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Duke Opens NCAA Team Championship Play Friday
Sunday 05/07/2014  -  Duke Sports Information
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Round 1
No. 30 South Carolina (16-10, 6-7 SEC) vs. No. 35 Ohio State (19-8, 8-3 BIG TEN)
Friday, May 9 | 10:00 a.m.
Durham, N.C. | Ambler Tennis Stadium

No. 5 Duke (24-4, 11-3 ACC) vs. East Tennessee State (14-8, 7-1 A-Sun)
Friday, May 9 | 1:00 p.m.
Durham, N.C. | Ambler Tennis Stadium

Round 2
Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2
Saturday, May 10 | 3:00 p.m.
Durham, N.C. | Ambler Tennis Stadium

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DURHAM, N.C. – The fifth-ranked Duke women’s tennis team is set to compete in the NCAA Team Championship for the 26th time in school history when the fourth-seed Blue Devils (24-4, 11-3 ACC) host East Tennessee State (14-8, 7-1 A-Sun) Friday, May 9 at 1 p.m. No. 30 South Carolina (16-10, 6-7 SEC) and No. 35 Ohio State (19-8, 8-3 BIG TEN) are also scheduled to compete in first-round play, with the contest set for Friday, May 9, at 10 a.m. The winner of each match will face off Saturday, May 10, at 3 p.m.

Tickets are on sale for the matches and can be purchased at GoDuke.com/tickets. Adult tickets are available for $5, while individuals between the age of three and 18 and seniors over the age of 62 can purchase tickets for $3.

Scouting East Tennessee State
The Blue Devils face the Buccaneers for the first time in school history, Friday. East Tennessee State enters the contest with a 14-8 overall ledger and a 7-1 conference mark. East Tennessee State won 11 of its last 12 matches, including a 4-1 victory over No. 62 College of Charleston. The Buccaneers own a 1-4 mark against nationally ranked opponents this season.

The Buccaneers showcase depth in singles, boasting four individuals with 14 wins in 2014, including Jessica Brumit and Salma Dahbi, both of whom dropped just three matches this season. Brumit also leads the team with a nine-match win streak. Joining Brumit and Dabhi in amassing 14 wins is Ana Gerbasi (14-5) and Lyn Yee Choo (14-4). Choo has played primarily at the No. 1 position for the Buccaneers, accumulating nine wins in 13 contests.

In doubles, East Tennessee State is led by the pair of Giulia Andreazza and Brumit. With a 12-3 record, the duo leads the team in doubles wins and put a seven-match win streak on the line Friday. The tandem of Ana Gerbasi and Choo enter the tournament with a 10-4 ledger, playing all 14 matches at the No. 1 position this season.

Scouting South Carolina
Should Duke and South Carolina meet in the second round of the NCAA Team Championship, it would be the 24th meeting between the two teams, with the Blue Devils holding a 15-8 advantage over the Gamecocks. The last time the two teams met, May 12, 2012, when Duke defeated South Carolina, 4-0, in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The two teams met in the NCAA tournament once before, on May 10, 2003, with the Blue Devils routing the Gamecocks, 4-0 in the contest. Duke is currently on a six-match win streak when facing South Carolina, in addition to winning 13 of the last 14 meetings between the two teams.

The Gamecocks begin tournament play with a 16-10 ledger. South Carolina registered a five-match win streak early in the season and registered eight wins over nationally ranked opponents.

Three singles players eclipsed the 20-win mark this season, including Meghan Blevins (20-13), Caroline Dailey (20-10) and No. 73 Elixane Lechemia (21-10). Joining Lechemia in the national rankings is No. 107 Katerina Popova, who sits at 17-11 this season.

The Gamecocks landed two doubles pairs on the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) rankings. The tandem of Lechemia and Dominika Kanakova rank 26th in the nation while Popova and Blevins rank 51st this season. Lechemia and Kanakova won nine of the pair’s 13 matches while Popova and Blevins enter Friday’s contest with a 5-2 mark.

Scouting Ohio State
Should Duke and Ohio State meet in the second round of the NCAA Team Championship, it would mark the seventh time the two teams met and the first match between the two teams in an NCAA tournament. Duke remains undefeated against the Buckeyes, owning a perfect 6-0 mark. Duke won the most recent contest between the two teams, taking the match, 4-2 on Feb. 1, 2009.

Ohio State amassed a 19-8 record during the 2014 season, including a 6-8 ledger when competing against nationally ranked opponents. The Buckeyes recorded both a seven-match and an eight-match win streak earlier in the season, and enter tournament play with an 8-2 mark in the team’s last 10 contests.

Ohio State is represented on the ITA list by the 85th ranked singles player Gabriella De Santis and the 62nd-ranked doubles team of Grainne O’Neill and Noelle Malley.

De Santis, Ohio State’s primary singles player at the No. 1 position, sits at 21-11 for the season. In addition to De Santis, Miho Kowase (25-10) and O’Neill (21-12) also surpassed the 20-win plateau this season.

The doubles team of Malley and O’Neill own an even 8-8 record and look to turn around a two-match losing streak. Sandy Niehaus and Gabriella De Santis pace the Buckeyes in doubles with a near-perfect mark of 18-2 this season. The pair is currently on a 13-match win streak.   

Duke in ITA Polls
The Duke women’s tennis team moved up one spot to No. 5 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings, released May 1. The Blue Devils are also heavily represented in the rankings by four singles players and five doubles pairs.

Beatrice Capra held steady at No. 7 in the latest rankings, continuing to headline the Blue Devil contingent this season. Ester Goldfeld, also appearing on the ITA’s list throughout the season, remained ranked among the nation’s top-30 singles players, appearing at No. 27. Hanna Mar, currently ranked 36th by the ITA, has not appeared outside of the top 40 since Feb. 25, while freshman Chalena Scholl currently ranks 116th.

In doubles, Duke’s tandem of Capra and Mar remained in the top-five, appearing at No. 5. Two additional Duke doubles teams, including the duo of Goldfeld and Alyssa Smith and the tandem of Annie Mulholland and Goldfeld ranked among the nation’s top 50, appearing at No. 36 and No. 45, respectively. The team of Goldfeld and Marianne Jodoin and the pairing of Mulholland and Scholl rounded out Duke’s nationally-ranked doubles teams, appearing at No. 60 and No. 69, respectively.

Duke in the NCAA Tournament
Duke enters its 25th consecutive NCAA Team Championship Friday. The Blue Devils have competed admirably in tournament play, compiling an all-time record of 57-24 (.704), which ranks the Blue Devils fifth in the NCAA in winning percentage.

With Jamie Ashworth at the helm, the Blue Devils have reached the NCAA Team Championship in each of his 18 years as head coach, dating back to his first year holding the position in 1997. Duke won an NCAA Championship with Ashworth as head coach in 2009. Duke owns a 46-16 record in the NCAA Team Championship under the direction of Ashworth.

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