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Duke Primed for NCAA Quarterfinal Action
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/16/2014
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NCAA Team Championship Quarterfinal Round
No. 5 Duke (27-4, 11-3 ACC) vs. No. 3 UCLA (24-2, 9-1 ACC) 
Saturday, May 17 | 4:00 p.m.
Athens, Ga. | Dan Magill Tennis Complex

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DURHAM, N.C. – The fifth-ranked Duke women’s tennis team is scheduled to face No. 3 UCLA in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Team Championship Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The Blue Devils reached the quarterfinal after defeating No. 14 Clemson, 4-1, in the round of 16 Thursday evening. UCLA advanced to the quarterfinal round after defeating No. 12 Miami, 4-0. The two teams met earlier this season, with the Blue Devils battling back from an early deficit to win the ITA National Team Indoor Title, 4-3 Feb. 10.  

Tickets for Saturday’s competition are available for purchase here. Single session tickets for adults are on sale for $10, while youth and senior citizen tickets are on sale for $6. Tickets for all sessions are also available for purchase at $100 for adults and $60 for youth or senior citizens.

The winner of Saturday’s contest between Duke and UCLA will face either top-seeded Georgia or eighth-seeded Florida Monday, May 19, at 1 p.m.

UCLA Series History
Duke and UCLA have faced one another nine times with the Bruins leading the series, 4-5. In the most recent meeting between the two teams, Duke came from behind to defeat UCLA, 4-3, in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 10.

Duke and UCLA meet for the fourth time in the NCAA Team Championship, with the Blue Devils owning a 2-1 advantage heading into Saturday’s contest. The Blue Devils held a two-match win streak over UCLA with a 4-0 victory on May 16, 2003 and a 4-2 win on May 20, 2010, however the Bruins upended Duke, 2-4, in the most recent NCAA Team Championship meeting on May 22, 2011.  

Scouting the Bruins
The third-ranked UCLA  team is tied with California and Stanford for the most appearances at the NCAA Team Championship, competing in its 33 this year. The fifth-seeded UCLA advanced to the quarterfinal round after defeating Sacramento State, 4-0, in the first round and Ole Miss, 4-0, in the second round. UCLA remained perfect through the round of 16, defeating No. 12 Miami, 4-0. The Bruins currently own a 24-2 overall record this season and an all-time mark of 78-31 in the NCAA tournament.

UCLA’s singles lineup showcases some of the best in the nation, placing five individuals on the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) latest rankings. Robin Anderson leads the Bruins in singles, ranking second in the nation behind only North Carolina’s Jamie Loeb. Two additional Bruins appear among the nation’s top 20, including eighth-ranked Jennifer Brady and 13th-ranked Chanelle Van Nguyen. No. 38 Kyle McPhillips and No. 75 Catherine Harrison round out UCLA’s appearance on the singles list.

In doubles, the duo of Brady and Anderson garnered the top ranking from the association, entering Saturday’s contest with 28 victories and just three defeats. Joining Brady and Anderson in the top 10 is the ninth-ranked pair of Harrison and McPhillips. In a hybrid of UCLA’s two doubles teams, Brady and Harrison have partnered seven times this season, winning six matches and ranking 31st in the nation.

Duke in ITA Polls
The Duke women’s tennis team moved up one spot to No. 5 in the latest ITA rankings, released May 1. The Blue Devils are also heavily represented in the rankings by four singles players and five doubles pairs.

Beatrice Capra held steady at No. 7 in the latest rankings, continuing to headline the Blue Devil contingent this season. Ester Goldfeld, also appearing on the ITA’s list throughout the season, remained ranked among the nation’s top-30 singles players, appearing at No. 27. Hanna Mar, currently ranked 36th by the ITA, has not appeared outside of the top 40 since Feb. 25, while freshman Chalena Scholl currently ranks 116th.

In doubles, Duke’s tandem of Capra and Mar remained in the top-five, appearing at No. 5. Two additional Duke doubles teams, including the duo of Goldfeld and Alyssa Smith and the tandem of Annie Mulholland and Goldfeld ranked among the nation’s top 50, appearing at No. 36 and No. 45, respectively. The team of Goldfeld and Marianne Jodoin and the pairing of Mulholland and Scholl rounded out Duke’s nationally-ranked doubles teams, appearing at No. 60 and No. 69, respectively.

Ashworth & Mar Garner ITA Regional Honors
Senior Hanna Mar and head coach Jamie Ashworth were both recognized by the ITA as Mar was named the Carolina Region Senior Player of the Year and Ashworth was honored as the Carolina Region Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year.

Mar has established herself as a fierce competitor in Duke’s lineup, amassing a 28-10 singles record this season. Owning a near-perfect ACC mark of 12-2, the Burr Ridge, Ill., native leads Duke in conference wins. Mar played a pivotal role in Duke’s ITA National Team Indoor title earlier in the season, not dropping a match during the tournament. Mar also clinched the singles point in the hotly-contested final against UCLA, which garnered her Most Outstanding Player honors at the conclusion of the event. With a singles win against No. 30 South Carolina over the weekend, Mar moved within three matches of the 100-win barrier in singles play. A three-time All-ACC honoree, Mar also contributed in doubles throughout the season, accumulating 22 wins and teaming with sophomore Beatrice Capra to rank fifth in the ITA doubles national poll.

Duke continues to thrive under the guidance of Ashworth, reaching its 11th conference final this season with Ashworth at the helm. The Blue Devils sat atop the ITA team rankings throughout the season, holding the No. 1 ranking for five consecutive weeks and remaining among the top 10 since the month of January. Ashworth saw three student-athletes, including Mar, Capra and junior Ester Goldfeld named to the All-ACC first team this season.

Three Named to All-ACC First Team
Beatrice CapraEster Goldfeld and Hanna Mar were each named to the All-ACC first team this season. Goldfeld and Mar received the honor for the third time in their respective careers while Capra received the recognition for the second time in her career.

Duke led the conference with three members named to the all-conference first team.

Duke in the NCAA Tournament
Duke is appearing in its 25th consecutive NCAA Team Championship. The Blue Devils have competed admirably in tournament play, compiling an all-time record of 60-24 (.714), which ranks the Blue Devils fifth in the NCAA in winning percentage.

With Jamie Ashworth at the helm, the Blue Devils have reached the NCAA Tournament in each of his 18 years as head coach, dating back to his first year holding the position in 1997. Duke won an NCAA Championship with Ashworth as head coach in 2009. Duke owns a 47-16 record in the NCAA Team Championship under the direction of Ashworth.

Kahan Strong in Return to Lineup
After surgery forced redshirt junior Rachel Kahan to miss all of last season, the Unionville, Conn., native has returned to Duke’s lineup in impressive fashion, compiling a 19-6 singles record this season and a 9-3 mark against conference opponents. Kahan is currently tied third on Duke’s all-time career ACC singles wins list with 28.

Kahan has been instrumental in the Blue Devils’ success in NCAA play in recent years, owning a perfect 10-0 record in singles in the NCAA Tournament. Most recently, Kahan helped guide Duke to the quarterfinal round of this year’s tournament, defeating East Tennessee State’s Sofia Espana, 6-0, 6-0, and No. 30 South Carolina’s Caroline Dailey, 6-1, 6-0, in the first two rounds before downing No. 14 Clemson’ s Jessy Rompies, 6-4, 6-3. In all three matches, Kahan led the Blue Devils off the courts in singles play.

Duke in the Round of 16
With the 4-0 second round victory over No. 30 South Carolina on Saturday, the Blue Devils advanced to the round of 16 for the seventh time in as many years and the 23rd time in school history. Duke has advanced beyond the round of 16 17 times in school history. The Blue Devils own a 17-6 mark in round of 16 play.

Duke in the Quarterfinals
With Duke’s win over Clemson Thursday evening, the Blue Devils advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the 17th time in school history. Duke has played beyond the quarterfinal round in eight tournaments, each time under the guidance of Ashworth. Prior to this season, Duke last reached the quarterfinal round in 2012, when the Blue Devils upended Georgia, 4-2. Duke would eventually fall to Florida, 4-3, in the semifinal round of the tournament that year.

Duke in the Semifinals
Should Duke reach the semifinals of the NCAA tournament, it would mark the eighth time in school history the Blue Devils advanced beyond the quarterfinal round. Duke’s most recent appearance in the semifinal round came in 2012, when the Blue Devils faced Florida. The Blue Devils own a 2-6 record when playing in the quarterfinal round, with the team’s most recent victory occurring in 2009 when Duke won the national championship.

Duke Streaks
The fifth-ranked doubles team of Beatrice Capra and Hanna Mar enter Saturday’s contest on a 12-match win streak, dating back to March 26. The tandem clinched the doubles point in all three rounds of this season’s NCAA Team Championship, with victories over No. 30 South Carolina’s 26th-ranked pair of Elixane Lechemia and Dominika Kanakova, 8-2, East Tennessee State’s Lyn Yee Choo and Ana Gervasi, 8-4, and No. 14 Clemson’s 17th-ranked pair of Yana Koroleva and Beatrice Gumulya, 8-6.

In singles, both Rachel Kahan and Chalena Scholl own five-match win streaks heading into Saturday. Since moving to the No. 4 position, Scholl is a perfect 5-0, improving her overall record to 11-6 this season. Three of Kahan’s five most recent victories came in the first three rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

Goldfeld Reaches 30 Wins in Season
With a 6-2, 6-2 victory over No. 107 Katerina Popova Saturday, May 10, Ester Goldfeld became the 56th player in Duke history to win 30 or more singles matches in a season. Goldfeld joined teammates Beatrice Capra (32), Rachel Kahan (31),Hanna Mar (30) and Marianne Jodoin (30) in reaching the wins milestone. In her win over Popova, Goldfeld clinched the victory for the Blue Devils against No. 30 South Carolina, advancing the team to the round of 16.

Jodoin Joins the 100-Win Club
Marianne Jodoin eclipsed the 100-win mark on Feb. 23, defeating Syracuse’s Komal Safdar, 6-1, 6-4, at the No. 6 position. Since surpassing 100 wins, Jodoin has won 10 matches, bringing her career record to 110-40. Jodoin is near-perfect 17-3 in dual matches this season and owns a perfect 6-0 ledger at the No. 5 position. Jodoin has also proven herself a tough conference matchup, defeating 27 of her 29 conference opponents during her time at Duke. Jodoin currently ranks tied fourth on Duke’s all-time career ACC singles wins list, with 27.