The Duquesne Dukes took on two conference rivals at home last week. They faced Dayton University of Dayton, Ohio and Saint Josephs University, of Philadelphia. Pennsylvania.
The Dukes first match was played on Friday as they took down the Dayton Flyers 5-2. The doubles matches were hard fought as all three of Duquesne’s teams squeaked out a victory. According to freshman Corey Robinson “Doubles has just really come together for us this year. Coach Camillo has put a lot of emphasis on doubles at practice. Clearly it’s paying off.”
Dayton came out strong in singles as the Dukes fought off tough competitors to win 4 of 6 matches. At number one singles Sophomore Richard Robbie fell to a solid Aidan Koross in three sets, as did Freshman Corey Robinson in the number three spot. However, the Dukes own Peter Carpenter, Alex Aleman, Max Rubin, and Harry Walshe were able to secure quick straight set victories at numbers 2,4,5, and 6. Final score resulting in a 5-2 win in favor of Duquesne.
The Dukes again came out strong in doubles play against St. Joes, taking all three of the doubles matches in a timely fashion. After a quick doubles point was secured the Dukes came out energetic in singles, “As a former college player I know what it takes to win big matches and the guys here posses that quality. I think Duquesne tennis is really starting to get the reputation for being a team that wins.” Said Volunteer assistant Casey Watt.
The Dukes picked up singles wins at numbers 1,2,4,5 and 6. It was a well-played match in which both teams were able to better hone their skills. Duquesne ended up on top securing a 6-1 win over St. Joes. With this win the Dukes improved to 11-3 on the year.