DURHAM, N.C. - The third-ranked Duke women's tennis team lost the doubles point for the first time at home this season, but rallied back to pick up its second win in as many days to remain undefeated in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), as the Blue Devils defeated Florida State, 4-2, Saturday afternoon at Ambler Tennis Stadium.
"Florida State is a good team," said head coach Jamie Ashworth. "They always give us trouble. It's amazing. They're gritty, they make you earn points [and] they run down balls. They do a great job with what they have and it's always a tough matchup for us. We're definitely happy to get through it."
In doubles action, Duke's 42nd-ranked duo of junior Mary Clayton and freshman Ester Goldfeld fell behind 3-1 in the early going of the No. 1 doubles match to Carolina de los Santos and Amy Sargeant. The Blue Devils fought back however, taking seven of the next eight games to seal an 8-4 victory. Freshman Annie Mulholland and sophomore Hanna Mar dropped a tough decision in the No. 3 spot to Francesca Segarelli and Mia Vriens, 8-6, leaving the doubles point to be decided on court two.
Duke's 25th-ranked duo comprised of freshman Beatrice Capra and sophomore Rachel Kahan, who jumped out to an early 3-0 advantage, lost a little momentum as the Seminoles' Leyla Erkan and Ruth Seaborne responded and took the next four games and a 4-3 lead in the No. 2 doubles match. The two sides would trade games, before the Blue Devils tied the match at seven-all. The Florida State duo went on to take the final two games, claimed a 9-7 victory and clinched the doubles point.
"I didn't think we played very good in doubles," Ashworth stated."We had a lot of opportunities in doubles and we didn't take advantage of them. We didn't serve very well today, but after doubles, we talked about how we needed to come out with energy in singles."
Duke (19-2, 8-0 ACC) responded in singles as the Clayton, the 70th-ranked player in the nation, picked up a quick 6-1, 6-2 victory over Sargeant in the No. 5 spot, tying the overall match at 1-1. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native leads the team with 28 singles wins this season.
"Mary doing a good job winning a quick match is something we always look for," Ashworth said. "It's always been kind of a mark of our program: lose the doubles point [and] you've got to get a quick singles match. I think she did a good job of that."
Ranked 86th in the country, Kahan powered her way to a 6-4, 6-0 triumph over Vriens in the No. 4 spot, while Capra, the nation's second-ranked player, fought through a tough first set before cruising in the second set to defeat Seaborne, 6-4, 6-0, in the No. 1 singles match. In the No. 3 spot, Segarelli cut the Blue Devils' lead to just one after outlasting the 51st-ranked Mar, 6-3, 6-3.
With Duke holding a 3-2 lead in the match, freshman and 92nd-ranked Monica Turewicz clinched the match over Florida State (11-8, 4-5 ACC) with a 6-4, 6-3 win over de los Santos in the No. 6 spot. The Lake Forest, Ill., native improved her record to 22-3 overall, 12-3 in dual singles matches and 7-1 in ACC play.
"Once I got up on her, she lost a little bit of confidence so I tried to make sure that I was constantly on her and attacking," Turewicz said. "I tried really hard to keep my energy up. I win most points when I'm positive and energized."
Duke will return to the courts Thursday, Apr. 12 when it hosts ACC rival and eighth-ranked North Carolina. Opening serve is set for 3 p.m.
#3 Duke 4, #31 Florida State 2
Apr. 07, 2012 at Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Stadium)
|1. #2 Beatrice Capra (DU) def. Ruth Seaborne (FSU) 6-4, 6-0|
|2. #112 Ester Goldfeld (DU) vs. Leyla Erkan (FSU) 6-3, 4-5, unfinished|
|3. Francesca Segarelli (FSU) def. #51 Hanna Mar (DU) 6-3, 6-3|
|4. #86 Rachel Kahan (DU) def. Mia Vriens (FSU) 6-4, 6-0|
|5. #70 Mary Clayton (DU) def. Amy Sargeant (FSU) 6-1, 6-2|
|6. #92 Monica Turewicz (DU) def. Carolina De los Sant (FSU) 6-4, 6-3|
|1. #42 Mary Clayton/Ester Goldfeld (DU) def. Amy Sargeant/Carolina De los Sant (FSU) 8-4|
|2. Ruth Seaborne/Leyla Erkan (FSU) def. #25 Beatrice Capra/Rachel Kahan (DU) 9-7|
|3. Francesca Segarelli/Mia Vriens (FSU) def. Hanna Mar/Annie Mulholland (DU) 8-6|
|Florida State 11-8, 4-5 ACC; National ranking #31|
|Duke 19-2, 8-0 ACC; National ranking #3|
|Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,4,1,3,6)|