DURHAM – For the first time since 2015, No. 11 Duke men’s tennis advanced to the NCAA Team Championship round of 16 after its 4-1 victory over No. 41 Cornell on Sunday afternoon at Ambler Tennis Stadium.
The Blue Devils earn another shot at No. 5 Virginia, as the two ACC foes will face off in the next round on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Virginia Tennis Facility. The Cavaliers are 2-0 against Duke this season.
Saturday’s win handed Duke it’s 12th home victory, marking its most victories since 2017. In addition, the Blue Devils shift to 27-3 as a regional host and 50-29 overall at the national tournament.
Junior Faris Khan earned his fourth match-clinching victory of the year to help Duke (22-6) earn its 26th season with 20-plus wins in program history. Cornell closed its season with an 18-7 ledger.
How It Happened
- The senior-rookie duo of No. 25 Garrett Johns and Pedro Rodenas garnered their 17th dual win of the season when they began doubles play with a 6-3 victory over Adit Sinha and Nathan Mao on the main court.
- Cornell knotted the score at one match a piece when Samuel Paquette and Petar Teodorovic defeated Connor Krug and Teddy Truwit on court two, 6-4.
- With the doubles point coming down to the outcome on court three, the junior pairing of Khan and Niroop Vallabhaneni outlasted Radu Papoe and Aman Sharma, 7-5, to give Duke the early 1-0 edge in the overall match.
- Rodenas extended the Blue Devils lead to 2-0 after he bested Vladislav Melnic on court two. The Madrid, Spain, native recorded a 6-1 victory in his opening set and then…
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