Duke Women's Tennis BIO
Fall 2010: Posted a team high record 12-3 in the fall singles season and a 10-6 overall doubles record...appeared in the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships...advanced to the doubles main draw semifinals with Fahoum at the Riviera...finished third at the Kitty Harrison Invitational.
2009-10: Earned All-America honors after advancing to the round of 16 in the NCAA Individual Singles Tournament … 12th Blue Devil to win All-America recognition in multiple years … registered a 24-15 overall record in singles action … All-ACC selection … went 15-11 in dual matches and 4-5 against conference opponents … finished the season ranked 44th nationally … played primarily in the No. 1 spot … went 8-10 from the top position and was 5-1 at No. 2 … posted a 9-13 record against nationally-ranked foes … defeated 16th-ranked Denise Muresan of Michigan in straight sets to lead Duke to a win over the No. 7 Wolverines … earned a victory over No. 14 Kristy Frilling to lead the Blue Devils to a win against Notre Dame … named ACC Player of the Week following her win over the Fighting Irish … played doubles primarily with Amanda Granson … tandem went 19-12 overall and 15-10 in dual contests … finished 3-5 against ACC foes and was 4-8 against nationally-ranked opponents … posted a perfect 4-0 mark in NCAA Tournament action … defeated 13th-ranked pair from North Carolina in NCAA quarterfinal … beat the No. 4 team from UCLA to help Duke move into the NCAA quarterfinal match. Fall 2009: posted a 9-4 singles record in the fall … went 9-5 in doubles play in the fall tournaments … paired up with Granson to advance to ITA Carolina Region Championship doubles semifinals … All-ACC Academic pick.
Spring 2008: Advanced to the NCAA Tournament in singles as a rookie ... ACC Rookie of the Year and ITA Southeast Rookie of the Year ... Duke’s No. 2 singles player in the spring ... posted a 14-5 mark in the No. 2 slot and a 17-6 overall record in dual matches ... was 3-1 in four matches as the No. 1 player ... went 9-2 in regular season conference play and posted an 11-3 record against all ACC opponents ... nearly upset 4th-ranked Marina Cossou of California in the NCAA Tournament round of 16, losing 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) ... Earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament as an individual ... captured a victory over Clemson opponent in the ACC Championship match ... finished the season ranked 25th nationally and fourth in the region ... teamed up with Reka Zsilinszka in doubles ... played the majority of matches in the No. 3 spot and posted a 12-3 mark ... finished 15-6 overall in doubles with Zsilinszka and 11-3 against ACC opponents ... duo finished the season ranked 10th regionally by the ITA.
Fall 2007: Compiled a singles record of 10-3 in fall competition, a mark which included an eight-match win streak ... in 13 total matches, squared off against nationally-ranked opponents in 10 matches, posting a mark of 7-3 ... went 2-2 at the Riviera All-American Championships, reaching the back draw quarterfinals of the qualifying bracket ... reached the finals of the ITA Southeast Region Championships ... ended the fall with six straight matches versus ranked opponents, defeating five, including the sixth-ranked and third-ranked players in the country at National Indoors ... became the first freshman (along with Baylor’s Taylor Ormond, also at National Indoors) to reach the semifinals of the National Indoors since 2005 ... in fall doubles action, went 2-1 when pairing with Elizabeth Plotkin, a mark which includes a win over the 19th-ranked tandem in the country, as the duo faced three top-50 foes on the campaign ... also combined with Jessi Robinson to go 1-1 at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships ... was part of Duke’s two-person incoming freshman class, which ranked second in the nation ... in the Southeast Regional Dec. 7 listings, ranked fourth in singles and 10th in doubles with Plotkin.
Prep: Held a career high WTA ranking of 478 ... in 2007, reached the semifinals in singles and doubles at two ITF Pro Circuit events in Mexico, going on to win the singles event in Monterrey ... also reached the singles semis (Fort Worth, Texas) and doubles semis (Allentown, Pa.) at USTA Pro Circuit events in 2007 ... ITF Pro Circuit $10K singles winner in 2006 (Obregon, Mexico) ... also in 2006, reached the quarterfinals of two USTA events and was a singles and doubles quarterfinalist at the USTA National Championships (Girls’ 18s) ... competed in all Junior Grand Slams in 2005, reaching a ranking of No. 54 ... 2005 Pan-American closed doubles semifinalist, Gerdau Cup ITF singles quarterfinalist and Copa Aero Rupublica ITF singles quarterfinalist and doubles semifinalist ... a quarterfinalist in both singles and doubles at the 2005 Copa Gatorade and Asuncion Bowl ITF events ... 2005 Chanda Rubin ITF South Carolina doubles winner ... 2004 Kuala Lumpar Mayor’s Cup ITF singles quarterfinalist and USTA International Grass Courts singles quarterfinalist and doubles semifinalist ... USTA Franklin Winter Junior Championship (Girls’ 16s) singles winner in 2003 ... 2003 IBM International ITF semifinalist, USTA National Open Girls’ 18s finalist and USTA International Hard Court doubles semifinalist ... reached the doubles finals and won the singles title at the 2003 Copa Cariari ITF event ... Tournoi International de St. Francois ITF singles winner and doubles semifinalist in 2003.
Personal: Born on November 22, 1988 in Baltimore, Md. ... daughter of Raymond and Rochella Nze ... has one brother, Amadi ... was named to the honor roll throughout high school at Saddlebrook Prep, graduating with honors ... volunteered at the Pasco County Women’s Shelter for Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault ... hobbies include shopping, reading, playing the violin and movies ... favorite athletes are Lindsay Davenport, James Black and Cal Ripken.
Ellah Nze Singles Doubles Year Dual Conference Overall Dual Conference Overall 2007-08 17-6 9-2 30-10 15-8 10-1 20-11 2008-09 19-8 5-6 30-13 26-4 9-2 31-11 2009-10 15-11 4-5 25-17 17-10 4-5 26-15 Career 51-25 18-13 85-40 58-22 23-8 77-37