NCAA Mens Tennis

Blue Devils Shut Out NC Central, 7-0

Middle Tennessee

DURHAM – No. 20 Duke men’s tennis closed out the weekend on a high note after defeating NC Central, 7-0, on Sunday night inside the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.   
The Blue Devils finished the weekend 2-1 after victories over Memphis on Friday night and the Eagles on Sunday. Duke dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 16 Harvard in the first match of Sunday’s doubleheader.

Duke improves to 3-1 on the season, while NC Central drops to 0-2 on the year.

How It Happened

  • The Blue Devils made quick work of the Eagles in doubles action to register the early 1-0 edge. The sophomore twin duo of Connor Krug and Jake Krug bested Shaka Cristellotti and Liam Murtaugh, 6-1, on court three in the first doubles match that finished.
  • Shortly after, senior Garrett Johns and freshman Pedro Rodenas secured the doubles point for Duke when they defeated Kareem Abdul Hakim and Neiman on court two, 6-1.
  • The doubles match between No. 49 Michael Heller and Andrew Zhang against Sebastian Pino and Oliver Saarinen went unfinished with the Blue Devils leading 4-2.
  • Senior Michael Heller continued the Blue Devils’ momentum, recording 6-0, 6-0 wins over Cristellotti on court six.
  • The next match to finish was on court two with No. 84 Rodenas earning 6-1 victories in both the first and second set over Saarinen to give Duke the 3-0 edge.
  • Connor Krug then clinched the match for the Blue Devils on court three following his 6-1, 6-2 win over Abdul Hakim.
  • Duke registered victories over the final three matches as well thanks to wins by Faris Khan, Andrew Dale and No. 4 Johns to secure the 7-0…

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