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No. 3 Duke Meets No. 2 Florida in NCAA Semifinals
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/20/2012
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ATHENS, Ga. - After defeating Virginia for the third time this season on Thursday and upending sixth-seeded and tournament host Georgia in a thriller on Saturday night, the third-seeded Blue Devils will take on second-seeded and reigning national champion Florida in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships on Monday, May 21, on the McWhorter Courts at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Duke (29-2) is currently tied for the second-longest winning streak in program history, victorious in each of its last 18 matches. An impressive run, the streak is only the second-longest in the country, as Florida (25-1), the last team to defeat Duke, currently owns a string of 20 consecutive wins. The Gators defeated the Blue Devils, 5-0, in Gainesville on March 14.

The Southeastern Conference champion Gators hold a 34-4 advantage over the Blue Devils in the all-time series, and have won each of the last four meetings. Florida's only loss this season was a 4-3 decision at Stanford back in February.

Duke and Florida are two of just three teams in the country featuring six ranked singles players, along with top-seeded UCLA who will meet Southern California in the other semifinal matchup, Monday afternoon.

Arguably the most intriguing singles matchup, freshman and second-ranked Beatrice Capra will take on top-ranked Allie Will at the No. 1 spot in the lineup. Capra lost to Will in straight sets during the fall season, but in their regular season meeting on March 14, Capra led Will, 6-4, 5-4, while serving with match point, before rain halted play and the match went uncompleted.

Projected starting lineups are as follows:


1. #2 Beatrice Capra (Duke) vs. #1 Allie Will (Florida)

2. #110 Ester Goldfeld (Duke) vs. #9 Lauren Embree (Florida)

3. #59 Hanna Mar (Duke) vs. #21 Joanna Mather (Florida)

4. #85 Rachel Kahan (Duke) vs. #61 Sofie Oyen (Florida)

5. #66 Mary Clayton (Duke) vs. #79 Alexandra Cercone (Florida)

6. #92 Monica Turewicz (Duke) vs. Olivia Janowicz (Florida)


1. #21 Clayton/Goldfeld (Duke) vs. #1 Will/Oyen (Florida)

2. #17 Capra/Kahan (Duke) vs. #22 Embree/Mather (Florida)

3. Gorny/Mar (Duke) vs.Cercone/Hitimana (Florida)