No. 1 Duke (18-1) vs. No. 70 NC State (7-8)
Friday, April 4 | 3 p.m.
Durham, N.C. | Ambler Tennis Stadium
No. 1 Duke (18-1) vs. No. 14 Miami (14-2)
Sunday, April 6 | 12 p.m.
Durham, N.C. | Ambler Tennis Stadium
DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 1 ranked Duke women’s tennis team enters Friday’s contest against NC State following two wins over the weekend. The Blue Devils dealt a 7-0 loss to Maryland Friday and defeated Pittsburgh, 6-1, Sunday. Duke now owns a 10-match winning streak following the victories over the weekend. The Blue Devils put the winning streak on the line against NC State Friday, April 4, in Durham, N.C. Following the in-state matchup, Duke welcomes Miami to Durham Sunday, April 6.
All regular season Duke women’s tennis home events at Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center and Ambler Tennis Stadium are free to the public. General public parking is available in the Blue Zone parking lot off of Duke University Road.
NC State Series History
The Blue Devils lead the series against the Wolfpack, 53-1. Duke has defeated NC State in eight-straight meetings, dating back to March 19, 2008. Prior to suffering its only loss in school history to NC State April 14, 2007, the Blue Devils held a 45-match win streak over the Wolfpack that dated back to when the two teams first met in 1974. In the 53 wins against NC State, Duke has outscored the Wolfpack by a combined 359-54. In the 54 meetings between the two teams, the Wolfpack have been shut out by Duke 24 times.
Scouting the Wolfpack
The Wolfpack, currently 7-8 overall this season and 1-7 in conference competition, enter Friday’s contest on a five-match losing streak. NC State opened the season on a six-match winning streak before dropping eight of its next nine contests. During the 2014 season, the Wolfpack have posted victories over three nationally ranked programs, including No. 70 Missouri, No. 59 Syracuse and No. 62 Winthrop.
NC State is led by Joelle Kissell, the Wolfpack’s top singles player at the No. 1 position this season. Kissell currently sits at 12-14 overall and has won four-straight matches. Kissell defeated five of the eight conference opponents she faced this season.
In doubles, the duo of Elisha Hande and Nicole Martinez opened the season at 9-5 before dropping eight-straight matches. With a 9-13 record, including a 4-5 ledger at the No. 1 position, Hande and Martinez are tied for the most doubles wins by a Wolfpack pair this season. Joining the duo is Kissell and Sophie Nelson, who also recorded nine doubles victories. Kissell and Nelson are 9-3 this season, with wins in seven of their last 10 matches.
Miami Series History
The Blue Devils lead the series against the Hurricanes, 12-11. In the most recent meeting between the two teams, Duke fell to Miami, 4-0, April 14, 2013. The longest win streak the Blue Devils owned over the Hurricanes came between March 16, 1990 and Feb. 4, 2005, when Duke won seven consecutive matches. Neither program has demonstrated dominance over the other, with the combined margin of victory over 23 matches at just one, with Duke outscoring Miami, 81-80.
Scouting the Hurricanes
The Hurricanes face North Carolina Saturday, prior to the meeting between Duke and Miami Sunday. Miami remains undefeated in conference play, posting an 8-0 record. The Hurricanes caught their rhythm in the second half of the season, heading into this weekend’s competitions on a 10-match win streak. During the stretch, Miami defeated eight nationally ranked opponents, including No. 22 Notre Dame, No. 56 Boston College, No. 19 Georgia Tech, No. 64 NC State, No. 17 Baylor, No. 68 Princeton, No. 67 Syracuse and No. 75 Wake Forest.
Two Miami singles players appear among the nation’s top 125, including No. 49 Kelsey Laurente and No. 61 Stephanie Wagner. Laurent, currently 12-2 on the season, is 3-1 against nationally ranked opponents and a perfect 7-0 at the No. 2 position in 2014. Wagner, unbeaten in her last 10 matches, has dropped just two of her 17 matches this season and owns a perfect 8-0 mark in conference action. Monique Albuquerque and Melissa Bolivar both join Wagner in notching 10-straight wins.
In doubles, the tandem of Albuquerque and Clementina Riobueno lead Miami’s doubles pairs, ranked 23rd in the nation. Albuquerque and Riobueno enter Saturday’s contest against North Carolina with a record of 16-1, while the duo of Laurente and Bolivar rank 28th with a 10-1 mark.
Jodoin Joins the 100-Win Club
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 won six consecutive matches, bringing her career record to 106-39. Jodoin is a near-perfect 13-2 in dual matches this season and owns a perfect 5-0 ledger at the No. 5 position. Jodoin has also proven herself a tough conference matchup, defeating 25 of her 26 conference opponents during her time at Duke.
Ashworth’s 400th Win
With Duke’s 7-0 victory over Maryland Saturday, March 28, head coach Jamie Ashworth became just the 19th Division I women’s tennis head coach to reach the 400-win mark. Ashworth owns a 401-94 record over 18 seasons with the Blue Devils. The 400th win came against Ashworth’s alma mater, where he played tennis all four years.
Duke in ITA Polls
Duke remains atop the ITA team rankings, marking the third consecutive week as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation and the seventh week since Feb. 11. The Blue Devils secured the No. 1 ranking after winning the ITA National Team Indoors Championship in Charlottesville, Va,. Feb. 10.
Four singles players and four doubles pairs also garnered rankings from the ITA. The Blue Devils are headlined by Beatrice Capra, who ranks fifth in the latest ITA polls, released March 25. In addition to Capra, 24th-ranked Ester Goldfeld, 31st-ranked Hanna Mar and 89th-ranked Alyssa Smith also represent Duke in the ITA rankings.
In doubles, Capra and Mar lead the Blue Devils after ranking sixth among the top-80 doubles pairs in the nation. The 24th-ranked team of Goldfeld and Smith also earned a top-30 ranking. The 32nd-ranked duo of Annie Mulholland and Goldfeld and the 49th-ranked pair of Goldfeld and Marianne Jodoin rounded out the Duke contingent ranked by the ITA.
Home Sweet Home
The Blue Devils remain undefeated at home this season, posting a perfect 9-0 mark in Durham. During the nine-match stretch, the Blue Devils defeated opponents by a combined score of 49-7, with an average margin of victory at nearly five matches. Duke’s home winning streak dates back to Jan. 12 when the Blue Devils defeated William & Mary, 6-1.
Scholl Returns to Lineup
Chalena Scholl returned to the doubles lineup March 26 against No. 11 Northwestern following an injury that forced the Pompano Beach, Fla., native to miss over three weeks of competition. Scholl paired with Mulholland in her first match back and played to a 4-5 unfinished contest. Scholl took the courts in singles play March 28, marking the first time since March 2 she saw singles action. In her return, Scholl posted a 2-0 ledger, defeating Maryland’s Kristina Hovsepyan, 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 3 position. Scholl followed the performance by upending Pittsburgh’s Taylor Washington, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, at the No. 2 position March 30.
Ester Goldfeld and Marianne Jodoin each enter Friday’s contest on a seven-match singles win streak. During Goldfeld’s seven-match stretch, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native has posted victories over three nationally ranked opponents, including North Carolina’s 83rd-ranked Whitney Kay, Northwestern’s 36th-ranked Belinda Niu and Pittsburgh’s 114th-ranked Audrey Ann Blakely. Jodoin’s streak includes a combined seven sets where the Varennes, Quebec, native did not drop a game.