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Release: 05/11/2017
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Match 26
No. 15 Duke (20-5) vs. Boston University (11-10)
Friday, May 12 l 4 p.m.
Durham, N.C. | Ambler Tennis Stadium
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DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke women's tennis team makes its 28th consecutive NCAA Team Championship appearance on Friday, May 12, against Boston University (11-10) at 4 p.m. inside Ambler Tennis Stadium in Durham, N.C. Duke, the No. 15 overall seed, will host its second straight regional after going 1-1 in Durham a year ago.

Should Duke (20-5) defeat the Terriers Friday afternoon, it would face the winner of the Tennessee (18-11) versus Winthrop (19-5) match at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 13.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children three and older or students with ID. Tickets will be available for purchase online at www.goduke.com/tickets or on the day of the match at Ambler Tennis Stadium.

Versus Boston University ...
Friday's match against the Terriers will be the first in program history.

Duke Unbeaten in Recent First-Time Meetings ...
Since the start of the 2013 dual match season, Duke is 9-0 in first-time meetings. During the span, the Blue Devils own victories against East Tennessee State, Elon, Florida Gulf Coast, Fresno State, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Portland, Texas Tech and Wyoming.

Taking on the Volunteers ...
Duke leads the all-time series 17-3, but the teams have not met since a 4-1 Duke victory on February 18, 2011. Tennessee won three of the first five contests, from 1978-89, but the Blue Devils have captured the last 15 matches.

The 2011 contest was at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Charlottesville, Va., with the Blue Devils falling in the doubles point before winning four straight decisions in singles. At the time of the match, all six Duke singles players were ranked within the top 90, with No. 86 Elizabeth Plotkin downing Kata Szekely 7-6 (8), 6-1 on court four to clinch the match.

Against Winthrop ...
A potential Round of 32 matchup would be just the fifth meeting with the Eagles in program history. Duke holds a commanding 4-0 advantage in the series that began in 2000.

All four matches have been in the NCAA Team Championship in a Durham regional, with Duke not allowing a point to the Eagles in the four wins. The last meeting was a 4-0 Duke win on May 11, 2012. No. 85 Rachel Kahan clinched with a 6-4, 6-1 victory on court three against Sandra Herrera.

Duke Against the Patriot League, SEC and Big South ...
Entering this weekend's NCAA Team Championship, the Blue Devils have never played current members of the Patriot League, are a combined 93-76 against SEC clubs and 5-0 when facing all current Big South Conference members.

Strength in Numbers ...
Duke is one of nine ACC teams to receive a bid to the NCAA Team Championship, joining No. 2 seed North Carolina, No. 8 seed Georgia Tech, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, N.C. State, Notre Dame and Wake Forest.

The nine clubs are the second most of any league, behind only the SEC's 12 selections.

Tough at Home ...
Duke heads into the NCAA Team Championship with a 12-0 home record, good for the fifth most home wins in a year in program history. A year ago, the Blue Devils finished 11-3 in Durham.

Duke has not lost a regular season home match since falling 4-3 to Michigan on April 6, 2016. The Blue Devils have not lost a home ACC match since a 4-1 setback to North Carolina on March 29, 2016. Beginning with the 2013-14 campaign, the Blue Devils own a 45-5 record (.900 winning percentage) at home.

A Pair to the NCAA Singles Tournament ...
Senior Chalena Scholl and freshman Meible Chi were selected to represent Duke at the 2017 NCAA Singles Tournament May 24-29 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The doubles team of Chi and sophomore Kaitlyn McCarthy was named an alternate for the NCAA Doubles Tournament, held the same dates in the same complex.

Scholl and Chi received at-large bids to compete in the 64-player singles field and will be making their first career appearances in the singles championship.

Blue Devils in the NCAA Team Championship ...
Duke has six players who have competed in the NCAA Team Championship. A closer look at the six's singles and doubles records during the NCAA's premier team event:

Player Singles Doubles
Ellyse Hamlin 0-1 1-0
Samantha Harris 2-1 1-3
Kaitlyn McCarthy 0-1 1-1
Chalena Scholl 3-1 5-2
Rebecca Smaller 0-1 0-0
Alyssa Smith 0-1 4-3

Three All-ACC Honorees ...
Last month, Duke had three individuals earn All-ACC honors as Chi and junior Samantha Harris were first-team selections and Scholl was a second-team pick.

The Blue Devils had the third-most honorees, trailing only the Tar Heels' and Yellow Jackets' four. The all-league honor is the first in Chi's career, the second for Scholl and the third for Harris. Scholl repeats on the second squad while Harris was a third-team honoree the last two seasons.

McCarthy Nets 19th-Straight Victory ...
McCarthy's 6-3, 6-3 victory against Georgia Tech's Kenya Jones in the semifinals of the ACC Championship pushed her to a 22-1 dual match record and 19th consecutive victory. The last Blue Devil with at least 19 consecutive dual match victories was Kahan with 30 straight from September 18, 2010 – May 22, 2011.

McCarthy's only dual match setback this season was a 7-5, 6-4 loss to No. 34 Caroline Brinson of Georgia during the opening round of the ITA Team Indoor Championship.

Capturing the ACC Championship ...
Duke, North Carolina and Georgia Tech all finished 13-1 in conference play to tie for the ACC regular season title. The championship was the Blue Devils' first since 2012, when the program went 11-0 against league opponents and advanced to the NCAA Championship semifinals. The Blue Devils now own 20 regular season ACC titles and 17 ACC Tournament crowns. Duke won 12 consecutive regular season championships from 1988-99 before placing second in 2000. The Blue Devils ran off 14-straight ACC Tournament titles from 1988-2001.

Losses Few and Far Between ...
Of Duke's five losses this season, all came to NCAA Team Championship participants that were within the top 15 at the time of the match.

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