DURHAM, N.C. – The seventh-ranked Duke women’s tennis team continues conference play as it hosts No. 27 Virginia Friday, March 29 at 1 p.m. and No. 60 Virginia Tech Saturday, March 30 at 3 p.m. at Ambler Tennis Stadium. The Blue Devils seek to continue their 13 conference match win streak, and attempt to start the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) season 4-0 for the fourth consecutive year and the 12th time under head coach Jamie Ashworth.
Last weekend, Duke opened its ACC slate with wins against N.C. State and Wake Forest. On Saturday, the Blue Devils downed N.C. State, 4-1, in Raleigh for the team’s 28th consecutive victory in ACC season openers. Duke returned to the courts Sunday to cruise past Wake Forest, 6-1, at Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center, where senior Nicole Lipp earned the first doubles win of her career while paired with junior Marianne Jodoin.
The squad is led by junior Hanna Mar who was tabbed at No. 19 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings after recording a 5-3 singles record in singles match while playing in the top position for Duke. In addition to Mar, the Blue Devils had four players ranked in the ITA poll with sophomore Ester Goldfeld listed at No. 52, Jodoin at No. 94 and senior Mary Clayton a few spots behind at No. 99. Sophomore Monica Turewicz was tabbed at No. 123 in the poll.
Jodoin, a native of Varennes, Quebec, leads the team with a perfect 12-0 singles record in dual matches this season, and is the midst of an 18 consecutive singles match win streak. Clayton is also in the process of etching her name into the record books, as she has tallied 26 career ACC singles wins, moving her into a tie for sixth place on Duke’s all-time list. In addition, Clayton has recorded 105 career singles wins, the 14th most wins in the Duke record book.
On Saturday, the squad will host No. 27 Virginia who enter the match with an 8-6 overall record, as well as a 3-0 mark in conference play. The Cavaliers are led by 16th-ranked Julie Elbaba who owns a 23-8 singles record on the year, as well as a 7-6 mark in dual matches. The two squads have met 59 times in program history, with Duke owning the series lead, 54-4.
The Blue Devils will then return to the courts on Sunday as they take on the Hokies, who were tabbed at No. 60 in the ITA poll. Duke and Virginia Tech have met 17 times in program history, with Duke being a perfect 17-0 in those outings. The Hokies enter the weekend with a 13-3 overall record, including a 2-1 mark in ACC play. Virginia Tech is led by freshman Ilinca Stoica, who owns an 11-4 singles record this season while playing in the top-spot for the team.
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