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No. 3 Duke Set to Host No. 7 Miami and Florida State
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Release: 04/05/2012
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DURHAM, N.C. - The third-ranked Duke women's tennis team will host the two of its final five straight ACC home matches this weekend, when seventh-ranked Miami and Florida State come to town this weekend. The Blue Devils will battle the Hurricanes on Friday at 3 p.m., before taking on the Seminoles at 11 a.m., Saturday.

Match Notes:

LAST TIME OUT: The Blue Devils finished their 2012 ACC road schedule with an undefeated record after defeating 23rd-ranked Clemson, 6-1, and 24th-ranked Georgia Tech, 7-0, last weekend. Duke achieved this feat for the first time since the conference expanded to 12 teams in 2005-06.

ACC WINS KING: In his 16th season, head coach Jamie Ashworth became the ACC's all-time wins leader among women's tennis coaches with his 352nd in Duke's 4-3 victory over eighth-ranked Virginia on March 23rd. Ashworth owns a career record of 355-82 (.812) and passed Kitty Harrison, who coached North Carolina from 1977-1998, and owned a 351-224 (.610) career mark in his 21 seasons.

IN THE POLLS: Duke has been ranked in the top-five in 23 straight ITA polls, which is the longest active streak in the nation. The Blue Devils have also been ranked in the top-10 for 69 straight weeks.

SINGLES DOMINANCE: As a team, Duke owns an 86-16 (.843) mark in all dual singles matches, including a 33-3 (.917) record in ACC singles matches. The Blue Devils possess five players with 20 or more singles wins this season.

VERSUS MIAMI: The Blue Devils lead 11-10 in the all-time series against the Hurricanes, and have won three of the last four meetings. Duke won the most recent matchup between the two, a 5-2 decision in Coral Gables last season.

VERSUS FLORIDA STATE: The Blue Devils lead the Seminoles 27-5 in the all-time series, but Duke will be seeking a little revenge, having lost each of the last three meetings, including a 4-3 setback in the semifinals of last year's ACC Tournament.

SCOUTING THE HURRICANES: Winners of 14 straight, Miami owns a 16-1 overall record and a 6-0 mark in ACC matches this season. Ranked 18th, Anna Bartenstein owns an 11-4 record this season, including a 10-3 mark playing No. 1 singles. Ranked 26th, Gabriela Mejia is 12-2 playing in the No. 2 spot, while Melissa Bolivar is 12-2 overall, 5-0 in ACC matches and 10-2 playing in the No. 4 spot. Bolivar is also undefeated in her last 11 contests. In doubles, Bolivar and Liat Zimmerman are 11-5 overall and 6-0 in ACC matches. Lileikite and Mejia own a 14-2 overall ledger and a 5-1 mark in ACC play this season.

SCOUTING THE SEMINOLES: Florida State owns an 11-6 overall record and a 4-3 mark in ACC matches this season. Amy Sargeant has been one of the most consistent players for the Seminoles, posting a 12-2 record and a 6-1 mark in ACC matches this season. In doubles, the tandem comprised of Francesca Segarelli and Ruth Seaborne own a 10-1 record, including a 6-1 ledger playing in the No. 1 spot. The duo is 3-1 in ACC doubles matches.

COMING UP: The Blue Devils will host eighth-ranked North Carolina on Thursday, Apr. 12 at 3 p.m., before facing Boston College at 12 p.m., on Saturday Apr. 14. Both matches will be played at the Ambler Tennis Stadium.


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