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Women's Tennis Travels to Wake Forest on Wednesday
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/13/2010
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Junior Reka Zsilinszka is ranked No. 36 by the ITA.
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DURHAM, N.C. - Following three tough losses in ACC play, the Duke women's tennis team will look to get back on track Wednesday when it travels to Winston-Salem, N.C., to face No. 50 Wake Forest at 4 p.m. The sixth-ranked Blue Devils are now 5-3 in conference action, and own a mark of 4-3 in road contests this season.

Duke will face the Demon Deacons for the 56th time on Wednesday, with the Blue Devils holding a commanding 51-4 advantage in that span. In last year's meeting, Duke rolled to a 7-0 sweep in Durham to extend its win streak to seven straight matches.

Entering Wednesday's contest, the Blue Devils will look to come out strong after dropping each of their last three contests. The squad lost a close 4-3 decision last Wednesday to then-No. 2 North Carolina for the second time this season. Duke also fell in two ACC road matchups over the weekend, losing by scores of 4-3 to then No. 20 Georgia Tech and No. 9 Clemson. The team won the doubles point in each of the three losses, but went on to drop four singles matches.

The doubles pair of senior Elizabeth Plotkin and junior Reka Zsilinszka has won three straight matches from the No. 3 position entering Wednesday's contest. Plotkin and Zsilinszka are ranked 61st-nationally, and own a ledger of 16-6 on the season. At No. 2 doubles, the 66th-ranked duo of sophomore Monica Gorny and freshman Mary Clayton also own a three-match win streak. That streak includes a 9-7 defeat of 40th-ranked Katrina Tsang and Shinann Featherston from North Carolina last week.

In singles play, Zsilinszka leads the squad with a nine-match win streak from the No. 2 and 3 spots. Ranked 36th-nationally, she is a perfect 7-0 in ACC competition, and has posted a record of 26-11 on the season. In the team's last outing, Zsilinszka cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Clemson's Ina Hadziselimovic at No. 3 singles. Clayton also registered a point for Duke against Clemson with her 7-6, 6-0 win on court six. Clayton now owns a mark of 6-2 in ACC play.

Junior Ellah Nze is listed at No. 50 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's most recent rankings. Nze has compiled a ledger of 21-11 this season, including a mark of 6-6 at No. 1 singles. Plotkin, who owns a record of 24-7, rounds out the Blue Devils' ranked players at No. 77.

Wake Forest brings a record of 8-12 into Wednesday's matchup after going 1-1 in conference play last weekend. The Demon Deacons edged Virginia Tech, 4-3, on Saturday and fell to Virginia on Sunday, 5-2, to move to 2-6 in the ACC. The team is led by Sasha Kulikova, who is 10-3 at No. 1 singles this season. Kulikova owns a four-match win streak entering Wednesday's match. In doubles play, the 36th-ranked tandem of Kulikova and Kathryn Talbert has posted a record of 9-6 from the No. 1 position.

Following Wednesday's match, the Blue Devils will close out their regular season at home, where they will face Florida State on Saturday and Miami on Sunday. Both matches will begin at 1 p.m.

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