DURHAM, N.C. - The fifth-ranked Blue Devils will travel to Charlottesville, Va., for an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) clash with eighth-ranked Virginia on Friday, Mar. 23 at 3 p.m. Both teams are undefeated in conference play this season, while Duke looks to continue its dominance of the Cavaliers, having won each of the last 11 meetings. A Duke victory will be the 352nd in head coach Jamie Ashworth's career, and make him the ACC's all-time wins leader among women's tennis coaches.
LAST TIME OUT: Duke improved to 2-0 in ACC play with a 7-0 shutout of Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Sunday afternoon. Despite the Demon Deacons playing a bit short-handed with only five healthy players, the Blue Devils swept both doubles and all five singles matches for the convincing victory. Duke improved to 54-4 in the all-time series and has now won each of the last five meetings between the two programs.
ACC WINS KING: In his 16th season at Duke, head coach Jamie Ashworth owns a career record of 351-82 (.811), and with one more victory will pass former North Carolina coach Kitty Harrison as the ACC's all-time winningest women's tennis coach. Harrison, who coached North Carolina for from 1977-1998, owned a 351-224 (.610) career mark in his 21 seasons.
DUAL SINGLES DOMINANCE: The Blue Devils own four players with double-figure wins through just 15 dual matches this season. Junior Mary Clayton leads the way with 12, freshman Ester Goldfeld has 11 and freshman Beatrice Capra and sophomore Rachel Kahan each have 10. Combined, the four have just seven total losses in dual singles matches.
VERSUS VIRGINIA: The Blue Devils own a 52-4 lead in the all-time series against the Cavaliers. Duke has won 11 in a row, and 43 of the last 44 meetings. The Blue Devils were lasted defeated by Virginia in Charlottesville back in 2006. During the 11-match win streak, Duke has not surrendered more than two points in any of the final outcomes.
SCOUTING THE CAVALIERS: Virginia (12-2, 3-0 ACC) is ranked eighth in the latest installment of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association women's tennis rankings. The Cavaliers possess four ranked players, including 15th-ranked Emily Fraser, 42nd-ranked Lindsey Hardenbergh, 90th-ranked Li Xi and 107th-ranked Maria Fuccillo. Fraser and Xi comprise the nation's 16th-ranked doubles team, while Hardenbergh and Erin Vierra are ranked 51st as a unit.
COMING UP: The Blue Devils will travel to Blacksburg, Va., for a Sunday matinee against Virginia Tech at 1 p.m. Duke has never lost to the Hokies and is 16-0 in the all-time series.