ATHENS, Ga. - Seeded third in the 2012 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships, the Duke women's tennis team will take on a familiar ACC opponent in Virginia on Thursday, May 17 at 4 p.m., at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The match will be the third meeting this season between the two programs, while the Blue Devils won the first two contests.
Duke defeated the Cavaliers twice this season, including a 4-3 win in Charlottesville on March 23 during the regular season, before eliminating Virginia, 4-0, in the semifinals of the ACC Championships. The Blue Devils own a 54-4 advantage over Virginia in the all-time series, and have defeated the Cavaliers in 13 straight meetings dating back to the second round of the 2006 NCAA tournament. Duke never lost to the Virginia on neutral courts, and own a 10-0 mark under those circumstances.
2012 NCAA Tournament
After serving host to and defeating Winthrop and South Carolina in the first and second rounds of the 2012 NCAA Women's Tennis Championship May 11-12, Duke will continue its road toward a national title in Athens, Ga. May 17-22. Duke is the No. 3 overall seed in this year's tournament.
Duke in the NCAA Tournament
Since its first appearance in 1988, the Blue Devils ware in the midst of their 23rd consecutive and 24th overall appearance in the NCAA tournament. Duke has reached at least the round of 16 in 20 of its 24 total trips. The Blue Devils have posted a 16-7 overall record in NCAA tournament third round matches and are 11-5 since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1996.
The Blue Devils notched their 20th overall regular season championship with their 11-0 ACC record. Duke won its 17th ACC Championship, and first since 2009, back on April 22 with a 4-2 win over North Carolina in the championship match of the ACC Tournament. Duke became the first team in conference history to record a perfect 11-0 regular season mark and with the ACC Tournament in the same season.
ACC Wins King
In his 16th season, head coach Jamie Ashworth became the ACC's all-time wins leader among women's tennis coaches with his 352nd in Duke's 4-3 victory over eighth-ranked Virginia on March 23. Ashworth enters the tournament with a 365-82 (.816) career record and passed Kitty Harrison, who coached North Carolina from 1977-1998, and owned a 351-224 (.610) career mark in his 21 seasons.
Unbeaten Streak Rolls On
Duke arrives in Athens riding the fifth-longest winning streak in program history. Winners of 16 straight, dating back to the start of ACC play on March 17, the Blue Devils are riding the nation's second-longest active unbeaten streak, behind defending national champion Florida, who has won 18 in a row.
Duke recorded seven shutouts in its 11 ACC regular season matches, the most in school history. Seventeen of the Blue Devils' 27 wins this season were of the shutout variety, while nine of them were perfect 7-0 victories. With its 4-0 victory over South Carolina on May 12, Duke passed the 1998-99 team's previous mark of 16 shutouts.
Singles Winning Streaks Continue
Freshman Beatrice Capra has won 15 straight matches, tied with 2009 NCAA Singles Champion Mallory Cecil for the third longest streak by a freshman in program history. Freshman Monica Turewicz has won 12 in a row, while junior Mary Clayton is also in double-figures with 10 straight.
Doubles Point A Key to Success
Behind the efforts of three doubles teams ranked in the top 50, the Blue Devils are an impressive 23-0 this season when they win the doubles point.
The Blue Devils own a 123-19 (.866) record in dual singles matches this season. Six players have won at least 20 total matches this season and four of those six have won 25 or more.
The Blue Devils possess six players with national rankings, along with three doubles teams in the top 50. Duke, Florida and UCLA are the nation's only teams with six ranked singles players.
Capra One of Top Freshmen
Freshman Beatrice Capra has put together a very impressive first year as a Blue Devil. The ACC Player of the Year, ACC Freshman of the Year and ACC Tournament's MVP has a 27-3 singles record, an incredible 21-1 ledger in dual singles matches, a 9-0 mark in ACC play and a remarkable 18-3 standing against ranked opponents. In doubles she has tallied 31 wins, which ranks tied for third amongst freshmen on Duke's all-time list.
Consistency in the Rankings
Duke has been ranked in the top-five in 27 straight ITA polls - the longest active streak in the nation. The Blue Devils have also been ranked in the top-10 for 73 straight weeks.
Duke vs. The Field
The Blue Devils own a 9-2 record against teams in the round of 16, with their only two losses coming to No. 1 UCLA in the championship match at the ITA Team Indoor Championships on Feb. 13 and at No. 2 Florida on March 14.
NCAA Individual Selections
Freshman and No. 2 Beatrice Capra, as well as sophomore and No. 59 Hanna Mar, received bids to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship field. In doubles, No. 17 Capra and Rachel Kahan and No. 21 Ester Goldfeld and Mary Clayton will vie for a shot at the NCAA Doubles title.