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Duke to Host NCAA 1st and 2nd Rounds
Sunday 05/01/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. - The third-ranked Duke women's tennis team was selected to serve as a host of the first and second rounds of the 2011 NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament May 11-12, at Ambler Tennis Stadium, the NCAA announced this evening. Earning the No. 3 overall seed in the draw, the Blue Devils earned their 24th berth into the NCAA Tournament.

The Blue Devils will take on Big South Conference champion Winthrop (15-10) in the first round with TCU (18-5) and South Carolina (15-8) completing the four-team section of the bracket. The winning teams will advance to face each other in the second round on May 12.

Duke (25-2) is making its 24th overall and 23rd consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Blue Devils matchup with the Eagles will be the fourth meeting between the two schools, with Duke holding a 3-0 advantage in the all-time series. The Blue Devils have posted a 19-1 overall record in NCAA Tournament first round matches and are 16-0 since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1996.

Duke, ranked third in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll and winners of 14 straight, became the first team in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) history to finish the regular season 11-0 in league play and win the ACC Tournament in the same season.

The Blue Devils are one of three teams in the nation with six ranked singles players ranked in the ITA singles poll, with freshman Beatrice Capra leading the way at No. 2. Sophomore Hanna Mar is ranked No. 53, junior Mary Clayton No. 77, sophomore Rachel Kahan No. 84, freshman Monica Turewicz No. 87, and freshman Ester Goldfeld No. 116.

Capra has a 27-3 singles mark this season, including a 21-1 record playing in the No. 1 spot, while sporting a 15-3 ledger against ranked opponents. The Ellicott City, Md., native has won 15 straight matches. Clayton leads Duke with 31 wins this season and 20-3 dual singles mark this season. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native is riding a 10-match wi streak.

In doubles, Duke is led by the 16th-ranked duo of Capra and Kahan, 21st-ranked Clayton and Goldfeld, and the 36th-ranked Capra and Goldfeld. Capra and Kahan are 19-5 overall and have won six straight matches.

Duke and Winthrop will square off on Friday, May 11th, at 1 p.m. following the completion of the TCU versus South Carolina matchup that is scheduled for 10 a.m. The winners of Friday's matches will meet on Saturday, May 12, in the second round with a trip to Athens, Ga., on the line at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students/seniors and can be purchased online at GoDuke.com or by calling the Duke Athletic Ticket Office. Parking will be available free of charge in the Blue Zone Parking Area.  Access to the Blue Zone Parking Area will be available off of Duke University Road at the large iron gate between NC 751 and Towerview Drive.  The parking area will open two hours prior to the first match each day and will close two hours after the start time of the last match each day.

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