Last weekend the Duquesne men’s tennis team made history. On the first of February the Dukes faced non-conference powerhouse Georgetown University. The Dukes, coming off a big win against James Madison University, came into the match with great confidence. This high energy group of guys started off hot, picking up the doubles point with wins at numbers one and three doubles. This type of “high energy tennis” as Coach Joe Camillo put it, remained stagnant throughout this grueling battle. Singles went rather smoothly as the Dukes singles starters: Peter Carpenter, Corey Robinson, Alex Aleman, and Harry Walshe all picked up crucial singles wins over GU resulting in a 5-2 victory in favor of the Dukes.
The Duquesne Dukes finished their weekend with a match against the University of Toledo. After a tough match on Friday and a long week of intensive training leading up to the match, the Dukes were able to pull through, ousting the Toledo Rockets 5-2. For the first time In Duquesne’s history, the men’s team was able to prevail over the Toledo Rockets. Sophomore Mehdi Mekaoui had this to say about the dual match, “It felt like an action film, there was a bunch of exciting fight scenes, but after doubles we kind of knew how it was going to end.” Junior Peter Carpenter clinched the match over the former number one ranked player in Chile Fansico Stuardo 7-5, 7-6 (5). As the Dukes led 4-2, Junior Max Rubin was able to come back from 3-0 down in the third set to top senior Bryant Dudzik 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 making the final score 5-2 Duquesne. The Dukes return to action this Saturday for a home match against Bucknell.