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Duke Set to Face Northwestern Wednesday
Friday 03/25/2014  -  Duke Sports Information
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Match 17
No. 1 Duke (15-1) vs. No. 9 Northwestern (9-3)
Wednesday, March 26 | 3 p.m.
Durham, N.C.

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DURHAM, N.C. – The top-seeded Duke women’s tennis team remains home Wednesday, facing No. 9 Northwestern at 3 p.m. The match will take place in either the Sheffield Tennis Center or Ambler, depending on match-time temperatures. The Blue Devils are coming off a 6-0 victory over No. 43 Florida State, the second consecutive 6-0 victory for the Blue Devils.  

All regular season Duke women’s tennis home events at Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center and Ambler Tennis Stadium are free to the public. General public parking is available in the Blue Zone parking lot off of Duke University Road.

Northwestern Series History
The Blue Devils lead the series against the Wildcats, 15-5. Duke enters Wednesday’s contest on a six-match win streak against Northwestern, dating back to Feb. 28, 2009. Over the 20-match stretch, the Blue Devils have outscored the Wildcats, 90-46. The last time the two teams met, on Feb. 8, 2013, Duke earned a 4-1 victory.

Scouting the Wildcats
The Wildcats currently sit at 9-3 overall this season, including a perfect 3-0 mark against B1G 10 opponents. Northwestern enters Wednesday’s contest on a four-match win streak, dating back to Feb. 20, when the Wildcats defeated Indiana, 7-0.  Northwestern has defeated both Illinois and Georgia Tech by a combined score of 14-0.

Three Northwestern singles players rank among the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) top 125, including No. 32 Belinda Niu, No. 36, Veronica Corning and No. 118, Jillian Rooney. Niu, 18-3 this season, is undefeated at the No. 2 position for the Wildcats, owning a perfect 9-0 record. In addition, Niu enters Wednesday’s competition on a 13 match win streak. Corning, with a 17-7 ledger, has won the second most singles matches this season, behind only Niu. Rooney 15-8 overall in singles matches in 2014 and owns a 2-1 record in BIG 10 matches.

In addition to three ranked singles players, Northwestern also boasts three ranked doubles teams. The highest-ranked Northwestern doubles tandem of Corning and Alicia Barnett ranks 47th on the ITA list, while Maddie Lipp and Nida Hamilton appear at No. 62 on the list. The 78th-ranked duo of Manon Peri and Niu round out the Northwestern doubles team in the top 80. Barnett and Corning enter Wednesday’s match with a 16-6 ledger while Lipp and Hamilton have amassed a 13-7 mark.

Jodoin Joins the 100-Win Club
Jodoin eclipsed the 100-win mark on Feb. 23, defeating Syracuse’s Komal Safdar, 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 6 position. Since surpassing 100 wins, Jodoin won five consecutive matches, bringing her career record to 105-39. Jodoin is a near-perfect 11-2 in dual matches this season and owns a perfect 5-0 ledger at the No. 5 position. Jodoin has also proven herself a tough conference matchup, defeating 23 of her 24 conference opponents during her time at Duke.

No. 3 Positions
Duke remains undefeated at the No. 3 position in singles play this season. The Blue Devils are a perfect 13-0 on court three in singles, with senior Hanna Mar posting a perfect 7-0 mark in the No. 3 position. Duke is also a near-perfect 11-1 at the No. 3 position in doubles this season, with the duo of senior Marianne Jodoin and freshman Alyssa Smith contributing a 6-0 record.

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