The Dukes took down A-10 Rival Temple last Wednesday with a score of 5-2 in favor of the Dukes. The competition took roughly four hours to complete. Tensions were high with both teams as it was clear that the match meant a lot to both parties. After a come from behind win last year for Duquesne, the Dukes were determined to get off to a quicker start this time.
The doubles point was up in the air as all three matches were hard fought. The first win came from Alex Aleman and Pete Carpenter at #1 doubles with a score of 8-5. Securing the point was Junior Max Rubin and Freshman Corey Robinson as they topped Temple’s Kacper Rams and Santiago Canete, 8-5. The third doubles court fell in favor of Temple as they topped Robbie and Klaas 9-8(11).
Singles was full of energy as both sides came out extremely vocal and energetic. The first to finish was Harry Walshe as he claimed a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win at the number six position. Temple responded immediately picking up a win at the number three spot. The Dukes rallied to win three out of the last four matches at the #1, #4, and #5 spot. Number four singles Alex Aleman clinched the match for Duquesne with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 victory. Junior co-captain Max Rubin said, “I think it was great to see the guys step up and stay focused. The key to winning this match was staying focused on tennis and not letting outside influences alter the outcome of this match.” Duquesne will face Dayton and St. Josephs this weekend at home.