DURHAM, N.C. – The 15th-ranked Duke women’s tennis team defeated sixth-ranked Florida, 4-3, on Friday evening at Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center, as sophomore Elizabeth Plotkin recorded a three-set triumph to clinch the victory for the Blue Devils.
With the win, Duke’s first over the Gators since 2003 and fourth of all-time, the Blue Devils improve to 2-0 on the season while Florida falls to 3-1 on the year.
The Gators came out strong in doubles as Megan Alexander and Marrit Boonstra opened with an 8-5 win over junior Melissa Mang and sophomore Amanda Granson at No. 1. The Florida pair of Whitney Benik and Lolita Frangulyan then posted an 8-6 victory over the Blue Devil tandem of sophomore Tara Iyer and freshman Reka Zsilinszka at No. 2 to clinch the point for the Gators.
Julia Cohen and Anastasia Revzina came away with a tight 8-7 (7-3) win over the 21st-ranked duo of Plotkin and freshman Ellah Nze at No. 3 to complete the doubles sweep for Florida.
Singles action saw Duke win four of six first sets, but Florida took the first victory as Julie Cohen defeated Iyer, 6-0, 6-3, at the top position to put the Gators up, 2-0.
No. 17 Zsilinszka then put away 37th-ranked Alexander in straight sets (6-1, 6-4) at No. 4 to put Duke within one before fifth-ranked Nze defeated 59th-ranked Csilla Borsanyi, 7-5, 6-3, at No. 2 to tie the score at two all.
Boonstra followed up quickly with a 6-4, 7-5 win over No. 99 Granson at the No. 6 spot to put the Gators ahead, 3-2, but Mang picked up a 6-4, 6-4 victory over 50th-ranked Revzina at No. 5 to knot the score at three apiece.
The deciding match would come down to a three-set contest at the No. 3 spot, as 57th-ranked Plotkin clinched the match for the Blue Devils with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 triumph over Benik.
“This was a great win for us and it was the result of a real team effort,” said Duke head coach Jamie Ashworth. “I’m so proud of the way we kept fighting after losing the doubles point and for the way that we closed out the match. Florida is a great team and to come away with a win to start off our home schedule was outstanding.”
Duke will return to action on Sunday, Feb. 17 as the Blue Devils host 60th-ranked Southern Methodist University. First serve is set for 12 p.m. at Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.
No. 15 Duke 4, No. 6 Florida 3
February 15, 2008
Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center – Durham, N.C.
1. Julia Cohen (F) def. Tara Iyer (D) 6-3, 6-0
2. #5 Ellah Nze (D) def. #59 Csilla Borsanyi (F) 7-5, 6-3
3. #57 Elizabeth Plotkin (D) def. Whitney Benik (F) 6-2, 1-6, 6-1
4. #17 Reka Zslinszka (D) def. #37 Megan Alexander (F) 6-1, 6-4
5. Melissa Mang (D) def. #50 Anastasia Revzina (F) 6-4, 6-4
6. Marrit Boonstra (F) def. Amanda Granson (D) 6-4, 7-5
Order of finish: 1,4,2,5,6,3*
1. Megan Alexander/Marrit Boonstra (F) def. #5 Amanda Granson/Melissa Mang (D) 8-5
2. Whitney Benik/Lolita Frangulyan (F) def. Tara Iyer/Reka Zsilinszka (D) 8-6
3. Julia Cohen/Anastasia Revzina (F) def. #21 E. Plotkin/Ellah Nze (D) 8-7 (7-3)
Order of finish: 1,2*,3
Team Records: Duke (2-0), Florida (3-1)