matches remaining in the frequent time.
 
Duke captured the doubles issue to start off the afternoon, handing the Tar Heels a 1- deficit for just the fifth time in 22 matches this period. Krug and Teddy Truwitt beat Benjamin Kittay and Logan Zapp, 6-1, at No. 3 doubles, then Michael Heller and Andrew Zhang defeat Will Jansen and Karl Poling, 7-5, at No. 2 for the position.
 
Duke received 4 of six to start with sets to keep its momentum to get started singles action, finally having a 2- guide when Pedro Rodenas, ranked No. 85 nationally, topped No. 30 Ryan Seggerman, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 2.
 
The Tar Heels roared back to tie the team rating at 2-2 driving singles wins from Jansen and Kittay. Jansen dominated Zhang in straight sets at No. 3 singles, 6-1 and 6-2. Kittay adopted with a 6-4, 6-4 get at No. 6 in excess of Jake Krug to excite the group and tie the rating.
 
Duke then retook the direct guiding a 7-5, 6-4 win by No. 19 Garrett Johns over No. 47 Brian Cernoch at No. 1 to make the rating 3-2. Connor Krug received the clincher at No. 4 singles, edging Poling in three sets, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5.

“We fought really hard, we bought in situation and obtained correct back in the match,” mentioned head mentor Sam Paul afterward. “We bought a sluggish get started in doubles, and then arrived correct back and ended up lifeless even at two-two. We fought back and we did enjoy a actually very good match at number 3 [by Jansen]. We got back in the match and had been in a posture to capitalize on some items. I was very pleased of how the guys fought, but credit rating to Duke for playing a superior match.”
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The Tar Heels will return to motion future weekend when they near their typical period with dwelling matches towards Florida Condition (Friday April 14 at 6 p.m.) and Miami (Sunday April 16 at 1 p.m.). The 2023 ACC Championship will be held April 19-23 in Cary, N.C.

Tennis Match Results
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Duke vs North Carolina 04/08/2023
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at Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cone-Kenfield Tennis Heart)
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#16 Duke 5, #13 North Carolina 2

Singles opposition
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1. #19 Garrett Johns (DU) def. #47 Brian Cernoch (NC) 7-5, 6-4
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2. #85 Pedro Rodenas (DU) def. #30 Ryan Seggerman (NC) 6-2, 6-2
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3. Will Jansen (NC) def. Andrew Zhang (DU) 6-1, 6-2
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4. Connor Krug (DU) def. #113 Karl Poling (NC) 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
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5. Andrew Dale (DU) def. Chris Li (NC) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
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6. Benjamin Kittay (NC) def. Jake Krug (DU) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles competition
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1. #32 Garrett Johns/Pedro Rodenas (DU) vs. #14 Ryan Seggerman/Casey Kania (NC) 6-6 (unfinished)
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2. #45 Michael Heller/Andrew Zhang (DU) def. Will Jansen/Karl Poling (NC) 7-5
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3. Connor Krug/Teddy Truwit (DU) def. Benjamin Kittay/Logan Zapp (NC) 6-1

Match Notes:
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Duke 16-5, 8-1 ACC Countrywide rating #16
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North Carolina 15-7, 7-3 ACC National ranking #13

Get of end: Doubles (3,2) Singles (2,3,6,1,4,5)
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T-3:05 A-325