They say the devil is in the details. But in Durham, the Blue Devils are in the details — and the numbers:
The men’s tennis team, which earned the No. 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament, found a key element to its success in rookie Pedro Rodenas. The Madrid native has won his last 10 matches and he recently qualified for the NCAA singles championship while simultaneously earning a doubles championship bid with senior Garrett Johns. As if that weren’t enough, Rodenas was named ACC Rookie of the Year on Monday. The Blue Devils will need the best from their standout rookie as they begin their way into the NCAA Tournament. They face UNC Wilmington first before taking on the winner of No. 41 Cornell and No. 23 Auburn. If the team makes it past the second round, they will face a potential rematch against No. 5 seeded Virginia, a team that has beaten Duke twice – and whose Jeffrey Von Der Schulenburg was the last player to defeat Rodenas. .
After claiming the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament, Duke women’s tennis received more good news on Tuesday as three Blue Devils were selected for the NCAA singles championship. Senior Chloe Beck, second Emma Jackson and graduate student Georgia Drummi all earned the nod. This is the second time Beck and Drummy have competed, and after dominating the entire season on the number one court for Duke, Beck was awarded the No. 6 seed. reached in 2021. Jackson, meanwhile, is set to make her first appearance after posting a 21-11 singles record this season and ranking in the top 42 all season. The three players will take part in the team competition first, with the Blue Devils hosting the first two rounds.
Duke men’s lacrosse star Brennan O’Neill finished the regular season averaging 5.07 points per game, good for sixth place in the nation. In the ACC Blue Devils’ pivotal win over Syracuse, the junior forward scored four goals on six shots on goal while adding two assists. The Bay Shore, NY native has been a driving force in Duke’s dominant offense all season, and he’s shown he can step up in big moments. He scored a season-high nine points in a March 31 win over the then No. 1 Virginia, proving he can rise to the occasion under pressure. The No. 1 seeded Blue Devils will continue to rely on O’Neill moving forward as they vie for a national title.
Duke Men’s Baseball, after starting the month with a losing record in the ACC, climbed to the top of the Coastal Conference behind a 15-3 performance in April. The race featured two midweek ranked wins over the then No.1. 14 Campbell and three straight weekend wins – including two on the road. Junior catcher Alex Stone, who is in the midst of an 18-game hitting streak, hit seven home runs in April while freshman pitcher Andrew Healy was named Dick Howser Player of the Month. Perhaps the most exciting victory of the month came on April 21 against Louisville, when the Blue Devils found themselves trailing 9-6 entering the ninth. Sophomore Alex Mooney came to the plate with the bases loaded, and the captain delivered with an emphatic grand slam. As the last month of the regular season approaches, Duke catches fire at just the right time.
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Dom Fenoglio is a freshman Trinity and an assistant Blue Zone editor of The Chronicle’s 119th volume.