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No. 3 Duke Set For Pair of Top-25 ACC Opponents
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/29/2012
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DURHAM, N.C. - The third-ranked Blue Devils will travel to Clemson, S.C., and Atlanta, Ga., this weekend for its final two Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) road matches of the season to take on 23rd-ranked Clemson and 24th-ranked Georgia Tech. Duke will face Clemson on Friday, Mar. 30 at 5 p.m., before traveling south to take on the Yellow Jackets at 12 p.m., on Sunday.

Match Notes:

LAST TIME OUT: Duke improved to 4-0 in ACC play with a 7-0 shutout of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., last Sunday afternoon. Duke won all three doubles matches and followed up with a sweep of all six singles matches, notching victories in straight sets on each court. For the third time in the last five seasons, the Blue Devils shut out three of their first four conference opponents to start the season.

ACC WINS KING: In his 16th season, head coach Jamie Ashworth became the ACC's all-time wins leader among women's tennis coaches in Duke's 4-3 victory over eighth-ranked Virginia on Mar. 23. Ashworth owns a career record of 353-82 (.811) and passed former North Carolina coach, Kitty Harrison, who coached North Carolina for from 1977-1998, owned a 351-224 (.610) career mark in his 21 seasons.

KAHAN SHINES IN ACC SINGLES: Sophomore and 86th-ranked Rachel Kahan has won 15 consecutive ACC singles matches dating back to her perfect 11-0 record as a freshman in 2011. The streak is the sixth-longest in ACC matches in program history. Former NCAA singles champion, Vanessa Webb, owns the school record with 22 straight ACC wins.

DUAL SINGLES DOMINANCE: As a team, Duke owns a 75-15 (.833) mark in all dual singles matches, including a 22-2 (.917) record in ACC singles matches. The Blue Devils possess four players with double-figure wins through just 17 dual matches this season. Junior and 70th-ranked Mary Clayton leads the way with 13, while freshmen Ester Goldfeld and Beatrice Capra and sophomore Rachel Kahan each have 12. Combined, the four have just eight total losses in dual match play.

VERSUS CLEMSON & GEORGIA TECH: The Blue Devils own a 25-19 all-time series lead over the Tigers, and have won two of the last three meetings. Against the Yellow Jackets, Duke owns a 33-3 lead all-time, and has won four of the previous five matches. Duke defeated Georgia Tech twice last season, including a 4-3 triumph in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

SCOUTING THE TIGERS & YELLOW JACKETS: Clemson (11-6, 4-1 ACC) is coming off consecutive 5-2 ACC road victories over Maryland and Boston College. The Tigers have two ranked players, including 55th-ranked Keri Wong and 88th-ranked Klara Vyskocilova. Wong and Vyskocilova are both 5-0 in ACC matches this season, while Wong owns a 14-2 ledger in the No. 2 spot in dual matches. Wong and Josipa Bek comprise the nation's 17th-ranked doubles team, while Wong and Beatrice Gumulya are ranked 48th.

Georgia Tech (9-7, 3-2 ACC) is also coming off consecutive 5-2 ACC road victories over Maryland and Boston College. The Yellow Jackets have three ranked players, including 17th-ranked Jillian O'Neill, 85th-ranked Caroline Lilley and 108th-ranked Elizabeth Kilborn. O'Neill is 12-6 overall and 10-5 playing in the No. 1 spot this season. O'Neill and Alex Anghelescu are the ranked 10th in the country in doubles.

COMING UP: The Blue Devils will return home for the final five matches of their regular season when they host Miami at 3 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 6. Duke will then host Florida State at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Apr. 7. Both matches will be played at the Ambler Tennis Stadium.


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