CLEMSON, S.C. – In a match that took over five hours to complete, the top-ranked Duke women’s tennis team suffered its second loss in ACC play Thursday at 17th-ranked Clemson, 4-3, at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center in Clemson, S.C.
With the loss, Duke dropped to 21-2 overall and 11-2 in ACC play, while Clemson improved to 19-5, 11-2. The Blue Devils will close the regular season at Georgia Tech on Saturday, April 19 at 12:00 p.m.
For only the second time this season, Duke lost the doubles point to fall to 23-2 this season in doubles play. The Blue Devils led early on two of the three doubles courts, but the Lady Tigers took the third court, 8-4, as Jessy Rompies and Joana Eidukonyte downed 80th-ranked Annie Mulholland and Chalena Scholl. The loss for the Duke duo snapped a four-match win streak and was their first league defeat this season.
On court one and two, Duke led 6-5 and ended up collecting an 8-7 (7-2) win on court one as fifth-ranked Beatrice Capra and Hanna Mar knocked off Yana Koroleva and Romy Koelzer. After leading 6-5 on the second court, 22nd-ranked Ester Goldfeld and Alyssa Smith fell, 8-7 (7-3), to Beatrice Gumulya and Tristen Dewar to drop the important doubles point.
Duke opened singles play strong winning the first set on five of the first six courts and was able to even the match, 1-1, as 24th-ranked Goldfeld made quick work of Gumulya, 6-0, 6-1, on the third court. The win for Goldfeld, who is out of Brooklyn, N.Y., was her 10th straight singles victory. Redshirt junior Rachel Kahan then took down Rompies, 6-3, 6-3, to give the Blue Devils a 2-1 advantage.
After cruising to a 6-3 victory on court one, Scholl dropped two straight sets, 7-6 (7-4) and 6-1 against 31st-ranked Koelzer on court No. 2 to even the match at 2-2. The loss for Scholl snapped a four-match win streak for the rookie.
Once again, Duke went ahead in the match, 3-2, after 35th-ranked Mar defeated Dewar, 7-5, 6-4, on court four. The Blue Devils needed one more win to clinch the victory with fifth-ranked Capra on court one and senior Marianne Jodoin on court six remaining.
After dropping the first set, 7-6 (7-5), Capra cruised in the second set winning 6-2. Ranked fifth nationally with a 25-6 record, Capra lost the third set, 6-2, to even the match, 3-3.
Jodoin, who entered the day riding a nine-match winning streak, took the opening set, 7-6 (7-5) and led 5-3 in the second set with match point looming. Eidukonyte came back to win the second set, 7-5, and knocked off Jodoin, 6-0, in the third set to clinch the win for Clemson, 4-3.
Duke has lost only two matches this season against Virginia and Clemson, which were both on the road.