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No. 5 Blue Devils Overwhelm Virginia Tech, 7-0
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/25/2012
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BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech had never beaten Duke in its 16 previous chances in the all-time series, and Sunday was no different as the Blue Devils remained perfect in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play, after defeating Virginia Tech, 7-0. The Blue Devils improved to 15-2 overall and 4-0 in league play, while the Hokies dropped to 11-7 overall and 2-3 in the conference.

After being swept in doubles play Friday at Virginia, Duke staged a doubles sweep of its own to start the afternoon against the Hokies. Junior Mary Clayton and sophomore Rachel Kahan teamed up in the No. 2 spot and took down Shannon Betts and Courtney Rauscher, 8-3, while freshman Beatrice Capra and sophomore Hanna Mar debuted as a duo to down Martha Blakely and Carol Kahoun, 8-3, at the No. 1 spot in the lineup to clinch the doubles point for the Blue Devils. Freshman Annie Mulholland and senior Monica Gorny completed the doubles shutout at the No. 3 spot with an 8-5 win over Emily Lauten and Isel Martinez-Marcos.

Singles action saw much of the same dominance the Blue Devils displayed in doubles, as they won all six matches in straight sets. Ranked 48th, Mar cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Rauscher in No. 4 singles, while the 102nd-ranked Kahan collected a 6-3, 6-2 win against Betts in the No. 3 spot. Freshman and 117th-ranked Ester Goldfeld clinched the overall match in the No. 2 spot with a 6-1, 6-1 defeat of Martinez-Marcos.

Freshman and 68th-ranked Monica Turewicz continued the Duke rally in the No. 5 spot, upending Tea Ivanovic, 6-2, 6-4, in the No. 5 spot, pushing her overall record to 18-3 and 8-3 in dual singles matches.

Ranked No. 2 in the nation, Capra was able to win a tough first set, 6-4, over Blakely, before sealing the match with a 6-2 triumph in the second set of the No. 1 singles match. The Ellicott City, Md., native won her sixth-straight match, while improving her record to 18-3 overall and 12-1 in dual matches this season. Mulholland completed the shutout of Virginia Tech, outlasting Kahoun, 7-5, 7-5, from the No. 6 spot in the lineup.

Duke will close out its ACC road schedule next weekend with matches at Clemson and Georgia Tech. The Blue Devils will face the Tigers at 5 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 30, before traveling to Georgia Tech for a 12 p.m. match on Sunday, Apr. 1.


#5 Duke 7, Virginia Tech 0

1. #2 Beatrice Capra (Duke) def. Martha Blakely (VT) 6-4, 6-1
2. #117 Ester Goldfeld (Duke) def.  Isel Martinez-Marcos (VT) 6-1, 6-1
3. #102 Rachel Kahan (Duke) def. Shannon Betts (VT) 6-3, 6-2
4. #48 Hanna Mar (Duke) def. Courtney Rauscher (VT) 6-1, 6-0
5. #68 Monica Turewicz (Duke) def. Tea Ivanovic (VT) 6-2, 6-4
6. Annie Mulholland (Duke) def. Carol Kahoun (VT) 7-5, 7-5

1. Capra/Mar (Duke) def. Blakely/Kahoun (VT) 8-3
2. Mary Clayton/Kahan (Duke) def. Betts/Rauscher (VT) 8-3
3. Mulholland/Monica Gorny (Duke) def. Emily Lauten/Martinez-Marcos (VT) 8-5