No. 1 Duke (20-1) vs. No. 44 Boston College (12-7)
Friday, April 11 | 3:45 p.m.
Durham, N.C. | Ambler Tennis Stadium
DURHAM, N.C. – The top-ranked Duke women’s tennis team extended its win streak to 12 matches after posting victories over NC State, 7-0, and No. 14 Miami, 6-1, moving the Blue Devils to 20-1 on the season and 10-1 in conference play. Duke welcomes No. 44 Boston College to Ambler Tennis Stadium Friday, with the contest scheduled for a 3:45 p.m. start. Duke’s two seniors, Marianne Jodoin and Hanna Mar, will be honored as part of a Senior Day celebration, prior to the commencement of the competition.
All regular season Duke women’s tennis home events at Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center and Ambler Tennis Stadium are free to the public. General public parking is available in the Blue Zone parking lot off of Duke University Road.
Boston College Series History
The Blue Devils lead the series against the Eagles, 9-0. Duke’s undefeated mark against Boston College dates back to Oct. 17, 1986, when the Blue Devils defeated the Eagles 7-2 in Durham, N.C. In the most recent meeting between the two teams, Duke shutout Boston College, 7-0. Over the nine-match stretch, Duke has outscored the Eagles, 62-5, with 7-0 victories in five of the team’s wins.
Scouting the Eagles
The Eagles enter Friday’s contest on a two-match win streak after notching victories over Wake Forest, 5-2, and NC State, 7-0. Boston College owns a 12-7 overall record this season and a 4-5 conference ledger. The Eagles posted strong play at home in 2014 with eight wins over 11 matches. Boston College defeated three ranked opponents this season, including No. 46 Harvard (5-2), No. 32 Georgia Tech (4-3) and No. 66 Wake Forest (5-2).
Duke’s two seniors, Marianne Jodoin and Hanna Mar, will be honored at the start of Friday’s match. The duo has combined to play 196 singles matches in a Duke uniform. Jodoin enters Friday’s competition on an eight-match singles win streak. Jodoin has posted nine wins in 11 matches this season at the No. 6 position and boasts a perfect 5-0 mark at the No. 5 position. Mar is set to compete in her final home match in Durham with an overall record of 15-2 this season, including an unblemished 4-0 record at the No. 2 position and a near-perfect ledger of 8-1 at the No. 3 position.
With a 6-1 defeat of Miami Sunday, the Blue Devils earned their 20th win of the season and the 10th conference victory in 2014. Duke has notched 20 or more wins in 14 of the last 18 seasons and recorded double-digit ACC wins for the fourth time in school history.
Duke in ITA Polls
Duke remains atop the ITA team rankings, marking the fourth consecutive week as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation and the eighth week since Feb. 11. The Blue Devils secured the No. 1 ranking after winning the ITA National Team Indoors Championship in Charlottesville, Va., Feb. 10.
Five singles players and five doubles pairs also garnered rankings from the ITA. The Blue Devils are headlined by Beatrice Capra, who ranks fifth in the latest ITA polls, released April 8. In addition to Capra, 23rd-ranked Ester Goldfeld, 32nd-ranked Hanna Mar, 114th-ranked Alyssa Smith and 122nd-ranked Chalena Scholl also represent Duke in the ITA rankings.
Two Duke tandems appear among the nation’s top-20 doubles teams, including the fourth-ranked duo of Capra and Mar and the 20th-ranked pair of Goldfeld and Smith. Joining Duke’s two top-20 doubles pairs is the 35th-ranked team of junior Annie Mulholland and Goldfeld, No. 53 Goldfeld and Jodoin and the 66th-ranked tandem of Mulholland and Scholl.
Winning Streaks Abound
Seven of Duke’s eight singles players and six of the team’s 10 doubles pairs enter Friday’s contest with win streaks of two or more matches. Junior Ester Goldfeld and senior Marianne Jodoin both have won eight straight matches, leading the Blue Devils, while sophomore Beatrice Capra and junior Annie Mulholland both own five match win streaks. In doubles, the pair of Goldfeld and Smith and the duo of Jodoin and Smith both earned six-straight wins while the tandem of Capra and Mar and the duo of Mulholland and freshman Chalena Scholl both own four-match win streaks.
Home Sweet Home
The Blue Devils remain undefeated at home this season, posting a perfect 10-0 mark in Durham. During the 10-match stretch, the Blue Devils defeated opponents by a combined score of 62-8. Duke’s home winning streak dates back to Jan. 12 when the Blue Devils defeated William & Mary, 6-1.
20-Plus Win Club
The Blue Devils feature five singles players who have reached 20 wins this season, including Beatrice Capra (25-6), Ester Goldfeld (25-7), Marianne Jodoin (23-7), Hanna Mar (22-9) and Alyssa Smith (22-8).