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Nze Named ITA All-America; Final Rankings Announced
Tuesday 06/07/2010  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C.-Junior Ellah Nze was named to the 2010 Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-America team, the organization announced today in conjunction with its final national rankings of the season. Nze and five other Blue Devils earned recognition in ITA were ranked among the top 75 players nationally in either singles or doubles. As a team, Duke finished the year ranked ninth overall.

Junior Reka Zsilinszka led all Blue Devils in the No. 39 spot in singles, while Nze was 44th and Elizabeth Plotkin finished the year ranked 74th. In doubles action, Nze and senior Amanda Granson completed their first season as a pair in the No. 18 spot. The tandems of Mary Clayton and Monica Gorny and Plotkin and Zsilinszka were 37th and 71st, respectively.

Nze captured her second career All-America honor after advancing to the NCAA Individual Singles Tournament round of 16. She also earned All-American recognition in 2009. Nze finished the 2009-10 season with a 24-15 overall record and 15-11 mark in dual matches. Playing primarily in Duke's No. 1 singles position, the native of Tampa, Fla., captured her third consecutive All-ACC honor after helping the Blue Devils post a 7-4 conference mark. For her career, Nze is 84-38 in singles action and 77-15 in doubles.

A two-time All-America, Zsilinszka finished her season with a 29-12 overall mark and a 19-4 record in dual matches. She played primarily in the No. 3 spot in singles and posted an undefeated 9-0 record in ACC play. A native of Fayetteville, N.C., Zsilinszka was voted to the All-ACC team for the third consecutive season and qualified for the NCAA individual singles draw for the third straight time. On March 21, Zsilinszka became the 18th Blue Devil in program history to record her 100th career singles victory. For her career she is 110-26 in singles play.

After nearly two years away from the court due to injuries, Plotkin turned in an outstanding season with a 27-11 overall record. She posted an impressive 20-7 mark in dual matches and played primarily in the second spot in Duke's lineup. She joined Nze and Zsilinszka on the All-ACC team, capturing the honor for the first time in her career. She won 17 of 18 matches to start the season, earning ACC Player of the Week recognition on Feb. 22. She also was named to the ITA National Indoor Championship All-Tournament Team in the No. 3 singles position for her play throughout the early season tournament.

In doubles action, Granson and Nze led was Duke's top tandem with a 19-12 overall record. They went 15-10 in dual matches and represented the Blue Devils in the top spot throughout the season. The duo of Clayton and Gorny were outstanding after joining forces midway through the season. The team finished 10-3 overall and 6-3 against ACC foes. Plotkin and Zsilinszka led all teams with a 21-7 record and an 18-6 mark in dual contests.

The Blue Devils finished with a 22-8 overall record and a 7-4 mark in ACC play. Duke earned its 22nd NCAA Tournament berth and advanced to the quarterfinal round for the 15th time in program history after upsetting No. 7 seed UCLA in the round of 16.

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