NCAA Team Championship Round of 16
No. 5 Duke (26-4, 11-3 ACC) vs. No. 14 Clemson (22-6, 12-2 ACC)
Thursday, May 15 | 7:00 p.m.
Athens, Ga. | Dan Magill Tennis Complex
DURHAM, N.C. – The fifth-ranked Duke women’s tennis team is set to face No. 14 Clemson in the NCAA Team Championship round of 16 in Athens, Ga., Thursday, May 15, at 7 p.m. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The Blue Devils reached the round of 16 after defeating East Tennessee State, 4-0, in the first round and No. 30 South Carolina, 4-0, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Both matches were held in Durham, N.C.
Tickets for Thursday’s competition are available for purchase here. Single session tickets for adults are on sale for $10, while youth and senior citizen tickets are on sale for $6. Tickets for all sessions are also available for purchase at $100 for adults and $60 for youth or senior citizens.
The winner of Thursday’s contest between Duke and Clemson will face either fifth-seeded UCLA or 12th-seeded Miami Saturday, May 17, at 4 p.m.
Clemson Series History
The Blue Devils lead the series against the Tigers, 27-21. In the last meeting between the two teams, Duke defeated Clemson, 4-0, Apr. 25 in the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament. At one point, the Blue Devils held a 21-match win streak over the Tigers that ran from March 19, 1988 to Apr. 12, 2003. Since the win streak ended, Duke owns a 5-9 record, dating back to Apr. 11, 2004.
Duke met Clemson in the NCAA Tournament once previously in school history, routing the Tigers, 5-0, May 14, 1993 in the second round. Duke advanced to the quarterfinal round of the tournament that year before falling to Texas, 5-3.
The two teams last met in the ACC quarterfinal round, with the Blue Devils opening the competition against the Tigers by clinching the doubles point. The fifth-ranked duo of Beatrice Capra and Hanna Mar defeated the 17th-ranked tandem of Yana Koroleva and Romy Köelzer, 8-4, en route to securing the doubles point for the Blue Devils.
Singles play saw Ester Goldfeld, Hanna Mar and Chalena Scholl dispense of their opponents to give the Blue Devils a 4-0 advantage and secure the victory. Goldfeld, ranked 26th at the time, upended Clemson’s 33rd-ranked Romy Köelzer, 7-6, 6-1, Mar defeated Beatrice Gumulya, 6-1, 6-1, and Scholl upset No. 100 Tristen Dewar, 6-3, 6-2.
Prior to meeting in the ACC quarterfinal round, the Blue Devils fell to Clemson, 4-3, in the penultimate match of the regular season for Duke on April 17 in Clemson, S.C.
Scouting the Tigers
Clemson reached the round of 16 after a 4-0 first round victory over North Carolina-Wilmington and a 5-0 second round defeat of No. 29 Auburn. The Tigers reached the round of 16 for the seventh time in eight years. Clemson compiled a 22-6 ledger this season and enter Thursday’s contest with a 1-1 record against Duke in 2014.
Three Clemson team members rank among the nation’s top-125 singles players this season, headlined by 33rd-ranked Romy Köelzer. Both of Köelzer’s matches in the NCAA Team Championship this season were unfinished, as the Tigers clinched before the conclusion of her match. Joining Köelzer among the nationally ranked singles players is No. 34 Yana Koroleva and No. 100 Tristen Dewar. With a 6-1, 6-3 victory at the No. 4 position against North Carolina-Wilmington, Dewar clinched the first round victory for the Tigers.
In addition to three singles players, three doubles teams also appear on the ITA list. The 17th-ranked duo of Beatrice Gumulya and Yana Koroleva lead the Tigers in the doubles rankings while the No. 32 team of Gumulya and Jessy Rompies and the No. 59 pair of Koroleva and Dewar round out the Clemson doubles teams among the nation’s top 90.
Duke in ITA Polls
The Duke women’s tennis team moved up one spot to No. 5 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings, released May 1. The Blue Devils are also heavily represented in the rankings by four singles players and five doubles pairs.
Beatrice Capra held steady at No. 7 in the latest rankings, continuing to headline the Blue Devil contingent this season. Ester Goldfeld, also appearing on the ITA’s list throughout the season, remained ranked among the nation’s top-30 singles players, appearing at No. 27. Hanna Mar, currently ranked 36th by the ITA, has not appeared outside of the top 40 since Feb. 25, while freshman Chalena Scholl currently ranks 116th.
In doubles, Duke’s tandem of Capra and Mar remained in the top-five, appearing at No. 5. Two additional Duke doubles teams, including the duo of Goldfeld and Alyssa Smith and the tandem of Annie Mulholland and Goldfeld ranked among the nation’s top 50, appearing at No. 36 and No. 45, respectively. The team of Goldfeld and Marianne Jodoin and the pairing of Mulholland and Scholl rounded out Duke’s nationally-ranked doubles teams, appearing at No. 60 and No. 69, respectively.
Ashworth & Mar Garner ITA Regional Honors
Senior Hanna Mar and head coach Jamie Ashworth were both recognized by the ITA as Mar was named the Carolina Region Senior Player of the Year and Ashworth was honored as the Carolina Region Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year.
Mar has established herself as a fierce competitor in Duke’s lineup, amassing a 28-10 singles record this season. Owning a near-perfect ACC mark of 12-2, the Burr Ridge, Ill., native leads Duke in conference wins. Mar played a pivotal role in Duke’s ITA National Team Indoor title earlier in the season, not dropping a match during the tournament. Mar also clinched the singles point in the hotly-contested final against UCLA, which garnered her Most Outstanding Player honors at the conclusion of the event. With a singles win against No. 30 South Carolina over the weekend, Mar moved within three matches of the 100-win barrier in singles play. A three-time All-ACC honoree, Mar also contributed in doubles throughout the season, accumulating 22 wins and teaming with sophomore Beatrice Capra to rank fifth in the ITA doubles national poll.
Duke continues to thrive under the guidance of Ashworth, reaching its 11th conference final this season with Ashworth at the helm. The Blue Devils sat atop the ITA team rankings throughout the season, holding the No. 1 ranking for five consecutive weeks and remaining among the top 10 since the month of January. Ashworth saw three student-athletes, including Mar, Capra and junior Ester Goldfeld named to the All-ACC first team this season.
Three Named to All-ACC First Team
Beatrice Capra, Ester Goldfeld and Hanna Mar were each named to the All-ACC first team this season. Goldfeld and Mar received the honor for the third time in their respective careers while Capra received the recognition for the second time in her career.
Duke led the conference with three members named to the all-conference first team.
Duke in the NCAA Tournament
Duke is appearing in its 25th consecutive NCAA Team Championship. The Blue Devils have competed admirably in tournament play, compiling an all-time record of 59-24 (.710), which ranks the Blue Devils fifth in the NCAA in winning percentage.
With Jamie Ashworth at the helm, the Blue Devils have reached the NCAA Tournament in each of his 18 years as head coach, dating back to his first year holding the position in 1997. Duke won an NCAA Championship with Ashworth as head coach in 2009. Duke owns a 46-16 record in the NCAA Team Championship under the direction of Ashworth.
Kahan Strong in Return to Lineup
After surgery forced redshirt junior Rachel Kahan to miss all of last season, the Unionville, Conn., native has returned to Duke’s lineup in impressive fashion, compiling an 18-6 singles record this season and a 9-3 mark against conference opponents. Kahan is currently tied third on Duke’s all-time career ACC singles wins list with 28.
Kahan has been instrumental in the Blue Devils’ success in NCAA play in recent years, owning a perfect 9-0 record in singles in the NCAA Tournament. Most recently, Kahan helped guide Duke through the first two rounds of this year’s tournament, defeating East Tennessee State’s Sofia Espana, 6-0, 6-0, and No. 30 South Carolina’s Caroline Dailey, 6-1, 6-0. In both matches, Kahan led the Blue Devils off the courts in singles play.
Duke in the Round of 16
With the 4-0 second round victory over No. 30 South Carolina on Saturday, the Blue Devils advanced to the round of 16 for the seventh time in as many years and the 23rd time in school history. Duke has advanced beyond the round of 16 17 times, most recently in 2012 when Duke reached the semifinal round. The Blue Devils own a 17-6 mark in round of 16 play.
Duke in the Quarterfinals
Should the Blue Devils defeat Clemson Thursday evening, Duke would reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the 17th time in school history. Duke has advanced beyond the quarterfinal round eight times, each time under the guidance of Ashworth. Duke last reached the quarterfinal round in 2012, when the Blue Devils upended Georgia, 4-2. Duke would eventually fall to Florida, 4-3, in the semifinal round of the tournament.
The fifth-ranked doubles team of Beatrice Capra and Hanna Mar enter Thursday’s contest on an 11-match win streak, dating back to March 26. The tandem clinched the doubles point in both the first and second round of this season’s NCAA Team Championship, with victories over No. 30 South Carolina’s 26th-ranked pair of Elixane Lechemia and Dominika Kanakova, 8-2, and East Tennessee State’s Lyn Yee Choo and Ana Gervasi, 8-4.
In singles, both Rachel Kahan and Chalena Scholl own four-match win streaks heading into Thursday. Since moving to the No. 4 position, Scholl is a perfect 4-0, improving her overall record to 10-6 this season. Two of Kahan’s four most recent victories came in the first and second round of the NCAA Tournament. Kahan defeated her two opponents by a combined score of 24-1, dropping just one game over the first two rounds.
Goldfeld Reaches 30 Wins in Season
With a 6-2, 6-2 victory over No. 107 Katerina Popova Saturday, Ester Goldfeld became the 56th player in Duke history to win 30 or more singles matches in a season. Goldfeld joined teammates Beatrice Capra (32), Rachel Kahan (31), Hanna Mar (30) and Marianne Jodoin (30) in reaching the wins milestone. In her win over Popova, Goldfeld clinched the victory for the Blue Devils against No. 30 South Carolina, advancing the team to the round of 16.
Jodoin Joins the 100-Win Club
Marianne Jodoin eclipsed the 100-win mark on Feb. 23, defeating Syracuse’s Komal Safdar, 6-1, 6-4, at the No. 6 position. Since surpassing 100 wins, Jodoin has won 10 matches, bringing her career record to 110-40. Jodoin is near-perfect 17-3 in dual matches this season and owns a perfect 6-0 ledger at the No. 5 position. Jodoin has also proven herself a tough conference matchup, defeating 27 of her 29 conference opponents during her time at Duke. Jodoin currently ranks tied fourth on Duke’s all-time career ACC singles wins list, with 27.