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Blue Devils Dominate SMU, 7-0
Sunday 02/17/2008  -  Duke Sports Information
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Sophomore Tara Iyer was victorious in singles and doubles competition...

DURHAM, N.C. – The 15th-ranked Duke women’s tennis team recorded a commanding 7-0 win over 60th-ranked Southern Methodist University on Sunday afternoon at Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.

With the win, the Blue Devils improve to 3-0 on the year while the Mustangs fall to 6-2.

Duke came out strong in doubles play notching a pair of 8-5 victories to clinch the point and head into singles competition with a 1-0 advantage.

Action at No. 2 doubles finished first, as sophomore Tara Iyer and freshman Reka Zsilinszka combined for a win over Kristen Reid and Jessica Yanoff, and the fifth-ranked Duke duo of junior Melissa Mang and sophomore Amanda Granson followed suit with a win over Natalia Bubien and Pavi Francis at the No. 1 spot.

At No. 3, the 21st-ranked Blue Devil tandem of sophomore Elizabeth Plotkin and freshman Ellah Nze dropped a tight 8-7 (8-6) decision to Kseniia Tokarieva and Nicole Briceno, as the tiebreaker was played with the score knotted at seven.

Singles play saw Mang give Duke a 2-0 advantage, as the New Orleans, La., native defeated Yanoff, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4.

Granson, ranked 99th in the nation, then recorded a 6-2, 6-3 win over Reid at No. 5 before 57th-ranked Plotkin clinched the win for the Blue Devils with a 6-0, 6-2 triumph over Francis at the No. 3 position. The match-clinching victory was the second consecutive for Plotkin, as she also clinched Duke’s 4-3 victory over sixth-ranked Florida on Friday evening.

Junior Jessi Robinson also picked up a win on the day, as she defeated Briceno in straight sets (6-4, 6-2) at the No. 6 slot.

At No. 2, fifth-ranked Nze defeated Tokarieva, 7-5, 6-4, while Iyer got past Bubien, 6-1, 1-6, 6-2, at the top position to account for the final score.

Duke will return to action on Feb. 21 as the Blue Devils take on Notre Dame. First serve is set for 5 p.m. at Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.



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