Duke sweeps No. 19 Clemson in ACC play, head coach captures 100th win
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Ninth-ranked Duke men’s tennis team captured six consecutive set victories in singles, leading to a 7-0 sweep against Clemson on Friday at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center. The Blue Devils improved to 17-4 on the season and 5-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play, while Clemson fell to 14-4 for the spring and 3-2 in ACC play.
With the win against the Tigers, fifth-year head coach Ramsey Smith earned his 100th win in his tenure as head coach.
The Blue Devils were able to capture the doubles point with wins on court one and two. Clemson won the first match of the day on court three, as Hunter Harrington and Gerardo Meza defeated junior Fred Saba and freshman Daniel McCall 8-2. Duke rebounded at the top position, as the No. 1-ranked duo of Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler overwhelmed Yannick and Dominick Maden 8-3 to even the doubles score at one.
At the second position, the tandem of Jason Tahir and Michael Redlicki sealed the opening point with an 8-4 win against Zachary Rigsbee and Ayrton Wibowo.
The Blue Devils carried their momentum from doubles into the singles portion of the match, gaining the early edge against the Tigers. Hemmeler cruised in his match at the fifth position against Rigsby 6-1, 6-0 to claim the first match in singles match. The win for Hemmeler was his team-leading 28th victory of the season and his fourth consecutive. Saba pushed the Duke lead to 3-0 after he downed Harrington 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 2 spot in the lineup. A native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Saba remained perfect in ACC play this spring with a 6-0 record.
At the No. 3 position, Redlicki was able to clinch the team win for Duke with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Meza. With the win, he won his 25th match of the season and his third consecutive, as he recorded a 5-1 record in ACC play.
At the top spot in the lineup, Cunha continued his dominant senior season, as he defeated No. 17 Yannick Maden 6-4, 6-3. The win for Cunha was his 14th consecutive and his 13th against a ranked opponent for the season. Chris Mengel pushed the Duke lead to 6-0 after his 7-6 (5), 6-1 win against Dominique Maden at the fourth position, while Tahir completed the sweep for Blue Devils with a 6-4, 7-6 (6) win on court six.