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MTEN: Duke Sweeps No. 8 Oklahoma, 4-0

Posted February 16, 2013

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— Sophomore Raphael Hemmeler won his doubles match and came from behind in singles to clinch the team win, as the ninth-ranked Duke men's tennis team knocked off No. 8 Oklahoma, 4-0, in the first round of play Friday evening at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) National Team Indoors. The Blue Devils improve to 10-1 on the season, while the Sooners fall to 5-2.

 

"I am proud of my team tonight," said head coach Ramsey Smith. "We beat a very good Oklahoma squad and the 4-0 score certainly doesn't reflect how competitive the match was. We fought extremely hard and showed a lot of toughness when it counted. We will recover tonight and prepare for another great opportunity tomorrow."

 

The Blue Devils claimed the doubles point with wins from the No. 1 and No. 3 positions in the lineup, as the team has won the doubles portion in each of its 11 contests of the season. The No. 2 duo in the nation of senior Henrique Cunha and Hemmeler claimed the first win of the evening on court one, downing Oklahoma's No. 19 duo of Costin Paval and Dane Webb, 8-3. With the win, the pair has won 16 consecutive matches dating back to the fall and owns an 8-0 ledger against ranked opponents. The pair of Fred Saba and Chris Mengel clinched the doubles point for the Blue Devils in the No. 3 position, edging Leonard Stakovosky and Peerakit Siributwong, 8-6.

 

In the No. 3 spot in the lineup, the 18th-ranked duo in the nation of Jason Tahir and Michael Redlicki held a 7-5 advantage over Oklahoma's Axel Alvarez Llamas and Guillermo Alcorta before the match was left unfinished.

 

The Blue Devils claimed the first singles victory of the match on court three, as Redlicki continued the terrific start to his rookie year overwhelming No. 119 Dane Webb, 6-2, 6-0. With the win, Redlicki now owns a 5-1 record against ranked opponents for the season. Mengel returned to the singles lineup in the No. 4 position, giving the Blue Devils a 3-0 advantage by defeating Alvarez Llamas in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.

 

After falling in the first set at the No. 5 spot in the lineup, 4-6, Hemmeler, the 57th-ranked player in the latest ITA rankings, was able to bounce back to win the next two sets to edge Oklahoma's Stakovosky, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. The win clinched the 4-0 decision for the Blue Devils. A native of Zurich, Switzerland, Hemmeler now owns a team-high 10 wins for the dual season and a 20-4 overall record

 

In the No. 2 position, Saba was trailing in the decisive third set, 3-4, against Alcorta before the match was left unfinished, 3-6, 6-4, 4-3, while Tahir's match against Siributwong was also in a third set before it was left unfinished, 6-3, 2-6, 2-1. On court one, Cunha took the first set in his match over Costin Paval before it was left unfinished in set two, 7-5, 2-5.

 

Up next, the Blue Devils will face No. 1 Virginia in Saturday's quarterfinal of the ITA National Team Indoors. The match is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. ET at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

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ORL 105
 
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ATL 99
DET 89
 
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TOR 124
MIL 81
 
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MEM 90
BOS 78
 
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OKC 77
BRK 76
 
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CLE 67
 
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LAL 59
 
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1:00pm Today
BUF 0
KSU 0
3rd
RICE 10
UTEP 3
 
1st
SDST 7
AFA 0
 
1st
UTST 7
SJST 0
 
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COC 50
TEXAM 59
Final
DREX 70
USC 72
Final
GWEBB 72
CLEM 70
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MIAMI 79
AKR 51
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UCONN 75
DAY 64
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NEV 60
SHU 68
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LONG 81
UNCG 79
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ARKPB 46
VALPO 59
 
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WVU 70
BC 66
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TOWS 58
CCST 49
 
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YALE 70
ILLCH 58
 
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IOWA 63
SYR 66
 
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HAMP 82
ALCOR 69
 
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ODU 70
LSU 61
 
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KENT 89
BU 65
 
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SCAR 63
CHAR 65
 
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UVA 59
GWU 42
 
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WCU 72
HIWASSEE 53
 
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GT 78
MAST 69
 
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RIDE 78
LEH 74
 
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MSU 87
LOYC 52
 
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CMICH 76
MAINE 48
 
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BUF 0
MNTST 0
 
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BAY 60
PVU 45
 
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HOF 66
USB 65
 
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OREG 78
TOL 68
 
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UGA 82
TROY 60
 
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STAN 89
UNLV 60
 
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FAIR 36
WOFF 54
 
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EMICH 71
YOUNG 62
 
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MON 73
COOK 50
 
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FIU 74
FLMEM 48
 
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KSU 74
SILL 51
 
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CAL 55
TEX 71
 
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GMAS 56
NMU 65
 
Final
ILL 107
PEAY 66
 
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ARK 94
DELST 64
 
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MCNST 85
JCHR 70
 
2nd
NDST 62
KNST 55
 
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OKST 79
UWMIL 66
 
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LATU 66
MORE 54
 
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SDKST 62
NDAK 64
 
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XAV 75
STEPH 61
 
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UF 49
LAMON 43
 
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WAKE 46
IONA 57
 
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UGST 34
 
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WASU 32
IDST 31
 
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WEBER 25
ILLST 38
 
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AUB 40
LALAF 32
 
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LOU 31
MARS 23
 
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ORST 18
ORU 20
 
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SD 25
SHSU 23
 
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UTAH 47
UCR 21
 
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TEMPL 6
 
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PSU 6
 
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