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No. 5 Duke Set For Showdown With No. 2 Florida
Thursday 03/13/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. - The fifth-ranked Duke women's tennis team will travel to Gainesville, Fla. for a showdown with second-ranked and reigning national champion Florida on Wednesday, Mar. 14 at 3 p.m., at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex. Duke is 11-1 this season, while Florida is off to a 10-1 start, including a 4-0 mark in Southeastern Conference (SEC) matches.

Both programs have plenty of firepower in their lineups according to the Campbell/ITA Women's Tennis Rankings, as Duke and Florida possess five ranked singles players, respectively. The Blue Devils' ranked players include freshman Beatrice Capra (No. 2), sophomore Hanna Mar (No. 48), freshman Monica Turewicz (No. 68), junior Mary Clayton (No. 71), and freshman Ester Goldfeld (No. 117). Florida's ranked players include Allie Will (No. 1), Lauren Embree (No. 14), Joanna Mather (No. 19), Sofie Oyen (No. 39) and Alex Cercone (No. 62).

Duke owns three ranked doubles combinations, including Goldfeld and Capra (No. 16), Capra and sophomore Rachel Kahan (No. 19) and Clayton and Goldfeld (No. 31). The Gators have two ranked doubles tandems with the 3rd-ranked Oyen and Will, while Embree and Mather are ranked 11th.

Match Notes:

LAST TIME OUT: Duke picked up its second road victory of the season at Central Florida last Saturday, Mar. 9, defeating the Knights, 7-0. The Blue Devils won all three doubles matches while before sweeping all six singles matches on the way to their third-straight victory. The win was Duke's sixth shutout this season, and the fourth time the Blue Devils have won by a 7-0 margin.

ASHWORTH CLOSING IN ON WINS MARK: In his 16th season at Duke, head coach Jamie Ashworth owns a career record of 349-81 (.810), and with 3 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 DYNAMIC DUO: Freshman Beatrice Capra and sophomore Rachel Kahan, ranked 21st in the country, are 11-1 as a doubles team this season and 3-1 against ranked opponents. The duo is 8-0 playing in the No. 2 spot and 3-1 in the No. 1 spot.

GOLDFELD GOLDEN IN DUAL SINGLES: Freshman Ester Goldfeld is 17-5 overall in singles, including a perfect 9-0 in dual matches this season. Ranked 108th in the country, the newcomer has won nine in a row heading into Wednesday's matchup against the Gators.

VERSUS FLORIDA: The Blue Devils trails the Gators 33-4 in the all-time series and have lost three straight. Duke last defeated Florida in 2008 - a 4-3 triumph in Durham.

SCOUTING THE GATORS: Florida is led by the nation's top-ranked singles player, Allie Will, who owns a 10-1 overall record and a 5-0 mark in the No. 2 singles spot in dual singles matches. Ranked 23rd in the country, Lauren Embree possesses a 9-2 overall record and a 5-0 mark in the No. 1 spot in dual singles. Also leading the Gators are 18th-ranked Joanna Mather, 39th-ranked Sofie Oyen, and 49th-ranked Alex Cercone. In doubles, Oyen and Will comprise the nation's 13th-ranked doubles team, while Embree and Mather are ranked No. 31 as a unit.

COMING UP: The Blue Devils will return home to host N.C. State in their first Atlantic Coast Conference match of the season. First serve is scheduled for 12 p.m.


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