No. 15 Duke (22-5) vs. No. 2 North Carolina (32-2)
Friday, May 19 l 9 a.m.
Athens, Ga. | Dan Magill Tennis Complex
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DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke women's tennis team makes its sixth NCAA Team Championship Round of 16 appearance in the past eight years on Friday, May 19, against North Carolina (32-2) at 9 a.m. inside the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
Duke (22-5), the No. 15 overall seed, advanced to the final 16 of the NCAA event after capturing the Durham Regional last weekend. The Blue Devils defeated Boston University 4-0 and No. 24 Tennessee, 4-1. North Carolina, the No. 2 overall seed, also won its regional last weekend, defeating Furman 4-0 and Ole Miss 4-1.
Should Duke defeat the Tar Heels on Friday morning, it would be the program's 19th trip to the quarterfinals, and first since 2014.
Versus North Carolina ...
Duke and North Carolina will meet for the 82nd time in program history Friday, with the Blue Devils owning a 46-35 advantage over the Tar Heels. The series began in 1971 with North Carolina taking 22 of the first 30 matches. Duke bounced back with a 26-match win streak from April 12, 1987, through March 21, 2004.
North Carolina has captured the last three meetings after Duke won all three matches in 2014. Last month in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels picked up a 5-2 victory. Duke captured the doubles point, but North Carolina answered with the first five singles decisions to clinch the match. Hayley Carter tallied the deciding point for North Carolina with a 7-5, 6-3 victory against junior Samantha Harris on court one.
Taking on the Cardinal ...
Stanford leads the all-time series 9-1, but the teams have met just once since 2007, with the Cardinal earning a 4-0 victory on February 21, 2015. Of the 10 matches between the two, nine have been on neutral courts with nine taking place at either the ITA National Team Indoor Championship or NCAA Team Championship.
During the 2015 meeting, the lone contest not at an ITA or NCAA event, Stanford swept through doubles and No. 16 Caroline Doyle clinched the match with a 6-0, 6-2 victory versus No. 94 Rachel Kahan on court three.
Against Michigan ...
A potential quarterfinal matchup would be the 12th in program history and just the second in the NCAA Team Championship. Duke leads the series 8-3, but Michigan has won two of the last three matches after the Blue Devils won seven of the first eight.
The last time the two teams met, the Wolverines came away wtih a 4-3 victory April 6, 2016, in Durham. That is the last home loss Duke suffered. Duke took the doubles point and pushed the lead to 3-0, but Michigan answered with three-straight singles wins to knot the match at 3-3. No. 19 Ronit Yurovsky came back to defeat No. 25 Beatrica Capra 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3 on court one to clinch the match for the Wolverines.
Duke Against the ACC, Pac-12 and Big Ten ...
Entering this weekend's NCAA Team Championship Round of 16, the Blue Devils own a combined record of 159-37 versus current members of the ACC, 31-21 against Pac-12 clubs and 116-22 when facing all current Big Ten members.
Looking To Get To The Quarterfinals ...
Duke will be looking for its 19th NCAA Team Championship quarterfinal appearance this week. The Blue Devils have not advanced to the quarterfinals since 2014.
Two members of the Duke roster have taken part in a quarterfinal match in seniors Chalena Scholl and Alyssa Smith. Both took part in singles and doubles during a 4-2 quarterfinal loss to UCLA. Scholl and Smith were both defeated in singles and Scholl lost her doubles match while Smith went unfinished.
Strength in Numbers ...
Duke is one of three ACC teams to win a regional and advance to the third round of the NCAA Team Championship, joining Georgia Tech and North Carolina. The three clubs are the second most by a league in the Round of 16, behind the SEC's six.
A Pair to the NCAA Singles Tournament ...
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 seven players who have competed in NCAA Team Championship action. A closer look at the seven's singles and doubles records during the NCAA's premier team event:
McCarthy Nets 21st-Straight Victory ...
McCarthy's 7-5, 6-1 victory against Tennessee's Sadie Hammond in the Round of 32 clinched the match to send Duke back to the NCAA Team Championship Round of 16, pushed her to a 24-1 dual match record and secured her 21st consecutive victory. The last Blue Devil with at least 21 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.
Chi on the Duke Freshman Singles Wins Chart ...
With a 6-1, 6-2 win versus No. 42 Brittany Lindl of Tennessee on May 13, Chi recorded her 32nd singles triumph of the year, tied for the fourth most in a year by a Blue Devil freshman. Vanessa Webb owns the record with 51 wins in 1996. The last Duke players to crack the list were Capra and Monica Turewicz with 32 victories in 2012.
Clinching Points ...
Duke's 22 wins this season have featured clinching points from a variety of individuals. All seven players who have participated in a singles match have clinched at least one for Duke this year. Scholl leads the way with seven clinches, including against Georgia Tech to capture the ACC regular season co-championship. Chi and McCarthy are tied for second with four matches clinched apiece.
Remaining in the Rankings ...
Duke has stood within the top 18 of the national rankings all season. The Blue Devils have been as high as No. 10, spending the first month of the season there.
Duke has not been outside of the top 20 since ranking 23rd in April of 2015.