DURHAM, N.C. – Three singles players and one doubles pair from Duke’s sixth-ranked women’s tennis team will represent the squad in the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis championship, as announced by the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Subcommittee Wednesday afternoon. The announcement comes one day after the Blue Devils received the fourth-seed in the NCAA Team Championship.
Sophomore Beatrice Capra, junior Ester Goldfeld and senior Hanna Mar each received at-large bids. All three have remained consistently ranked among the nation’s top 50 singles players this season, with Capra headlining the trio, ranking seventh overall. Goldfeld and Mar rank 26th and 35th, respectively on the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) list.
Capra, who garnered the fifth seed in the competition, earns All-America honors for the second time in her career, receiving the same recognition during her freshman campaign. The Ellicott City, Md., native currently owns a 27-8 overall singles record, including a mark of 16-6 against nationally ranked opponents.
Goldfeld leads the Blue Devils in singles wins this season with 28 victories, including 10 at the No. 2 position. In addition, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native is a perfect 4-0 when playing at the No. 1 position this season.
Mar also enters NCAA championship competition with 27 wins, posting a near-perfect 11-2 mark at the No. 3 position in 2014. Mar helped guide the Blue Devils to the championship match in the ACC Tournament last weekend, defeating North Carolina’s 50th-ranked Caroline Price in singles to clinch the team victory.
The trio is set to compete in a field of 64 singles players, all of whom met the NCAA selection criteria for at-large selections, which includes a minimum of 13 singles matches completed and at least six matches played in the spring.
Mar and Capra, currently ranked fifth on the ITA’s doubles list, were also chosen as at-large selections for the doubles competition. The duo earned one of the final four seeds in the draw and will compete as either the fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth seed in the event. The pair has amassed more wins in doubles for the Blue Devils this season than any other pair, owning a 17-5 mark.
Duke’s 30th-ranked doubles pair of Goldfeld and freshman Alyssa Smith represents Duke as one of six alternates, behind only Clemson’s team of Beatrice Gumulya and Jessy Rompies.
Both Duke doubles tandems met the NCAA selection criteria, which requires a minimum of 10 matches completed, with five being played in the spring.
Both singles and doubles competitions will be played May 21-26 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., following the conclusion of the team championship.