DURHAM, N.C. - The 2017-18 Duke women’s tennis schedule was announced Monday by head coach Jamie Ashworth with the Blue Devils slated to compete in six events during the fall season, leading up to the start of dual match play in January.
Duke opens its fall campaign by hosting the Duke Invitational from Sept. 15-17 in Cary, N.C. The Blue Devils then travel across the country for the Oracle Masters in Malibu, Calif., Sept. 21-24 and the 2017 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif., from Sept. 30-Oct. 8. Duke returns east for the ITA Regionals competition in Chapel Hill, N.C., from Oct. 19-23. Qualifying team members travel to Indian Wells, Calif., for the ITA Women’s Fall Championships Nov. 1-5, while the remainder of the team will take the courts at the Kitty Harrison Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. from Nov. 3-5.
The team begins the second semester with the Hills Family Trip as the Blue Devils travel to Honolulu, HI., for the Rainbow Invitational from Jan. 17-18. Immediately following is the start of dual match season when Elon comes to Durham, N.C. on Jan. 24.
During the last weekend of January, Duke will host the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Kickoff Weekend. Duke opens the tournament Jan. 27 against Fresno State before playing either LSU or Washington Jan. 28 to close the weekend-long event.
February includes a full slate of competition. The month starts with Duke traveling to Ann Arbor, Mich., to battle Michigan on Feb. 3, before a trip to Madison, Wis., Feb. 9-12 for the National Team Indoors event. The Blue Devils then make the short trip to Raleigh, N.C., Feb. 18 for the team’s first ACC opponent of the season, NC State. Duke hosts Dartmouth on Feb. 25 to wrap up its February slate.
Duke opens March in Winston Salem, N.C., on March 2 against Wake Forest and then immediately heads to Charlottesville, Va., to face Virginia on March 4. The road trip continues with the Spearman Family Trip as the Blue Devils matchup with TCU in Lake Nona, Fla., on March 14 followed by traveling to Chestnut Hill, Mass., for a match against Boston College on March 17. Duke returns to Durham to close out the month with matches against Notre Dame (March 23), Miami (March 25), Florida State (March 29) and Louisville (March 31).
The final month of the regular season begins with Duke heading to Atlanta, Ga., on April 6 for a matchup with Georgia Tech. After a brief return home to face Clemson on April 8, Duke heads north to meet Syracuse on April 13 in Syracuse, N.Y., and Pittsburgh on April 15 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Duke closes out the regular season with home matches against UNC (April 20) and Virginia Tech (April 22).
Postseason for the Blue Devils begins with the ACC Tournament, scheduled for April 25-29 in Cary, N.C.
Last season Duke posted an overall record of 22-6 and went 13-1 in ACC competition to earn a share of the conference regular season title. Duke opens fall competition with the Duke Invitational Friday, Sept. 15, in Cary, N.C.