DURHAM, N.C. - The third-ranked Duke women's tennis team will play the second of three straight road matches Friday, Mar. 9 at 2 p.m. at Central Florida. Duke (10-1) is looking for its first 11-1 start since the 2007-08 season.
LAST TIME OUT: Duke defeated 17th-ranked Notre Dame, 6-1, in its first road test of the season last Saturday, Mar. 3. The win was the Blue Devils' 10th of the season, and extended their lead to 16-3 over the Fighting Irish in the all-time series.
ASHWORTH CLOSING IN ON WINS MARK: In his 16th season at Duke, head coach Jamie Ashworth owns a career record of 348-81 (.811), and with 4 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 A DANGEROUS DUO: Freshman Beatrice Capra and sophomore Rachel Kahan not only comprise the nation's 21st-ranked doubles tandem, but the duo is also 10-1 in dual doubles play. The duo is 3-1 against ranked opponents, which includes 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 16-5 overall and 8-0 in dual singles matches this season. A 2012 ITA All-Tournament Team selection, Goldfeld defeated Notre Dame's Jennifer Kellner, 6-4, 6-4, last week in the No. 3 spot.
VERSUS CENTRAL FLORIDA: Friday's match between the Blue Devils and the Knights will be just the second meeting in the all-time series, as Duke defeated UCF 7-0 back in 2009.
SCOUTING THE KNIGHTS: Central Florida enters Friday's matchup with a 4-7 record this season, and an 0-4 mark against ranked opponents. UCF won its most recent match, defeating Michigan State, 5-2, last Friday. Taylor Dubins is the team's only player with a winning record in singles matches with an 11-8 mark. In doubles, Dubins and Andrea Yacaman own a 10-7 overall ledger, including a 5-4 record in dual matches at the No. 3 spot.
UP NEXT: Duke will remain in the Sunshine State for a showdown with the reigning national champions and second-ranked University of Florida, Wednesday, Mar. 14 at 3 p.m.