DURHAM, N.C. - The third-ranked Duke women's tennis team will travel to South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Mar. 3 to take on 17th-ranked Notre Dame. The match will open up a three-match road swing for the Blue Devils, before returning to Durham to open ACC play.
LAST TIME OUT: Duke defeated 46th-ranked Virginia Commonwealth, 7-0, at home last Saturday, Feb. 25. The win was the Blue Devils' fifth shutout in its first 10 ten matches of 2012, while extending the all-time series lead to 4-1 over the Rams.
ASHWORTH CLOSING IN ON WINS MARK: In his 16th season at Duke, head coach Jamie Ashworth owns a career record of 347-81 (.811), and with 5 more wins will become the Atlantic Coast Conference's all-time winningest women's tennis coach. Kitty Harrison, who coached North Carolina for 21 seasons from 1977-1998, currently sits atop the ACC's all-time wins chart with a 351-224 (.610) career mark.
CAPRA AND KAHAN AN UNDEFEATED DUO: Freshman Beatrice Capra and sophomore Rachel Kahan not only comprise the nation's 21st-ranked doubles tandem, but the duo is also a perfect 10-0 in dual doubles play. Moving into the No. 1 doubles spot against VCU, the duo is 3-0 against ranked opponents, including an upset over UCLA's 12th-ranked doubles team of Robin Anderson and Skylar Morton in the championship match at National Team Indoors on Feb. 13.
RANKED BLUE DEVILS: Duke owns five singles players and three doubles units listed in the latest installment of the Campell/ITA Women's Tennis Rankings. Capra (No. 2), sophomore Hanna Mar (No. 45), freshman Monica Turewicz (No. 65), junior Mary Clayton (No. 68) and freshman Ester Goldfeld (No. 108) are the ranked Blue Devils in singles, while Capra and Goldfeld (No. 16), Capra and Kahan (No. 21) and Clayton and Goldfeld (No. 54) are the doubles teams listed.
GOLDFELD GOLDEN IN DUAL SINGLES: Freshman Ester Goldfeld is 15-5 overall and 7-0 in dual singles matches this season. Named to the 2012 ITA All-Tournament Team for her performance in the No. 3 singles spot, Goldfeld ousted VCU's Alex Bara, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, at the No. 2 spot in the lineup in Duke's 7-0 win over the Rams last Saturday.
VERSUS NOTRE DAME: The Blue Devils lead the Fighting Irish 15-3 in the all-time series, and Duke has won the last two meetings between the two storied programs. Despite the large differential in the overall series, Duke and Notre Dame have split the last six meetings, three matches apiece.
SCOUTING THE FIGHTING IRISH: Notre Dame is 8-3 overall, 6-1 at home and has won three straight matches, which includes victories over Illinois, Indiana and 16th-ranked Georgia Tech. The Irish possess three ranked singles players in No. 52 Shannon Mathews, No. 73 Kristy Frilling and No. 102 Britney Sanders. Mathews is 8-3 in dual matches, while Frilling and Sanders are 7-4 and 10-1, respectively. Notre Dame also owns one of the best doubles tandems in the country, consisting of Mathews and Frilling, who are 15-6 overall and ranked No. 2, nationally.