DURHAM — Duke junior Jason Tahir was named the ACC mens tennis player of the week for the first time Tuesday after guiding the 10th-ranked Blue Devils to a 7-0 sweep of then-No. 19 N.C. State in their conference opener Sunday in Raleigh.
Tahir paired with sophomore Michael Redlicki in doubles to top the Wolfpacks 42nd-ranked tandem of Robbie Mudge and Ian Dempster in the No. 1 matchup, 8-7 (4). With the win, the Duke duo improved to 4-2 in dual-match play.
Tahir extended the Blue Devils match lead to 2-0 by racing to a 6-2, 6-2 defeat of No. 91 Mudge in the No. 2 singles contest. The decision marked Tahirs eighth consecutive victory and moved him to 14-4 overall.
Tahir is one of four Blue Devils players ranked nationally in singles, coming in at No. 40 in the most recent ITA Division I poll. Redlicki leads the squad at No. 30, and senior Fred Saba is 58th and sophomore Bruno Semenzato 92nd.
In doubles, Tahir and Redlicki moved up five spots from their previous national ranking of No. 33 to No. 28.
Campbell: After leading Campbell to a pair of wins, Marthinus Visser was named the Big South Conference mens tennis player of the week, and Tamara Stanic was womens tennis player of the week.
Visser, a junior, ran his singles and doubles win streaks to seven matches. He posted a 2-0 record at No. 2 singles and 2-0 at No. 3 doubles with partner Jean-Marc Krone in Campbell victories over Belmont (5-1) and Bethune-Cookman (5-2).
Visser owns the teams best singles record (8-2) in dual matches, including a 7-0 mark at No. 2. He and Krone are 7-1 in doubles play.
Stanic, a junior, improved to 10-1 on the year without losing a set in two singles victories last week. She won at the top singles position in a sweep of Savannah State. One day later, she downed Gardner-Webbs Ronia Hutterli at the third position. Stanic also moved to 8-3 in doubles play to extend her win streak with partner Natasha Afridi to four matches. She has not lost a set in Big South singles play this year.
Duke: Sophomore Motin Yeung fired a closing-round 72 to lead Duke to a ninth-place finish at the General Hackler Championship at the TPC of Myrtle Beach (S.C.). Yeung wrapped up the event with a 10-over 226. The Blue Devils posted a 314-301-298 (913).
Middle Tennessee State posted a third round-low 291 to claim the team title at 884. Kent State was two shots back and followed by Iowa State (890), East Tennessee State (896) and East Carolina (897).
Corey Conners (Kent State) and Andrew Dorn (Coastal Carolina) shared individual medalist honors with even-par 216s. Kent State's Taylor Pendrith was one shot back with Ryhs Pugh (East Tennessee State) two shots off the pace and Scott Fernandez (Iowa State), Payne McLeod (UNC Wilmington) and Robin Sciot-Siegrist (Louisville) tying for fifth at 4-over 220.