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Top-Seeded and No. 2 Duke Ready for ACC Tourney
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/19/2012
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DURHAM, N.C. - After receiving a first round bye, the second-ranked Duke women's tennis team will make a short trip over to Cary, N.C., for its first action in the 2012 ACC Tournament against the winner of eighth-seeded Boston College and ninth-seeded N.C. State on Friday, Apr. 20 at 9 a.m. The tournament will be played at the Cary Tennis Park.

The Blue Devils boast the most ranked singles players of any team in the conference with six, including No. 2 Beatrice Capra, No. 49 Hanna Mar, No. 74 Mary Clayton, No. 88 Monica Turewicz, No. 92 Rachel Kahan and No. 111 Ester Goldfeld. The six projected singles starters are a combined 148-42 (.779) overall this season, and are responsible for 49 victories in the team's 54-5 (.915) singles record in ACC play.

Tournament Notes:

16 ACC Championships

Duke has won 16 ACC Championships, the most of any program, including 14 straight from 1988-2001. The Blue Devils notched their 20th overall regular season championship in 2012 with its 11-0 ACC record.

Blue Devils in ACC Tournament

Since the first ACC Tournament was held in 1986, Duke has posted a league record 59 wins. The Blue Devils are 59-10 all-time in the tournament, ranking them first with a .855 winning percentage. Duke has made it to the finals in 15 of the past 20 seasons.

ACC Regular Season Champions

On its way to its 20th ACC regular season championship, the Blue Devils won all 11 league matches in the regular season, and became just the second team since North Carolina in 2010 to achieve the feat. Duke has reached double-digit ACC wins three times in the last four years.

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 enters the weekend with a 360-82 (.814) career record and passed Kitty Harrison, who coached North Carolina from 1977-1998, and owned a 351-224 (.610) career mark in his 21 seasons.

ACC Singles Dominance

The Blue Devils own a 54-5 record in ACC singles matches this season, combining for the most wins and fewest losses of any team in the league. Winners of more than 91 percent of its conference singles matches, Duke dropped more than one singles match in just one of its 11 league matches.

Shutout Machine

Duke recorded seven shutouts in its 11 ACC regular season matches, the most in school history. Thirteen  of the Blue Devils' 22 wins this season were of the shutout variety, while nine of them were perfect, 7-0 victories.                                                                 

20-Win Plateau

Duke notched its fifth straight season with at least 20 victories with its 4-0 win over fifth-ranked North Carolina on April 12th. The Blue Devils have reached the 20-win plateau in 15 of their last 17 seasons.                                                                       

Consistency in the Rankings

Duke has been ranked in the top-five in 25 straight ITA polls - the longest active streak in the nation. The Blue Devils have also been ranked in the top-10 for 71 straight weeks.

Ranked Players

The Blue Devils possess six players with national rankings, along with three doubles teams in the top 50. Duke and Florida, are the nation's only teams with six ranked singles players.                                                                                                                        

Capra One of Top Freshmen

Freshman Beatrice Capra has put together a very impressive first year as a Blue Devil. The nation's second-ranked player and five-time ACC Player of the Week has a 24-3 singles record, an incredible 18-1 ledger in dual singles matches, a 9-0 mark in ACC play and an unbelievable 15-3 standing against ranked opponents. In doubles she has tallied 26 wins, which ranks tied for seventh amongst freshmen on Duke's all-time list.                                         

Doubles Pair Ties School Record

Senior Monica Gorny and junior Mary Clayton won their 16th ACC doubles match together in an 8-1 win in the No. 3 spot against Maryland on April 15, tying two other Blue Devil tandems for the most in program history. Wendy Lyons and Monica Mraz, as well as Vanessa Webb and Karen Goldstein also have 16 victories.

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ACC Women's Tennis Bracket