DURHAM, N.C. – There's a reason teams are ranked in the top-25 in any collegiate sport.
On Friday evening, the Virginia Commonwealth University men's tennis team found out why as the 14th-ranked Duke Blue Devils handed the Rams their second loss of the season, 7-0.
"Duke is a talented team and if we were going to beat them, we would have had to play flawlessly and gotten some breaks," Head Coach Paul Kostin said. "That's not what happened and you see the result. We have a lot of work to do if we want to compete against the country's best."
Senior Tim Johannsen and freshman Antoine Baroz tried to get VCU on the board in the doubles matches as they rolled to a 8-4 win over Jared Pinsky and Fred Saba at the second slot, but Duke was able to win the other two to pick up the doubles point.
The Blue Devils kept the momentum going with five straight set victories. VCU's highlight of the day was sophomore Max Wennakoski battling toe-to-toe with fifth-ranked Reid Carleton before falling, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).
VCU returns to action on Sunday with a 12 p.m. road contest at Wake Forest.
#14 Duke 7, Virginia Commonwealth 0
1. #12 Reid Carleton/Henrique Cunha (DU) def. Salomon/Vazquez Catoira (VCU) 8-2
2. Johannsen/Baroz (VCU) def. Jared Pinsky/Fred Saba (DU) 8-4
3. David Holland/Chris Mengel (DU) def. Svensson/Wennakoski (VCU) 8-3
1. #9 Henrique Cunha (DU) def. Johannsen (VCU) 6-3, 6-1
2. #5 Reid Carleton (DU) def. Wennakoski (VCU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
3. #118 Chris Mengel (DU) def. Baroz (VCU) 6-4, 6-1
4. Fred Saba (DU) def. Salomon (VCU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Jared Pinsky (DU) def. Argente (VCU) 7-5, 6-0
6. Luke Marchese (DU) def. Svensson (VCU) 6-2, 6-2
Duke 7-1; National ranking #14
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,4,3,1,5,2)