DURHAM, N.C. – The ninth-ranked Duke women’s tennis team picked up its fifth straight victory on Wednesday evening, as the Blue Devils defeated 45th-ranked N.C. State, 7-0, at Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center in Durham, N.C.
Duke won the doubles point for the fifth consecutive match on the strength of victories at flights one and three. The third-ranked Blue Devil tandem of sophomore Amanda Granson and junior Melissa Mang defeated Daria Petrovic and Berkeley Brock, 8-4, at No. 1, while the freshman duo of Ellah Nze and Reka Zsilinszka posted an 8-6 win over Catherine Grotz and Kristen Bleakley at No. 3.
The Blue Devils were also victorious at the middle slot, marking the fourth time in five matches that Duke has swept the doubles point, as junior Jessi Robinson and senior Tory Zawacki defeated Julia Roach and Lenka Hojckova, 8-5.
Duke then took all six singles matches for its fourth 7-0 shutout win in five contests.
Granson was the first Blue Devil to notch a win, rolling past Neils Barringer at the No. 5 spot, 6-0, 6-0. Zawacki then picked up a straight-set triumph of her own, defeating Bleakley, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 6 before 14th-ranked Nze got past Petrovic, 6-1, 6-4, at the top position to clinch the win for Duke.
Zsilinszka, ranked 17th in the nation, went on to make the score 5-0 with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Hojckova at No. 3.
Mang secured a 6-3, 6-2 win over Roach at the No. 4 spot to make it 6-0, before sophomore Tara Iyer picked up a 7-5, 7-6 (7-1) victory over Brock at No. 2 to account of the final score.
With the win, Duke improves to 10-1 on the season and 3-0 in ACC play, while N.C. State falls to 8-5 overall and 1-2 in conference competition.
The Blue Devils remain at home this weekend as they host second-ranked Georgia Tech on Saturday at 12 p.m. before going up against 34th-ranked Clemson on Sunday at 3 p.m.
No. 9 Duke 7, No. 45 N.C. State 0
March 19, 2008
Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center – Durham, N.C.
1. #14 Ellah Nze (D) def. Daria Petrovic (N) 6-4, 6-0
2. Tara Iyer (D) def. Berkeley Brock (N) 7-5, 7-6 (7-1)
3. #17 Reka Zsilinszka (D) def. Lenka Hojckova (N) 6-1, 6-2
4. Melissa Mang (D) def. Julia Roach (N) 6-3, 6-2
5. Amanda Granson (D) def. Neils Barringer (N) 6-0, 6-0
6. Tory Zawacki (D) def. Kristen Bleakley (N) 6-2, 6-1
Order of finish: 5,6,1*,3,4,1
1. #3 Mang/Granson (D) def. Petrovic/Brock (N) 8-4
2. Jessi Robinson/Zawacki (D) def. Roach/Hojckova (N) 8-5
3. Zsilinszka/Nze (D) def. Catherine Grotz/Bleakley (N) 8-6
Order of finish: 1,3*,2
Team Records: Duke (9-1, 3-0 ACC), N.C. State (8-5, 1-2 ACC)