CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The third-ranked Duke women's tennis team defeated 10th-ranked Michigan, 4-0, Saturday in the quarterfinals of the 2012 ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championships. With the win head coach Jamie Ashworth picked up his 345th career victory, placing him just six victories behind former North Carolina coach, Kitty Harrison, as the Atlantic Coast Conference's all-time wins leader.
"We knew we had a second life after yesterday's match, and we had to take advantage of that," said Ashworth. "We came out with better energy and intensity today."
The Blue Devils dropped the No. 1 doubles match, as junior Mary Clayton and freshman Ester Goldfeld fell 8-3 to the Wolverines' 24th-ranked tandem of Emina Bektas and Brooke Bolender. Fortunately for Duke, the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams had a firm grasp on their matchups to clinch the doubles point.
Freshman Beatrice Capra and sophomore Rachel Kahan improved their record to 7-0 in 2012, defeating Mimi Nguyen and Sarah Lee, 8-3, in the No. 2 spot, while sophomore Hanna Mar and freshman Annie Mulholland picked up an 8-2 win in the No. 3 spot over Michelle Sulahian and Sam Crister. With the victory, Mar and Mulholland improved to 7-2 as a doubles unit, and 2-0 in dual match play.
Duke (7-0) did not take its foot off the gas heading into singles play, winning the first set on all six courts. Ranked 66th, Clayton gave Duke a 2-0 lead, defeating Michelle Sulahian, 6-0, 6-2, in the No. 5 spot. Goldfeld followed up with a 6-3, 6-3 victory in the No. 3 spot over Mimi Nguyen, before freshman and 35th-ranked Monica Turewicz clinched the Duke win, outlasting Kristen Dodge, 6-2, 6-1, from the No. 6 spot.
Goldfeld improved her overall record to 14-5 and 6-0 in dual match play, as Turewicz remained undefeated for her freshman campaign, running her record to 12-0.
"Michigan is a good team with some good wins, so I was really happy we came out and jumped on them early," Ashworth stated. "We were very nervous yesterday, which is no excuse, but we told all of them that they would come out today and play better, which they did. We came out more relaxed today, especially in singles, where we played a lot better."
Duke will face seventh-ranked and fifth-seeded California in Sunday's semifinals.