No. 1 Duke (21-1, 11-1 ACC) at No. 17 Clemson (18-5, 10-2 ACC)
Thursday, April 17 | 2:30 p.m.
Clemson, S.C. | Hoke Sloan Tennis Center
No. 1 Duke (21-1, 11-1 ACC) at No. 27 Georgia Tech (11-7, 8-4 ACC)
Saturday, April 19 | 12 p.m.
Atlanta, Ga. | Byers Tennis Complex
DURHAM, N.C. – The top-ranked Duke women’s tennis team concluded its 2014 home slate with a 6-1 victory over No. 51 Boston College Friday, extending its winning streak to 13 matches. The Blue Devils look to continue the team’s success in the final two matches of the regular season, hitting the road to face No. 17 Clemson Thursday, April 17, at 2:30 p.m. in Clemson, S.C., before closing regular-season competition against No. 27 Georgia Tech Saturday, April 19, at 12 p.m. in Atlanta, Ga.
Clemson Series History
The Blue Devils lead the series against the Tigers, 26-20. In the last meeting between the two teams, Duke fell to Clemson, 4-1, April 7, 2013. At one point, the Blue Devils held a 21-match win streak over the Tigers that ran from March 19, 1988 to April 12, 2003. Since the win streak ended, Duke owns a 4-8 record, dating back to April 11, 2004.
Scouting the Tigers
Clemson enters Thursday’s contest with an 18-5 record and a 10-2 conference ledger. In the team’s most recent contest, the Tigers fell to No. 13 Miami, 4-3, dropping just the second ACC match of their season. The first loss came at the hands of No. 9 Virginia (5-2). Prior to the Tiger’s loss against Virginia, Clemson held a 10-match win streak.
Three Clemson team members rank among the nation’s top-125 singles players this season, headlined by the 31st-ranked Romy Köelzer. Köelzer, currently on an 11-match win streak, earned her 23rd win of the season Sunday against Miami. Joining Köelzer among the nationally ranked singles players includes No. 47 Yana Koroleva and No. 114 Tristen Dewar.
In addition to three singles players, three doubles teams also appear on the ITA list. The 18th-ranked duo of Beatrice Gumulya and Yana Koroleva lead the Tigers in the doubles rankings while the No. 34 team of Gumulya and Jessy Rompies and the No. 63 pair of Koroleva and Dewar round out the Clemson doubles teams among the nation’s top 90.
Georgia Tech Series History
The Blue Devils lead the series against the Yellow Jackets, 34-4. In the most recent contest between the two teams, Duke fell to Georgia Tech, 4-0, April 6, 2013. Earlier in the series, Duke won 29 consecutive matches against the Yellow Jackets between March 25, 1984 and April 9, 2006. Duke owns a 6-4 mark against Georgia Tech over the last 10 meetings between the two teams.
Scouting the Yellow Jackets
Georgia Tech welcomes Duke to Atlanta on a three-match win streak that includes decisive victories over No. 60 Virginia Tech (6-1), Pittsburgh (7-0) and Syracuse (7-0). The Yellow Jackets are 8-4 in conference play this season and sit in sixth-place in the conference.
Georgia Tech’s doubles pair of Kendal Woodard and Megan Kurey lead the Yellow Jackets this season in doubles play, ranking fourth in the nation and boasting a 24-8 record. Woodard and Kurey are 9-7 this season when facing nationally ranked opponents and sit at 7-2 in conference competition.
Race to the Finish
Three teams sit tied atop the ACC regular season standings heading into this weekend’s competitions. Duke, No. 7 North Carolina and No. 9 Virginia each amassed an 11-1 conference record this season, with Duke’s loss coming against Virginia, North Carolina losing to Duke and Virginia falling to North Carolina.
Virginia is scheduled to play two more regular-season conference matches, facing No. 44 Florida State Friday and No. 15 Miami Sunday. North Carolina is scheduled to take on Georgia Tech Thursday and Clemson Saturday to close out regular-season conference competition.
With a 6-1 defeat of Miami April 6, 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 fifth consecutive week as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation and the ninth 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.
Four 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 15. In addition to Capra, 24th-ranked Ester Goldfeld, 35th-ranked Hanna Mar and 111th-ranked Alyssa Smith also represent Duke in the ITA rankings.
The fifth-ranked duo of Capra and Mar and the 22nd-ranked pair of Goldfeld and Smith mark the two teams among the top-25 doubles pairs in the nation. Joining Duke’s two top-25 doubles pairs is the 42nd-ranked team of junior Annie Mulholland and Goldfeld, No. 71 Goldfeld and Jodoin and the 80th-ranked tandem of Mulholland and Scholl.
Mar in the ACC
With a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Boston College’s Katya Vasilyev on Friday, Mar surpassed the 10-win barrier in singles conference play for the first time in her career, leading the Blue Devils in singles conference wins this season. Mar now owns a 19-6 overall mark in singles conference play during her Duke career.
Duke Doubles in the ACC
Duke has proven itself a formidable conference opponent in doubles play this season, posting a combined 23-2 record. Five different Duke doubles teams remain undefeated this season, while six are on winning streaks. The tandem of Ester Goldfeld and Alyssa Smith highlight Duke’s doubles teams in conference play, registering a 6-0 record this season. The Blue Devils secured the doubles point in each of their last 12 conference matches this season.
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 (26-7), Marianne Jodoin (24-7), Hanna Mar (23-9) and Alyssa Smith (23-8).
Following this weekend’s competition, the Blue Devils will open postseason play. The conference tournament is scheduled to run from Wednesday, April 23 through Sunday, April 27. The tournament will take place at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C.