DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke women’s tennis team rebounded from an injury plagued 2012-13 season, posting strong play throughout the 2013-14 campaign and advancing to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Team Championship. Numerous individual accolades were also earned by both head coach Jamie Ashworth and members of the team during the season.
Ashworth Named Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year
Jamie Ashworth was named the 2014 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year, an honor voted on by his peers, prior to the start of the NCAA Individual Championships. Ashworth guided the Duke women’s tennis team to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Team Championship for the eighth time in Duke history. In addition, the Blue Devils claimed the National Team Indoor Championship with a thrilling, 4-3, win over eventual NCAA Champion UCLA. In his 18th season as head coach, Ashworth earned his 400th career win at Duke and currently owns a 410-98 (.807) overall record.
The Duke women’s tennis team proved equally successful in the classroom throughout the 2013-14 season, showcasing a 3.56 grade point average and participating in a variety of community service projects throughout the year.
Duke in the ITA Team Rankings
The Blue Devils remained a fixture in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) top 10 in 2014. Never ranked outside the top 10 throughout the season, Duke held the No. 1 ranking for a total of nine weeks, including five consecutive weeks from Mar. 18 through April 15.
Duke concluded the season with three singles players and four doubles teams ranked by the ITA. Sophomore Beatrice Capra remained in the top 10, concluding the season as the fifth-ranked singles player in the nation. Joining Capra in the top 20 was junior Ester Goldfeld, who ranked 17th in the final ITA poll. Senior Hanna Mar, ranked 31st overall, rounded out the Duke contingent in the singles rankings.
In addition to appearing on the ITA singles list, the duo of Capra and Mar also garnered the fourth overall ranking on the ITA doubles list. Goldfeld also appeared on the ITA doubles list, teaming with freshman Alyssa Smith to rank 46th, junior Annie Mulholland to rank 53rd and senior Marianne Jodoin to rank 76th.
Duke in NCAA Tournament for 26th Consecutive Season
The Blue Devils, appearing in their 26th consecutive NCAA Tournament, advanced to the quarterfinal round of NCAA play before falling to UCLA, 4-2. Duke’s appearance in the round of 16 marked the seventh straight year the Blue Devils advanced beyond the second round of the tournament. Duke defeated East Tennessee State, 4-0, in the first round before upending No. 30 South Carolina, 4-0, in the second round of play. The Blue Devils ousted Clemson in the round of 16, 4-1, before falling to UCLA, 4-2, in the quarterfinal round.
Ashworth & Mar Garner Regional Honors
Hanna Mar was named ITA Carolina Region Senior Player of the Year and Jamie Ashworth received the Carolina Region Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year honor.
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. The Burr Ridge, Ill., native remained ranked among the nation’s top-50 singles players by the ITA throughout the season.
Duke continued to thrive under Ashworth’s guidance this season, reaching its 11th conference final with Ashworth at the helm. In NCAA play, the Blue Devils advanced beyond the round of 16 for the eighth time in school history with Ashworth as head coach.
Mar and Jodoin Reach 100-Win Mark
With a 6-1, 6-3 victory over No. 3 UCLA’s 38th-ranked Kyle McPhillips, Mar became the 22nd singles player in Duke history to reach 100 career singles wins. Mar, who came into the season with 69 singles victories over her previous three seasons, posted a near-perfect mark of 12-2 in conference play this season, including a perfect 5-0 record while playing at the No. 2 position and an impressive 14-2 ledger at the No. 3 position. Mar concluded her career as a member of Duke’s tennis team with an overall mark of 100-39 (.719), owning the 16th best winning percentage among 100+ career winners.
Jodoin collected a 55-24 record at Fresno State before transferring to Duke prior to her junior campaign. Following an 18-2 mark last year, Jodoin registered a 26-9 mark for the 2014 season. She reached the 100-win plateau on Feb. 23 after defeating Syracuse’s Komal Safdar, 6-1, 6-4. For her career, she owns a 111-41 singles mark.
Trio of Duke All-Americans
Three members of the Duke women’s tennis team, including Beatrice Capra, Ester Goldfeld and Hanna Mar were each named ITA All-Americans. Capra and Goldfeld earned the honor after advancing beyond the round of 16 in the NCAA Singles Championship, while Mar and Capra reached the semifinal round of the NCAA Doubles Championship to garner All-American accolades in doubles. Duke tied Virginia and Georgia for the second-most All-Americans on the list with three.
Three Blue Devils Named to All-ACC First Team
Beatrice Capra, Ester 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.