Stephen Havens and the Irish will look to get back on track versus Michigan next weekend.

Irish Fall At No. 21 Duke, 7-0

Feb. 7, 2010

Box Score

DURHAM, N.C. – The Notre Dame men’s tennis team fell at 21st-ranked Duke by a 7-0 margin on Sunday afternoon to move to 3-3 on the season.

Notre Dame dropped a tough doubles decision and could not get back on track after that. The Irish took a 1-0 lead in doubles play when David Anderson (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) and Daniel Stahl (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) downed Duke’s team of Torsten Wietoska and Alain Michel at No. 3 doubles by an 8-3 score.

Duke tied doubles play with a win at No. 1 doubles, as the eighth-ranked team of Henrique Cunha and Reid Carleton beat Casey Watt (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) and junior captain Tyler Davis (Nashville, Tenn./Father Ryan), 8-4. Duke then claimed the doubles point with a win at No. 2 doubles as Dylan Arnould and David Holland knocked off Niall Fitzgerald (Wicklow, Ireland/Blackrock College) and Stephen Havens (Cincinnati, Ohio/Hill Christian School) in a marathon clinching match, 9-8 (12-10).

Duke took a 2-0 lead in the overall match when 18th-ranked Watt was forced to retire at No. 1 singles early in the second set of his match with 17th-ranked Cunha. Cuhna had edged Watt in the first set, 7-5.

The 34th-ranked Irish were then forced into a 3-0 hole when 62nd-ranked Arnould downed 95th-ranked Stahl, 6-0, 6-3 at No. 3 singles. The Blue Devils clinched the win at No. 2 singles when Carleton defeated Havens 6-4, 6-3. Havens had the first set tied at 4-4, but fell behind after that and could not recover.

Duke completed the sweep with wins at No. 4, 5 and 6 singles. 74th-ranked Blas Moros’ (Boca Raton, Fla./Pine Crest School) fell at fourth singles to Jared Pinsky 7-5, 6-2. Anderson then dropped a tough three-set decision to David Holland 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 6 singles. Fitzgerald lost a shortened match versus Alain Michel at No. 5 singles 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (12-10).

The Irish are back in action on Saturday, Feb. 13 when they travel to An Arbor, Mich. to face the 36th-ranked Michigan Wolverines. The match is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. inside Michigan’s Varsity Tennis Center.

Tennis Match ResultsNotre Dame vs. DukeFeb 07, 2010 at Durham, N.C.
Duke 7, Notre Dame 0
Singles competition1. Henrique Cunha (DU) def. Casey Watt (ND) 7-5, 1-0, retired2. Reid Carleton (DU) def. Stephen Havens (ND) 6-4, 6-33. Dylan Arnould (DU) def. Daniel Stahl (ND) 6-0, 6-34. Jared Pinsky (DU) def. Blas Moros (ND) 7-5, 6-25. Alain Michel (DU) def. Niall Fitzgerald (ND) 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (12-10)6. David Holland (DU) def. David Anderson (ND) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition1. Henrique Cunha/Reid Carleton (DU) def. Casey Watt/Tyler Davis (ND) 8-42. Dylan Arnould/David Holland (DU) def. Niall Fitzgerald/Stephen Havens (ND) 9-8 (12-10)3. Daniel Stahl/David Anderson (ND) def. Torsten Wietoska/Alain Michel (DU) 8-3
Match NotesOrder of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,3,2,4,6,5)

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