banner
Duke

WTEN: Duke upsets No. 9 Notre Dame, 4-3

Posted March 29

Duke Logo

The Duke men’s tennis team knocked off No. 9 Notre Dame by a 4-3 score Friday evening at the Irish’s Eck Tennis Pavilion, collecting its third win of the season over a top-20 opponent.

Trailing 1-0 in the match after Notre Dame claimed the doubles point, the Blue Devils rebounded with a strong showing in singles to improve to 11-5 overall and 3-1 in ACC action. The Fighting Irish dropped to 13-6 on the year and 3-2 in conference play with the loss.

“This is a special win for Duke tennis and I could not be prouder of my team tonight,” said head coach Ramsey Smith. “We talked before the match about competing for every point and being gritty as a team, and that is exactly what we did.”

Notre Dame jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the match after taking the doubles point and picking up an early win in singles on court six. However Duke responded with a victory in the No. 2 contest as 54th-ranked Fred Saba defeated Quentin Monaghan of the Fighting Irish, 6-2, 6-1. Junior Jason Tahir, the 48th-ranked player in the ITA singles poll, then added a point from the top spot in the lineup, taking down No. 29 Greg Andrews by scores of 6-2, 6-3, to even the match score at 2-all. Saba moved to 13-6 on the season while Tahir improved to 17-6 overall and 3-1 in conference play.

After sophomore Josh Levine surrendered a 6-4, 6-3 decision to Notre Dame’s Josh Hagar in the No. 5 slot, the Blue Devils battled back to knot the score once again at 3-all. Junior Raphael Hemmeler outlasted Ryan Bandy of the Fighting Irish in three sets on court three, winning the final set by a 7-5 margin to bring his season ledger to 13-7.

“Two of our leaders, Jason and Fred, really set the tone of focus and intensity in impressive straight-set wins,” Smith said. “Rafa [Hemmeler] saved three team match points on Bandy's serve at 3-5 in the third set and showed incredible resilience and heart.”

The match then came down to the remaining contest on court four, where 71st-ranked Bruno Semenzato and Notre Dame’s Eddy Covalschi had split the first two sets. It was Semenzato who held the upper hand in the decisive set, though, cruising to a 6-2 win to send Duke to the 4-3 team victory.

“I couldn't have been more impressed with Bruno's composure when everything was on the line,” Smith said. “He really stepped up, embraced the moment, and came through in the clutch for us.”

The Fighting Irish posted wins on courts one and three in doubles, as Hemmeler and Saba fell to Andrews and Alex Lawson, 8-5 in the No. 1 matchup and Semenzato and sophomore Daniel McCall dropped an 8-6 decision to Monaghan and Covalschi on court three.

The Blue Devils continue their ACC road trip Sunday, March 30, traveling to Dedham, Mass., to face Boston College in a 3 p.m. contest.

 

Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Newest First
View all
  • ACC: Virginia Tech at Wake Forest

    Today at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Ole Miss at Arkansas

    Today at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • BIG 12: Oklahoma State at Baylor

    Tonight at 7:30 on FOX50

  • The Logan Zone

    Tomorrow at 11:30 am on WRAL-TV

  • CBB: Appalachian State at Virginia Tech

    Today at 1:00 pm on 99.9 HD3 The Ticket

  • CFB: Wisconsin at Iowa

    Today at 3:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NHL: Hurricanes at Colorado

    Tonight at 9:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • CBB: Duke vs. Stanford

    Tonight at 9:30 on 620am

Scoreboard
Local
2:00pm Today
NCCU
NCA
 
2:00pm Today
DAVID
UNC
3:30pm Today
ECU
TULA
9:00pm Tonight
COL
CAR
9:30pm Tonight
DUKE
STAN
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
MIA
7:00pm Tonight
IND
PHO
7:30pm Tonight
NYK
PHI
7:30pm Tonight
CLE
TOR
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
DAL
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
SAC
8:30pm Tonight
SAN
BRK
8:30pm Tonight
MIL
WAS
9:00pm Tonight
UTA
NOP
12:00pm Today
UGA
CHSO
12:00pm Today
UF
EKU
12:00pm Today
OSU
IND
12:00pm Today
OKLA
KU
12:00pm Today
UAB
MARS
12:00pm Today
NEB
MINN
12:00pm Today
PURD
NW
12:00pm Today
ILL
PSU
12:00pm Today
MSU
RUTG
12:00pm Today
UCF
SMU
12:00pm Today
SCAR
SALABAMA
12:00pm Today
WKENT
TXSANANTO
12:30pm Today
WAKE
VT
1:00pm Today
ODU
LATU
1:00pm Today
ARST
WASU
1:00pm Today
CMICH
WMICH
1:30pm Today
COLST
NMU
2:00pm Today
LALAF
APPST
2:00pm Today
BST
EMICH
3:00pm Today
HOU
TULSA
3:30pm Today
UTAH
ARZ
3:30pm Today
FSU
BC
3:30pm Today
UNT
FIU
3:30pm Today
CLEM
GASTATE
3:30pm Today
ND
LOU
3:30pm Today
MICH
MD
3:30pm Today
ARK
MISS
3:30pm Today
PITT
SYR
3:30pm Today
ISU
TTU
3:30pm Today
ECU
TULA
3:30pm Today
IOWA
WISC
4:00pm Today
MEM
SFLA
4:00pm Today
CAL
STAN
4:00pm Today
NMST
LAMON
4:00pm Today
ALA
WCAR
4:30pm Today
OREG
COL
7:00pm Tonight
MTST
FATL
7:00pm Tonight
UVA
MIAMI
7:00pm Tonight
AUB
SAMF
7:30pm Tonight
TENN
MIZZ
7:30pm Tonight
BAY
OKST
7:30pm Tonight
MSST
VANDY
8:00pm Tonight
UCONN
CIN
8:00pm Tonight
UCLA
USC
10:15pm Tonight
WYO
BSU
10:30pm Tonight
NEV
FRES
10:30pm Tonight
WASH
ORST
11:00pm Tonight
HAW
UNLV
Half
PRIN 27
INCWORD 31
 
12:00pm Today
UMASS
ND
12:00pm Today
GEOR
RMU
 
12:30pm Today
LAS
PETE
1:00pm Today
VT
APP
1:00pm Today
IUPUI
BST
1:00pm Today
WMICH
DRAK
1:00pm Today
RICH
HIGH
 
1:00pm Today
MSST
UTST
2:00pm Today
CAMP
COL
 
2:00pm Today
DAVID
UNC
2:00pm Today
NIOWA
UNF
 
2:00pm Today
CSNO
SAMF
2:00pm Today
YALE
MLOWELL
 
2:30pm Today
NEV
CLEM
2:30pm Today
PROV
FSU
2:30pm Today
MARQ
NEOM
3:00pm Today
DET
SALA
3:00pm Today
TXSA
TXST
 
3:05pm Today
CHIST
TRINCHRIS
 
3:30pm Today
UMO
LIB
 
4:00pm Today
BONA
CAN
4:00pm Today
SAV
CLST
 
4:00pm Today
NW
ELON
4:00pm Today
RFLSH
MDES
 
4:00pm Today
CARK
SEMIZ
 
4:00pm Today
AFA
WSCO
 
4:30pm Today
YOUNG
LONG
 
4:30pm Today
MTST
SOUTH
 
4:30pm Today
ARKLR
UMKC
5:00pm Tonight
ABCHRIST
DUQ
 
5:00pm Tonight
WEBER
LSU
5:00pm Tonight
BUT
GHND
 
5:00pm Tonight
CSFU
SJST
5:00pm Tonight
WOFF
SD
5:00pm Tonight
NORST
TXSOU
 
5:00pm Tonight
COOK
TOWS
5:00pm Tonight
SILL
YALE
5:30pm Tonight
KNST
ALCOR
 
5:30pm Tonight
MAN
BING
5:30pm Tonight
JVST
MILES
 
5:30pm Tonight
CSOU
WRST
 
6:00pm Tonight
CITA
BOBJONES
 
6:00pm Tonight
INDST
BRO
 
6:00pm Tonight
WYO
COL
6:00pm Tonight
GSOUT
FCCOL
 
6:00pm Tonight
CCAR
PIED
 
7:00pm Tonight
LATU
AMER
7:00pm Tonight
MAR
ARMY
 
7:00pm Tonight
TENT
CHAT
 
7:00pm Tonight
EKENT
CLERMONT
 
7:00pm Tonight
SMU
EWASH
7:00pm Tonight
NIAG
HART
 
7:00pm Tonight
PENN
LAF
 
7:00pm Tonight
UCSB
MASTERS
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUCK
MNTER
 
7:00pm Tonight
VMI
UNCW
7:00pm Tonight
RIU
NEB
7:00pm Tonight
NKENTUCKY
OHMWSTRN
 
7:00pm Tonight
GTDNS
QUIN
 
7:00pm Tonight
FAIR
SHSU
7:00pm Tonight
EMICH
UNCG
 
7:00pm Tonight
ETST
UNCA
 
7:00pm Tonight
TEMPL
UNLV
7:00pm Tonight
STJOE
VERM
 
7:30pm Tonight
MON
CCST
7:30pm Tonight
KSU
ILLCH
7:30pm Tonight
LIP
TRANSYLVAN
 
7:30pm Tonight
FUR
UCD
 
8:00pm Tonight
WKENT
BEL
8:00pm Tonight
NDST
HAMP
 
8:00pm Tonight
IND
LAM
 
8:00pm Tonight
TTU
MIZST
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
MRGST
 
8:00pm Tonight
NAVY
NE
8:00pm Tonight
ALAAM
OAKW
 
8:00pm Tonight
WILL
SELA
 
8:00pm Tonight
TULA
SONO
 
8:00pm Tonight
TXPA
A
 
8:00pm Tonight
RICE
WMARY
 
8:30pm Tonight
TXARL
HOUB
 
8:30pm Tonight
MINN
UMBC
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
NMST
 
9:00pm Tonight
GONZ
STTHOM
9:00pm Tonight
SUTAH
WLVRN
 
9:30pm Tonight
PBY
MORE
9:30pm Tonight
DUKE
STAN
10:00pm Tonight
WISC
BSU
10:00pm Tonight
PORT
SIUE
 
3:00pm Today
OTT
STL
7:00pm Tonight
WAS
BUF
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
CLB
7:00pm Tonight
TOR
DET
7:00pm Tonight
TAM
MIN
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
MON
7:00pm Tonight
NYI
PIT
8:00pm Tonight
NAS
FLA
8:00pm Tonight
DAL
LOS
9:00pm Tonight
COL
CAR
10:00pm Tonight
EDM
CHI
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
NJD
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
ARI
 
2:00pm Today
NCCU
NCA