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No. 3 Duke Surges Past No. 17 Notre Dame, 6-1
Friday 03/03/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Despite dropping the doubles point for just the second time this spring, the third-ranked Duke women's tennis team swept all six singles matches to claim a 6-1 victory at 17th-ranked Notre Dame Saturday afternoon. With the win, head coach Jamie Ashworth picked up career victory No. 348 and is now just three shy of Kitty Harrison's ACC wins record.

In doubles, freshman Beatrice Capra and sophomore Rachel Kahan, ranked 21st in the country as a duo, lost an 8-4 decision to the Fighting Irish's second-ranked tandem of Kristy Frilling and Shannon Mathews. The loss for the Blue Devil unit was just their first of 2012, dropping their record to 10-1 in dual doubles.

Sophomore Hanna Mar and freshman Annie Mulholland picked up an 8-6 victory from the No. 3 spot over Chrissie McGaffigan and Jennifer Kellner, but the 54th-ranked duo of junior Mary Clayton and freshman Ester Goldfeld could not capitalize in the deciding doubles match, as Notre Dame's Britney Sanders and Julie Sabacinski clinched the doubles point with an 8-5 win.

In singles action, freshman and 65th-ranked Monica Turewicz notched a quick, 6-1, 6-2 win over Sabacinski in the No. 6 spot. The win improved Turewicz's record to 15-1 overall.

Ranked 68th in the country, Clayton followed up with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over McGaffigan in the No. 5 spot. Clayton leads the Blue Devils with 20 singles wins this season.

Goldfeld, ranked 108th, picked up a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Kellner in the No. 3 spot, despite trailing 4-1 in the second set, to put the Blue Devils ahead 3-1. With the win, the Brooklyn, N.Y. native extended her undefeated record to 8-0 in dual singles matches.

Mar, ranked 45th, clinched the match just a few moments later with a convincing 6-4, 6-2 victory over the 73rd-ranked Frilling in the No. 2 spot. The win was the Burr Ridge, Ill. native's 19th this season and improved her dual singles record to 6-2.

Ranked No. 2 in the nation, Capra rallied back from a 5-4 deficit to win the first set 7-6 (7-4), before surging to a 6-2 advantage in the second set to defeat the 52nd-ranked Mathews in the No. 1 spot. Capra is now 14-3 overall, 8-1 in dual singles play and has an 8-3 mark against ranked opponents.

After losing the first set, 6-3, Kahan fought back to take the second set 7-5 and win a third set tie-break, 10-7, to seal Duke's sweep of singles with an upset victory over the 102nd-ranked  Sanders at the No. 4 spot.

The Blue Devils will remain on the road, traveling to Orlando, Fla. for a matchup with Central Florida next Friday, Mar. 9, at 2 p.m.

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