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Duke Set to Host N.C. State in ACC Opener Saturday
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/16/2012
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DURHAM, N.C. - The fifth-ranked Duke women's tennis team will open its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule Saturday, Mar. 17 against N.C. State at 12 p.m. at the Ambler Tennis Stadium. A Blue Devil victory will be the 350th of head coach Jamie Ashworth's career, and he will become just the second women's tennis coach in ACC history to reach the milestone.

LAST TIME OUT: Duke finished a three-game road swing at second-ranked Florida on Wednesday, Mar. 14, but fell 5-0 to the reigning national champion.

ASHWORTH CLOSING IN ON WINS MARK: In his 16th season at Duke, head coach Jamie Ashworth owns a career record of 349-82 (.810), and with 6 more wins will become the ACC'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 DOUBLE TROUBLE: Freshman Beatrice Capra and sophomore Rachel Kahan, ranked 19th as a duo, own an 11-2 record in dual matches this season, including a 3-2 mark against ranked opponents.

20/20 VISION: Junior Mary Clayton and sophomore Hanna Mar both reached the 20-win plateau for the 2011-12 season with wins at Notre Dame and Central Florida. Clayton's 21 wins are the most on the team, while Mar's 20 rank second. Clayton also leads the team with 10 dual singles wins so far this season.

VERSUS N.C. STATE: The Blue Devils own a 50-1 lead in the all-time series against the Wolfpack. Duke has won five in a row, and it's only loss to N.C. State came back in 2007.

SCOUTING THE WOLFPACK: N.C. State owns a record of 5-8 in 2012, including a 1-0 mark in ACC play after defeating Wake Forest at home back on Feb. 26. The Wolfpack's lone ranked player, Joelle Kissell, is coming off a win over William & Mary's 109th-ranked Maria Belaya at in Thursday's 5-2 win over William & Mary. The Blue Devils and Wolfpack share two similar non-conference opponents in Virginia Commonwealth and William & Mary of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), and N.C. State is 1-1 against those teams, while Duke is 2-0.

COMING UP: The Blue Devils will travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. tomorrow, Mar. 18, for their first of five consecutive ACC road matches. First serve is schedule for 12 p.m.

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