June 19, 2003 DURHAM, N.C. - Duke Women's Tennis Head Coach Jamie Ashworth announced on Tuesday the signing of high school standout Tory Zawacki to a national letter of intent to attend Duke University in the fall and play tennis. "Anytime we can add someone to our program with the experience Tory has on the national and international level is a great addition," said Ashworth. "The biggest thing she adds to our program is she is a very good doubles player. We have had a lot of very good players come into our program, but we haven't had anyone come in with the doubles success she has had." Zawacki, a 5-10 native of Union, N.J., is one of the top American junior players and currently lives in Hilton Head, S.C., while training at the Van der Meer Tennis Academy. In the Intercollegiate Tennis Federation (ITF), Zawacki has been ranked as high as 41st and in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) as high as 490th. She had a 2002 national ranking of No. 5 in the Girls 18s. Zawacki won
June 12, 2003 ALLENTOWN, PA. - After completing her sophomore season at Duke University, Kelly McCain decided to turn professional and made her debut this week at the Mecco Cup in Allentown, Pa. The Mecco Cup is part of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Pro Circuit with a total prize money of $25,000. The tournament is being played at the Westend Racquet Club. McCain, a two-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-America, was seeded fifth and was upset in her first professional singles match falling to Jessica Krikland, 7-6, 6-3, on Tuesday. McCain then teamed with former Arizona State standout Adria Engel to win their first doubles match 6-0, 6-7, 6-4 over Michelle Faucher and Ahsha Rolle. The duo will next play on Friday in the second round. In singles, McCain began the tournament with a ranking of 343. After competing at the Mecco Cup, McCain will then travel to Edmond, Okla. (June 23), Los Gatos/San Jose, Calif. (June 30) and College Park, Md. (July 4)
May 30, 2003 DURHAM, N.C. - The intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its 2003 All-America squads on Friday with Duke's Amanda Johnson, Kelly McCain and Julie DeRoo earning accolades. Johnson became only the second Blue Devil to earn All-America honors for the third time in her career-- Vanessa Webb in 1996, '97, '98 and '99. A Bettendorf, Iowa product, Johnson finished her junior campaign with a 28-9 overall record and now owns a 91-21 singles mark in three years at Duke. Johnson compiled a 21-6 dual match record and advanced to the final 16 of the NCAA Singles Championship in 2002-03. She was named ITA All-America in both singles and doubles as Johnson teamed with DeRoo to compile a 27-11 overall record. The tandem were ranked as high as second nationally during the season. McCain earned All-America honors for the second straight year in singles as she registered a 35-3 overall and 27-1 dual match record, while collecting 15 victories against top-25 ranked players.
May 27, 2003 DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University sophomore Kelly McCain has been selected one of four nominees for the Tennis Honda Award. McCain along with Tennessee's Vilmarie Castellvi, Georgia's Agata Cioroch and Stanford's Amber Liu have been nominated for the prestigious award. McCain, a 2002 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-America and 2003 ACC Player of the Year, became the fourth Duke women's tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles title as she won the ITA Riviera All-American in the fall. The Tampa, Fla., product finished with a 35-3 singles mark and 27-1 in dual match action, while registering 15 victories against top 25 ranked players. She advanced to the semifinals of the Omni Hotels National Indoor Championship and became only the fifth Duke player to be ranked No. 1 in singles on Feb. 26. McCain was ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in the nationally in six of the eight sets of rankings. McCain led Duke to its first ITA National Team Indoor Championship with
May 21, 2003 GAINESVILLE, FLA. - The 2002-03 Duke women's tennis team had its season come to a close on Wednesday as junior Amanda Johnson and its doubles team of Kelly McCain and Hillary Adams each fell in the NCAA Singles and Doubles competition at the Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, Fla. In the singles championship, 19th-ranked Johnson fell to top-ranked and No. 1 seed Villmarie Castellvi of Tennessee, 6-2, 6-1, and finishes the season with a 28-9 overall record. The third round finish in the championship was a career best for the Bettendorf, Iowa product. Duke's 14th-ranked doubles tandem of McCain/Adams were knocked off by fourth-ranked Christina Fusano and Raquel Kops-Jones of California, 6-2, 6-1. The duo conclude the season with a 25-13 mark. - d - u - k - e -
May 20, 2003 GAINESVILLE, FLA. - Duke University sophomore Amanda Johnson advanced to the third round of the NCAA Singles Championship, while the Blue Devil tandem of Kelly McCain and Hillary Adams registered a straight set victory in the NCAA Doubles Championship on Tuesday at the Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, Fla. Johnson, ranked 19th nationally, came back from losing the first set to 79th-ranked Megan Bradley from Miami, 2-6, and won the next two sets, 6-4, 7-6, to advance to the next round. A Bettendorf, Iowa product, Johnson will next battle top-ranked and No. 1 seed Villmarie Castellvi of Tennessee. Castellvi defeated 29th-ranked Maja Mlakar of Arizona, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0, on Tuesday. In doubles action, the 14th-ranked duo of McCain and Adams defeated 36th-ranked Linda Faltynkova and Katarzyna Kolodynska of Oklahoma State, 6-2, 6-4, and will next take on California's Christina Fusano and Raquel Kops-Jones on Wednesday. Earlier this season, Duke's team fell 8-5 to
May 19, 2003 GAINESVILLE, FLA.-- Junior Amanda Johnson advanced to the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship on Monday with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over 50th-ranked Susi Wild of UCLA at the Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, Fla. Sophomore second-ranked Kelly McCain was bothered with leg cramps and ended up falling in the first round for the second straight year to 32nd-ranked Viktoria Stoklasova of South Alabama (7-6, 6-7, 4-6) in a match which took over three hours to complete. Sophomore 60th-ranked Saras Arasu also fell 1-6, 6-7 to 42nd-ranked Marlene Mejia of North Carolina. Johnson will next take on 79th-ranked Megan Bradley of Miami on Tuesday. Two Duke doubles teams will begin competing on Tuesday-- Julie DeRoo/Johnson will play 21st-ranked Applebaum/Bradley and McCain/Hillary Adams will go up against 36th-ranked Faltynkova/Koldynska. Duke Head Coach Jamie Ashworth On how much McCain was affected by leg cramps throughout the match... "Completely. It affected her
May 18, 2003 DUKE IN THE NCAA SINGLES DOUBLES COMPETITION Three Duke singles players and two doubles teams will be competing this week in the NCAA Championships. Sophomore Kelly McCain, junior Amanda Johnson and sophomore Saras Arasu will each play in singles, while the teams of Johnson/Julie DeRoo and McCain/Hillary Adams will each play in doubles. McCain is seeded third and will kick off action against 32nd-ranked Viktoria Stoklasova of South Alabama, Johnson will go up against 50th-ranked Susi Wild of UCLA and Arasu will battle 42nd-ranked Marlene Mejia of North Carolina. All matches will be played on Monday at 10:30 a.m. In doubles play, DeRoo/Johnson will play 21st-ranked Applebaum/Bradley and McCain/Adams will go up against 36th-ranked Faltynkova/Koldynska. All doubles matches begin on Tuesday. The 64-player singles championship begins on Monday, May 19 and runs through May 24, with one round played each day at the Ring Tennis Complex at the University of Florida,
May 17, 2003 Recap| Photo Gallery Duke Notes - 14-match win streak snapped - Duke finished with a 58-21 record in doubles play this season - Duke owns a 0-5 record against Florida in NCAA Tournament play and overall 3-26 record against the Gators - Sixth NCAA Final Four appearance - Finished the season with a 79-11 record at the No. 1, No. 5 and No. 6 positions in dual match action - Freshman Julia Smith was reinstated for the match after being ruled temporary ineligible, but did not play.
May 17, 2003 The third-ranked Duke women's tennis team lost the doubles point to Florida and head to singles action down 1-0. The Blue Devils won at the No. 2 position but fell at the first and third slots. #3 Duke 0, #2 Florida 1 Doubles 1. #26 Jennifer Magley/Zerene Reyes (UF) def. #8 Amanda Johnson/Julie DeRoo (DU) 8-6 2. #14 Kelly McCain/Hillary Adams (DU) def. #53 Alexis Gordon/Julie Rotondi (UF) 8-5 3. Lindsay Dawaf/Julia Scaringe (UF) def. Katie Granson/Katie Blaszak (DU) 8-5 Singles 1. #2 Kelly McCain (DU) vs. #47 Julia Scaringe (UF) 2. #19 Amanda Johnson (DU) vs. #35 Julie Rotondi (UF) 3. #60 Saras Arasu (DU) vs. #28 Lindsay Dawaf (UF) 4. Julie DeRoo (DU) vs. #24 Zerene Reyes (UF) 5. #69 Katie Blaszak (DU) vs. #14 Alexis Gordon (UF) 6. Katie Granson (DU) vs. #95 Jennifer Magley (UF) Order of finish: Doubles - 2,1,3
May 17, 2003 Jamie Ashworth, Duke Head Coach On his arguing a call during the No. 3 doubles match: "It was a huge point, because I think it was five-all in the doubles. It was a great point, very quick and all four were up at the net and the umpire said he was looking the wrong way and he missed the call. When you have one official on the court doing everything, it is tough and it's not an easy job. That was just a huge momentum wing." On coming back to win after losing the doubles point: "The doubles point is huge momentum-wise for each team, especially at the beginning of the singles match we were down 4-1, 4-1, 4-1 on two, four and six for about 10 or 15 minutes because I think we were down a little bit mentally. They are very tough to beat in four singles matches. I don't think they have lost four singles matches all year. We had only been beaten once in four singles matches and that was here. It is a very tough thing to do when you get to this level and when you