No. 5 Duke blasts Boston College
Saba enters elite status with 10th conference win of season
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- No. 5 Duke closed out its regular season slate in strong fashion Sunday, sweeping Boston College, 7-0, in Atlantic Coast Conference action. The Blue Devils finished the regular season with an overall record of 20-4 (9-2 ,ACC) to secure the No. 3 seed in the 2012 ACC Tournament.
The Blue Devils claimed the doubles point for the 17th time this season. Cale Hammond and Torsten Wietoska led Duke off the courts with an 8-3 victory against Philip Nelson and Matt Wagner in the No. 3 contest.
The duo of Fred Saba and David Holland followed with an 8-4 win from the No. 2 position, while the 28th-ranked pair of Henrique Cunha and Chris Mengel edged No. 36 Akash Muppidi and Alex Skinner, 8-7 (1). Cunha and Mengel improved to 15-7 overall and 8-3 in ACC play with the win and also notched their fifth victory against a ranked doubles team this season.
The Blue Devils extended their 1-0 lead in singles play. Mengel, ranked 36th, raced out to a 6-0, 6-1 win against Skinner on court two.
Jason Tahir also made quick work of his opponent in the No. 5 matchup, defeating the Eagles' Klaude Puestow 6-3, 6-0.
Saba clinched the match for Duke with a 6-4, 6-1 victory against Jonathan Raude in the No. 4 spot. Saba etched his name into Duke's record books after totaling 10 ACC-singles wins on the season. He is one of three Blue Devils to accomplish the feat.
Fourth-ranked Cunha picked up his 33rd singles victory, dispatching Muppidi, 6-2, 6-2, in the No. 1 contest. Cunha also improved to 19-3 from the top spot in the lineup while closing out the ACC regular season with a 9-2 ledger in league play.
Hammond remained unbeaten in dual match singles play at 5-0 with a 6-3, 7-5 win against Michael McGinnis of Boston College on court six.
Wietoska rounded out the 7-0 sweep for Duke, outlasting Nelson in a third set super-tiebreaker, 10-3 at the No. 3 spot.