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Women's Tennis - Archives 2003-04

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No Image Katie Granson Hired as Assistant Women's Tennis Coach at Yale
Women's Tennis 07/28/2004

July 28, 2004 NEW HAVEN, CT.--Katie Granson, a former Duke tennis star who played pro tennis for the past year, has been named assistant women's tennis coach at Yale University. "I am very excited that Katie will be joining our team and starting her coaching career at Yale," said head coach Chad Skorupka. "Not only was Katie an accomplished tennis player at Duke, she is also a great person and I know the team will benefit with her at Yale." Granson graduated from Duke in 2003 and was co-captain in her final season, leading the team to a No. 1 ranking at mid-season. The Blue Devils went on to win their third ACC team championship and made an appearance in the NCAA Final Four. Granson was named All-ACC and was also named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll for the third time. Granson was a member of the United States Junior National Tennis Team in 1998-99 and was No. 75 in the junior world rankings. She competed in the junior Wimbledon tournament, the junior U.S. Open and the junior

No Image Duke Women's Tennis Adds Three For The 2004-05 Campaign
Women's Tennis 07/09/2004

July 9, 2004 DURHAM, N.C.- Duke University women's tennis head coach Jamie Ashworth announced on Friday the addition of three student-athletes for the 2003-04 campaign. Lauren Archer of Rockville, Md., Jackie Carleton of Jenkintown, Pa., and Clelia Deltour of Savigny Sur Orge, France will attend Duke in the fall and play tennis. "I think all three of the newcomers will be a great supplement to what we have returning," said Ashworth. "We had a really young team last year, but each of the three players we have coming in have collegiate or international experience, which was something we lacked last year." Archer is a junior transfer from Rice University where she was a two-year letterwinner for the Owls. The 2003 Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, Archer recorded a 40-29 singles record and 24-29 doubles mark at Rice. She finished the season listed as 17th in the Southwest Regional Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings. "Lauren is impressive and will be

No Image Amanda Johnson Named to USA Tennis Collegiate Team
Women's Tennis 07/09/2004

July 9, 2004 SKILLMAN, N.J. - Twelve of the nation's top men's and women's collegiate tennis players have been named to the 2004 USA Tennis Collegiate Team, administered by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). The USA Tennis Collegiate Team is an elite training program funded by the USTA for the top American collegiate tennis players that began in 1996. This program is designed to provide players with valuable exposure to the USTA professional circuit in a team-oriented environment during these summer months. Highlighting this year's team is Stanford's Amber Liu of La Mesa, Calif., who won her second straight NCAA women's singles title last month. Joining Liu are the following players: (women) Audra Falk of Vanderbilt (Cincinnati), Johnson of Duke (Bettendorf, Iowa), Raquel Kops-Jones of California (Fresno, Calif.), Jennifer Magley of Florida (Bradenton, Fla.) and Jessica Roland of Texas AM (Hollywood, Calif.), (men) Lester

No Image Duke's King & Johnson Head To China With Collegiate All-Star Tennis Team
Women's Tennis 06/11/2004

June 11, 2004 SKILLMAN, N.J. - The 2004 American Express Collegiate All-Star Tennis Team will arrive in China this Sunday for a weeklong series of clinics, matches and cultural exchanges hosted by the Chinese Tennis Association. The team consists of ten players and three coaches selected by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) to represent the United States. In addition to American Express, Cathay Pacific Airlines, adidas and Tennis Magazine (China) are also sponsoring the tour. The American Express Collegiate All-Star Team will make stops in Hong Kong, Tianjin and Beijing. It will play in two exhibition matches, enjoy sightseeding excursions, and participate in several clinics for junior/high school level players and coaches conducted by the team's coaches, Doug MacCurdy of the College of Santa Fe (N.M.), Louise Gengler of Princeton, and Stan Smith, the former U.S. Open, Wimbledon and NCAA champ who is the team's honorary coach. (schedule details listed below release)

No Image Duke's Johnson & Zawacki Selected ITA All-America
Women's Tennis 06/04/2004

June 4, 2004 DURHAM, N.C.- Duke University senior Amanda Johnson and freshman Tory Zawacki earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-America accolades on Friday when the ITA released its annual All-America teams. It marked the fourth straight year Johnson has earned ITA All-America honors and the second straight for both singles and doubles. Johnson became only the second Duke women's tennis player to be named All-America in each of her four years (Vanessa Webb). Johnson finished 10th in the ITA singles rankings and fell in a three-set match to 16th-ranked Aibika Kalsarieva of Kentucky, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to end her run in the NCAA final 16 for the second straight year. As a senior, Johnson posted a 27-14 singles mark and 24-14 doubles record. A Bettendorf, Iowa product, Johnson concluded her career ranking tied for seventh on the Duke all-time wins list with 117 along with Karen Goldsetin and Monica Mraz. Her 77.0 win percentage is tied for fifth on the career list, among

No Image Duke's Amanda Johnson Falls In Quarterfinals At NCAA Singles Championship
Women's Tennis 05/26/2004

May 26, 2004 ATHENS, GA.- Duke University senior Amanda Johnson's run at the 2004 NCAA Singles Championship came to an end on Wednesday and closes out a four-year career, which included a 117-35 record. Eighth-ranked Johnson fell in a three-set match to 16th-ranked Aibika Kalsarieva of Kentucky, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to end her run in the quarterfinals for the second straight year. Kalsarieva was able to get revenge from a 6-4, 6-3 loss to Johnson on Jan. 31 against the Wildcats. A Bettendorf, Iowa product, Johnson concluded her career ranking tied for seventh on the Duke all-time wins list with 117 along with Karen Goldstein and Monica Mraz. Her 77.0 win percentage is tied for fifth on the career list, among four-year letterwinners at Duke. With her stellar senior season, Johnson will leave Duke as only the second four-time All-America selection and for the second straight year she earned All-America accolades in doubles. - d - u - k - e -

No Image Amanda Johnson Advances To Quarterfinals of NCAA Tennis
Women's Tennis 05/25/2004

May 25, 2004 ATHENS, GA.-Senior Amanda Johnson advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Individual Singles Championship for the second straight year on Tuesday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. A Bettendorf, Iowa product, Johnson picked up a 6-3, 6-2 victory over 61st-ranked Kelly Schmandt of Vanderbilt. Johnson, who is ranked eighth and seeded seventh, will next go up against 16th-ranked Aibika Kalsarieva of Kentucky on Wednesday. Earlier this season, Johnson defeated Kalsarieva, 6-4, 6-3, on Jan. 31 against the Wildcats. "I'm happy as I played well enough to get through another match," said Johnson. "I'm still trying to get things to work like my serve and forehand so I can dictate. It's nice playing early in the day as it's humid but a little easier to deal with than 1:00 or 2:00 p.m. I'm used to the humidity which is good. It definitely helps to get a good start and get the first set. If you don't it means you have to fight twice as hard." Kalsarieva

No Image Former Duke Star Kelly McCain Advances To Main Draw At French Open
Women's Tennis 05/24/2004

May 24, 2004 PARIS, FRANCE- Former Duke women's tennis star Kelly McCain won three singles matches to advance to the main draw of the 2004 French Open in Paris, France. McCain, currently ranked 154 in the world in singles and 186 in doubles, will next go up against 30th-ranked Petra Mandula of Hungary on Tuesday. It marks the first time McCain has advanced to the main draw at the French Open, which is one of four Grand Slam events on the Women's Tennis Association Tour. In qualifying action, McCain defeated 161st-ranked Edina Gallovits of Romania (4-6, 6-3, 6-2), 137th-ranked Selima Sfar of Tunisia (7-5, 7-5) and 159th-ranked Janette Husarova of Slovakia (2-6, 6-4, 6-1). McCain was a two-time All-America, 2003 ACC Player of the Year and 2002 ACC Rookie of the Year for the Blue Devils from 2001 through 2003. The Tampa, Fla., native led Duke to the 2003 NCAA Final Four and won the 2003 Riviera All-American singles title. - d - u - k - e -

No Image Amanda Johnson Advances At NCAA Singles Championship
Women's Tennis 05/24/2004

May 24, 2004 ATHENS, GA.- Duke University senior Amanda Johnson advanced to the second round of the NCAA Individual Singles Championship on Monday with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over 26th-ranked Ramona But of Maryland at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. Johnson, an eighth-ranked native of Bettendorf, Iowa, will next battle 61st-ranked Kelly Schmandt of Vanderbilt on Tuesday, who knocked off 79th-ranked Svetlana Kouzmenko of SMU, 7-5, 6-3. "I played a little tight today to start with," said Johnson. "She [Ramona But] played well and I was able to start playing more of my game in the second set. I am hoping I will play better tomorrow and get a little better each day as the tournament goes on." With the victory Johnson improves to 116-34 for her career in singles action. She needs one more victory to move into a tie for seventh place on Duke's all-time wins list with Karen Goldstein and Monica Mraz. In the NCAA Doubles Championship, Johnson will team with freshman

No Image Duke's Amanda Johnson Competes Monday In NCAA Singles Competition
Women's Tennis 05/23/2004

May 23, 2004 ATHENS, GA.-The NCAA Individual Singles and Doubles Championship will begin this week with senior Amanda Johnson and freshman Tory Zawacki competing at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. Johnson, a native of Bettendorf, Iowa, will compete in both singles and doubles during the week. Seeded seventh in the competition, eighth-ranked Johnson will first take on Maryland's 26th-ranked Ramona But at 9:00 a.m. on Monday. In doubles, Johnson and Zawacki are seeded third and ranked ninth. They will first go up against 25th-ranked Linda Tran and Sarah Batty of Indiana on Tuesday. With Johnson and Zawacki seeded in the doubles competition, the Duke duo will earn All-America honors. It marks the fourth straight year Johnson has been selected All-America and becomes only the second Duke women's tennis player to be a four-time All-America (Vanessa Webb).

No Image Duke Falls, 4-0, To Top-ranked Stanford In NCAA Elite Eight
Women's Tennis 05/21/2004

May 21, 2004 ATHENS, GA.- The fourth-ranked Duke women's tennis team had its run at the 2004 NCAA Championship come to an end on Friday as the Blue Devils lost, 4-0, to top-ranked Stanford at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The Blue Devils conclude the season at 22-5, while Stanford improves to 26-0 and will face Vanderbilt in the NCAA Final Four. Stanford took the early lead by winning the coveted doubles point with victories at the second and third slots. The Cardinal duo of Amber Liu and Alice Barnes picked up an 8-3 win over Amanda Johnson and Saras Arasu at the second slot. Then, 56th-ranked Emilia Anderson and Anne Yelsey posted an 8-2 win over Jennifer Zika and Katie Blaszak at No. 3. The Blue Devils did not back down after failing to win the doubles point as three different Duke players won the first set, but with Stanford needing only three victories, the Cardinal's were able to pull out the needed wins to clinch the 4-0 victory. Seventh-ranked Lui

No Image Fourth-ranked Duke Blanks Furman, 4-0, In the NCAA Tournament First Round
Women's Tennis 05/20/2004

May 14, 2004 DURHAM, N.C.-The fourth-ranked Duke women's tennis team blanked Furman, 4-0, on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Ambler Tennis Stadium. The Blue Devils advance to the second round and will face 36th-ranked William Mary (20-12) on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Duke improved to 20-4 on the season, while Furman falls to 18-9. The Blue Devils reached the 20-win mark for the 10th straight year and now have won nine straight NCAA Tournament contests played in Durham, N.C. "Furman competed really well today and our team wasn't expecting that kind of fight," said Duke Head Coach Jamie Ashworth. "The 34 days of no matches showed for us today. To try to simulate any type of pressure situation in tennis is impossible and we talked about that after the doubles play." The Blue Devils jumped out to a quick 1-0 advantage by taking the coveted doubles point. Duke's tandem of Kristin Cargill and Katie Blaszak played for the first time this season