DURHAM, N.C. – The Blue Devils women’s tennis team will keep a weekly blog for 2012-13, giving Blue Devil fans an inside look at life on the team. Sophomore Annie Mulholland has written the second blog of the year, just days after the Blue Devils downed Wisconsin and Wyoming at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend to punch their ticket to the ITA National Indoor Championship Feb. 8-11.
Annie Mulholland (January 28, 2013)
Dearest Duke Tennis Fans,
Well, I’m proud to say that it has been yet another great weekend for DWT. As of 8pm Sunday night, several hours later than originally scheduled, we officially qualified for National Indoors!!! As per the usual, Jamie presented us with a theme for the weekend—opportunity. Qualifying for National Indoors is a golden opportunity to compete against the top 16 teams in the country. That kind of experience, so early in our season, is invaluable as we get closer and closer to conference play and NCAAs. The more high-stakes matches we get under our belts the sharper and savvier we grow. Jamie stressed the importance of not just knocking on the door towards National Indoors but rather bursting through it and showing other teams just how dangerous we are. DWT had an opportunity this weekend and we took it with both hands!
Our win against Wyoming Sunday was not only an accomplishment for DWT but also marked an incredible milestone for our captain Mary Clayton! With her 6-4, 6-1 win, she entered the prestigious 100-Win Club that only 20 other Blue Devils are a member of. As if this accomplishment alone isn’t impressive enough, she achieved this goal in one semester less than everyone else having started at Duke in January. With our entire season still ahead of us I am confident that she will continue to add numerous other wins that will forever accompany her impressive legacy here at Duke!
Thanks again to everyone who came out this weekend and showed their support! We really appreciate and thrive off the energy you all bring! Next weekend we travel to the windy-city to take on the Northwestern Wildcats. DWT will be back at home Sunday February 17 against Florida—a much-desired rematch of last year’s NCAA Final Four matchup. We hope to see you all there!
Have a great couple weeks, and GO DUKE!
Annie Mulholland and the rest of DWT