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Top-Ranked Blue Devils Rout Wake Forest, 6-1
Tuesday 03/09/2014  -  Duke Sports Information
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The No. 1 Duke women’s tennis team closed out a weekend of competition with a 6-1 victory over No. 46 Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C., Sunday.

The Blue Devils (13-1, 5-1 ACC) took an early 1-0 lead over the Demon Deacons (8-5, 1-5 ACC) after securing the doubles point with victories on courts two and three.

Freshman Alyssa Smith and senior Marianne Jodoin led Duke off the courts after defeating Wake Forest’s Andrea Retolaza and Kimmy Guerin, 8-4, on court three. The Duke pair fell behind early in the set, 1-2, however won three straight games to take a 4-2 lead. Smith and Jodoin never relinquished the lead, improving to 11-1 on the season and extending their win streak to six matches as a doubles pair.

For the second consecutive match, the 27th-ranked pair of juniors Ester Goldfeld and Annie Mulholland clinched the doubles point for Duke, defeating Luisa Fernandez and Samantha Asch of Wake Forest, 8-5, on court two. Goldfeld and Mulholland found themselves down 1-4 at the outset of the contest before bringing the match to within one game at 4-5. The Duke tandem remained composed, winning four games in a row to secure the doubles point.

The No. 4 doubles team of senior Hanna Mar and sophomore Beatrice Capra led on court one, 6-5, over Xue Zhang and Kasey Gardiner, before the match was abandoned. The match was evenly contested between the two doubles pairs, with three ties over the course of the unfinished contest.

In singles play, the Blue Devils took the first set on four of the six courts, while winning five of the six singles matches against Wake Forest.

Senior Rachel Kahan showcased impressive play on court three, downing Wake Forest’s Samantha Asch, 6-1, 6-1. Kahan led, 5-0, before Asch brought the set to 5-1, the lone game Kahan would drop in the first set. In the second set, the Unionville, Conn., native saw similar success, taking a 3-0 lead. Asch won her second game of the match, bringing the second set to 3-1 before Kahan closed out the contest by winning three straight games. Kahan improved to 8-3 this season.

The 44th-ranked Mar defeated Wake Forest’s Kimmy Geurin, 6-0, 6-2, while playing at the No. 2 position. Mar remained in control throughout the contest, surrendering only two games in the final set after leading 5-0. Mar extended her singles win streak to five matches with the victory and now owns a 17-8 overall ledger.

Jodoin remained undefeated over the weekend after upending Xue Zhang of Wake Forest, 6-1, 6-2, on court five. With the first set sitting at 3-1, Jodoin displayed solid play, winning seven consecutive games over two sets to take the first set 6-1 and open the second set with a 4-0 lead. With the match at 5-2, Jodoin closed out to earn her 18th win of the season.

Playing at the No. 1 position for the second time this season, 18th-ranked Goldfeld pulled away from Wake Forest’s Andrea Retolaza, 6-3, 4-3, before Retolaza was forced to retire. Goldfeld trailed 1-2 in the first set before taking a 3-2 advantage. Goldfeld closed out the first set, 6-3. The two-time performer of the week opened the second set down 0-2 before tying the set at 2-2. After Goldfeld and Retolaza traded games to sit tied at 3-3, Goldfeld won what proved to be the final game of the match before Retolaza retired, moving Goldfeld to 19-7 on the season.

Mulholland fought back from a 4-6 first set deficit to win her ninth match of the season, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0  (13-11), over Wake Forest’s Kasey Gardiner on court six. Mulholland twice tied the first set after trailing 0-1 and 2-3, however the Portland, Ore., native was unable to take the first set, falling, 4-6. With the second set tied at 3-3, Mulholland strung together three consecutive games to force a tiebreak. In a lengthy tiebreak, Mulholland took a 13-11 advantage to clinch the match.

On court four, No. 92 Smith fell to 17-7 on the season after suffering a defeat against Wake Forest’s Luisa Fernandez, 4-6, 7-5, 0-1 (10-7). The first set saw three lead changes. In the second set, Smith overcame a 1-2 deficit before taking a 5-4 lead and winning the set, 7-5. In the tiebreak, Smith was unable to hold off Fernandez, dropping the tiebreak, 10-7.

The Blue Devils remain on the road, traveling to Bradenton, Fla., Wednesday, March 12, to face No. 67 Old Dominion.

#GoDuke

Singles
1. #18 Ester Goldfeld (DU) def. Andrea Retolaza (WF) 6-3, 4-3, retired

2. #44 Hanna Mar (DU) def. Kimmy Guerin (WF) 6-0, 6-2

3. Rachel Kahan (DU) def. Samantha Asch (WF) 6-1, 6-1

4. Luisa Fernandez (WF) def. #92 Alyssa Smith (DU) 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-7)

5. Marianne Jodoin (DU) def. Xue Zhang (WF) 6-1, 6-2

6. Annie Mulholland (DU) def. Kasey Gardiner (WF) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (13-11)


Doubles
1. Xue Zhang/Kasey Gardiner (WF) vs. #4 Hanna Mar/Beatrice Capra (DU) 5-6, unfinished
2. #27 Ester Goldfeld/Annie Mulholland (DU) def. Luisa Fernandez/Samantha Asch (WF) 8-5
3. Alyssa Smith/Marianne Jodoin (DU) def. Andrea Retolaza/Kimmy Geurin (WF) 8-4


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