CARY — The Duke men’s team combined for seven victories – four in doubles and three in singles play – on Friday at the 2013 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Carolina Regional at the Cary Tennis Park.
Meanwhile, N.C. State’s Robbie Mudge advanced to the round of 16 in singles and doubles.
The morning started off with two of the Blue Devils’ three doubles teams advancing to Saturday’s round of 16.
Redshirt junior Cale Hammond and sophomore Daniel McCall were impressive in their debut as a doubles team, winning a pair of tiebreakers in their matches Friday morning. The duo edged South Carolina’s Andrew Schafer and Ben Barnette 8-7 (5) and outlasted 14th-seeded Robert Dudley and Luke Johnson of Clemson 8-7 (4) to set up a meeting with UNC Wilmington’s second-seeded and 14th-ranked team of Rafael Aita and Sam Williams in Saturday’s third round.
After receiving a first-round bye as the draw’s top seed, the 11th-ranked tandem of sophomore Michael Redlicki and junior Jason Tahir cruised to an 8-3 victory over Winthrop’s Chase Altieri and Michael Chen to also earn a spot in the round of 16. The Duke pair will face ninth-seeded Brian Kowalski and Cameron Silverman of Elon Saturday.
Four Blue Devils were also in action in the third round of the singles Friday afternoon, led by 22nd-ranked and third-seeded Redlicki, who dispatched Wake Forest’s Max Kan 6-4, 6-4.
For N.C. State, the morning began with two rounds of doubles with N.C. State posting six victories. Junior Simon Norenius and freshman Parker McGuiness teamed up to win two matches on the day. The Pack duo downed Stuart Depaolo and Johan Skattum of North Carolina 8-3 before outlasting Duke’s pair of T.J. Pura and Bruno Semenzato 8-7 (2).
The ITA Carolina Regional continues at 9 a.m. Saturday with two rounds of singles play. The doubles round of 16 will be contested later in the day.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack has again climbed in the national rankings. N.C. State is now ranked 12th in the Golf World/WGCA coaches poll, the highest ranking in school history for coach Page Marsh’s program.
After being ranked 20th in the preseason, N.C. State moved up to 14th in the poll after strong showings at the Cougar Classic in South Carolina and at Vanderbilt’s Mason Rudolph Invitational.