The Devil's in the details: Duke tennis programs win big, lacrosse teams take a step back

Freshman Pedro Rodenas serves in Duke's win against North Carolina April 8.
Freshman Pedro Rodenas serves in Duke's win against North Carolina April 8.

They say the devil is in the details. But in Durham, the Blue Devils are in the details — and numbers:


Duke women’s tennis is absolutely on fire. The third-ranked Blue Devils are unbeaten in their last 11 matches, improving to 22-2 overall and 11-1 in ACC action. This past weekend, Duke defeated then-No. 7 N.C. State for its 15th home win, a school record. To start the match, the Blue Devils’ doubles duo of sophomore Ellie Coleman and senior Chloe Beck clawed back from down a break to win their match 6-4 on court one. Coleman was also dominant in singles play, beating Sophie Abrams 6-4, 6-3 while never trailing. The team looks to continue its streak down the road in Chapel Hill this weekend against No. 1 North Carolina. The winner of the match will be crowned ACC regular-season champion.


Notre Dame All-ACC goalie Liam Entenmann made nine first half saves against then-No. 1 Duke men's lacrosse, shutting down a usually prolific offense. The Blue Devils’ top-recruit trio of Andrew McAdorey, Brennan O’Neill and Charles Balsamo combined for only four goals on 13 shots. Entenmann’s efforts allowed the then-second-ranked Fighting Irish to go on 7-1 run, firmly snatching an early one-goal advantage away from Duke. While the Blue Devils were more successful in the second half, they could not catch back up to Notre Dame, resulting in their second loss of the season. Duke now sits at No. 2 in the nation, with a chance to prove its status as a national title contender once more this weekend, playing host to No. 3 Virginia.


Duke women’s lacrosse now holds seven losses on the season after another ACC loss this weekend, this time at the hands of No. 12 Virginia. Senior Lexi Schmalz registered a hat trick, and redshirt senior Veronica Hineman scored with 17 seconds left in the third to make it a one goal game heading into the fourth. However, a 6-1 fourth quarter run by the Cavaliers negated the Blue Devils’ earlier efforts to keep the game within reach. Duke now holds a dismal 1-6 conference record and sits at eighth in the ACC standings. The team will have a chance to get back on track in an ACC battle against bottom-dweller Louisville Saturday.


After seemingly losing to North Carolina at every turn in the last year, Duke is slowly starting to fight back against its Tobacco Road rivals. No. 13 Duke men’s tennis did just that this weekend, defeating the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill by a final score of 5-2. The duo of Connor Krug and Teddy Truwit blew out their competition 6-1 on the doubles court three, while Andrew Zhang and Michael Heller held on to win 7-5 on the court two after allowing two straight breaks. On the singles side, senior Garrett Johns and freshman Pedro Rodenas took care of business, winning the top two singles courts. Duke will finish up ACC regular season play next weekend, hosting Miami and Florida State. 


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