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No. 3 Duke Set to Close Regular Season This Weekend
Release: 04/13/2012
Photo Courtesy: Whitney Hills
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DURHAM, N.C. - After claiming sole possession of first place with a 4-0 win over fifth-ranked North Carolina on Thursday afternoon, the third-ranked Duke women's tennis team will close out its regular season with two Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) matches this weekend against Boston College and Maryland. The Blue Devils will face Boston College on Saturday, Apr. 14 at 12 p.m., before taking on Maryland for Sunday's Senior Day at noon.

Match Notes:

LAST TIME OUT: The third-ranked Blue Devils picked up one if its biggest wins of the season in a 4-0 victory  over ACC rival and fifth-ranked North Carolina in front of a capacity crowd at Ambler Tennis Stadium on Thursday afternoon. With the win, Duke claimed sole possession of first place in the ACC standings and now has a season-high nine-match win streak.

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 358-82 (.813) 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 24 straight ITA polls - the longest active streak in the nation. The Blue Devils have also been ranked in the top-10 for 70 straight weeks.

LINEUP DEPTH: The Blue Devils possess six players with national rankings, along with three doubles teams. Duke, along with Florida, are the only teams with six ranked singles players.

20-WIN PLATEAU: With its 4-0 victory over North Carolina on Apr. 14, Duke notched its fifth straight season with at least 20 wins, and for the 15th time in the last 17 years.

VERSUS BOSTON COLLEGE: The Blue Devils lead 8-0 in the all-time series against the Eagles, and won last season's matchup, 6-1, in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

VERSUS MARYLAND: The Blue Devils lead 37-2 in the all-time series against the Terrapins and have won each of the last six meetings. Duke defeated Maryland, 6-1, in last season's contest, while Maryland last defeated Duke, 4-3, back in 2005.

SCOUTING THE EAGLES: Boston College (10-10, 3-6 ACC) enters Saturday's contest on a three-match winning streak, after picking up consecutive home victories over N.C. State, Wake Forest and Boston University. The Eagles are led by senior and 110th-ranked Erina Kikuchi, who owns a team-high 25 singles wins this season. In doubles, the 83rd-ranked duo comprised of Kikuchi and Jessica Wacnik own a 24-6 mark, including 13-4 mark in dual matches. The tandem has won six straight contests, including five straight in ACC play.

SCOUTING THE TERRAPINS: Maryland (7-14, 1-10 ACC) enters Sunday's match on a bit of a downswing, having lost nine of its last 10 matches. The Terps are led by the nation's 26th-ranked player in Cristina Stancu, who was won a team-high 21 singles matches this season, and has 13 victories playing in the No. 1 spot in dual matches. Maryland also owns the nation's 26th-ranked double team, comprised of Ana Belzunce and Welma Luus. The duo has 14 wins, a 9-10 record playing No. 1 doubles, and a 4-5 mark in ACC matches.

COMING UP: Duke will make the short travel to Cary, N.C., for next weekend's ACC Tournament. Matches will be played Apr. 19-22 at the Cary Tennis Park.


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