STANFORD, Calif. – The third-seeded Duke women’s tennis team has been preparing for its round of 16 matchup against Georgia Tech since arriving in Palo Alto on Tuesday. The Blue Devils and the Yellow Jackets will square off at 9 a.m. (PT), 12 p.m. (ET), on Friday at the Taube Tennis Center.
Recapping the Tournament So Far….
Duke cruised through its opening two rounds of the NCAA Tournament with sweeps over Richmond and Yale. Against Richmond, the Blue Devils took care of business claiming the doubles point and winning three straight singles matches, highlighted by a 6-0, 6-0, win from Reka Zsilinszka. Duke followed its opening round performance with a 4-0, sweep of Yale in the second round to advance to the Round of 16.
Duke in the Round of 16
Duke is making its fourth consecutive appearance and 10th overall in the round of 16. The Blue Devils have posted an overall record of 6-3 in the round of 16 since it started in 2000. Overall in the NCAA tournament Duke has posted a 50-20 record and owns the most wins of any ACC school by 13.
Duke Versus Georgia Tech
Friday’s match marks the 36th overall meeting between Duke and Georgia Tech and is the first time the two schools have met in the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils currently hold a 32-3 advantage in the all-time series over the Yellow Jackets. The two schools last met on senior day during the regular season, as Duke defeated Georgia Tech 5-2.
Senior Ellah Nze Interview
Reaching the Century Mark
Seniors Ellah Nze and Nadine Fahoum captured their 100th career singles victories this season. Nze reached the 100-win mark in singles on Jan. 31 in a win over Texas A&M, and currently has an overall record of 109-55. Fahoum registered her 100th career singles victory against William & Mary on Jan. 22, and now owns a career mark of 107-33.
Zsilinszka Breaks Career ACC Win Record
Duke senior Reka Zsilinszka earned the 32nd ACC singles victory of her career against Maryland on March 27, surpassing former teammate Melissa Mang’s mark of 31. Zsilinszka finished her career with a record of 38-3 in singles action.
On a Streak
Freshman Rachel Kahan has won 28 straight matches in singles competition heading into Duke’s round of 16 match against Georgia Tech. Kahan, the 2011 ACC Freshman of the Year, has posted an unblemished dual match singles record of 26-0. The Unionville, Conn., native was also undefeated in ACC action this season with a record of 11-0. Kahan was recently selected as the 2011 ITA Carolina Regional Rookie of the Year for her accomplishments on the court this season.
Freshman Hanna Mar Interview
It Takes Two
Duke has been strong in doubles play throughout the season, with the team capturing the crucial single point in 20 of 28 matches. The Blue Devils have posted an amazing mark of 19-1 when claiming the doubles point this season.
Duke junior Monica Gorny and sophomore Mary Clayton has been a dynamic pair for the Blue Devils this season. The tandem has posted an overall record of 23-6, a mark of 17-4 in dual matches and was 9-1 against ACC opposition. The duo currently ranks tied for second on the career ACC doubles list at Duke with 15.