DURHAM, N.C. – Coming off a 6-1 victory Wednesday at Florida Gulf Coast, the Duke women’s tennis team completes its Florida road swing this weekend, traveling to Florida State and Miami. The Blue Devils head to Tallahassee for a 5:30 p.m. first serve Friday and end the trip in Coral Gables on Sunday with a 12 noon contest. Sunday’s match at Miami will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra.
The two weekend contests will be Duke’s first ACC matches since defeating N.C. State 5-2 in Raleigh on February 22.
Florida State Series History
Duke and Florida State are scheduled to meet for the 38th time in program history, with the Blue Devils owning a 32-5 advantage over the Seminoles … Duke’s advantage in the series is aided by a 21-match win streak, which ran from March 16, 1985 - April 14, 2006 … Following a three-match skid to the Seminoles from April 23, 2010 – April 23, 2011, Duke has rebounded with five consecutive victories … A year ago, the Blue Devils opened ACC play with a 6-1 win in Durham against the Seminoles … Among Blue Devils on the current roster, Samantha Harris is 2-0 versus the Seminoles during her dual match career while Chalena Scholl and Alyssa Smith are each 1-0.
Scouting the Seminoles
Florida State, which is playing its fifth home match in its last six contests, has been led by Gabriella Castaneda, who is 3-6 on court one and 3-9 overall … Nandini Das (2-3) and Julia Mikulski (3-1) have split time on court two, while three Seminoles have spent time on court three this spring … Das has the best overall record on the team at 14-6 while Castaneda has played five of her 12 matches versus ranked opponents … In doubles, Andrea Garcia and Mikulski have been the primary pair on court one, going 3-4 there … Das and Ariana Rahmanparast, ranked No. 56, have been strong on court two with a 7-1 record and 12-4 overall ledger … Castaneda and Daniela Schippers are 7-0 overall, all on court three.
Miami Series History
The Hurricanes and Blue Devils will meet for the 27th time in program history Sunday, with Duke holding a 14-12 advantage in the all-time series … During ACC matches, Miami is the only program to have a winning record against Duke head coach Jamie Ashworth at 7-5 … The series has been largely defined by streaks with Miami winning the first three matches, Duke the next seven, Miami six of the following seven and then Duke four of the next five … The teams have split the last four matches … Duke has not won in Coral Gables since a 5-2 triumph on April 15, 2011 … A year ago in Durham, the Blue Devils held on for a 4-3 victory as Christina Makarova downed Clara Tanielian 6-4, 6-4 on court six to snap the 3-3 tie … Among Blue Devils on the current roster, Harris and Scholl are 2-0 versus the Hurricanes during their dual match careers with Smith 1-0.
Scouting the Hurricanes
Sinead Lohan, ranked No. 7, has led the way for the Hurricanes this year, checking in with a 6-6 overall record and 5-4 mark on court one … Of her 12 spring matches, 10 (4-6 record) have been against ranked opponents … Maci Epstein and No. 66 Estela Perez-Somarriba have shared duties on courts two and three with Epstein 1-4 at No. 2 and 2-0 at No. 3 and Perez-Somarriba 2-0 in the second position and 3-2 in the third … The Hurricanes are still searching for the right combination in doubles, going 1-7 on court one, 2-5 on court two and 3-2 on court three … Silvia Fuentes and Perez-Somarriba have been the team’s most effective pairing with a 2-0 mark on court three.
Unbeaten at No. 3
Duke freshman Meible Chi and Scholl have combined to post a 7-0 mark on court three this season … Chi is 2-0 there while Scholl is 5-0 … During the 2016 campaign, the Blue Devils combined for a 15-6 record (.714 winning percentage) at No. 3 … The winning percentage was Duke’s second best on any court last season, trailing only a .737 mark on court six.
Chi Approaches Duke Freshman Singles Wins Chart
With a 6-2, 6-1 win versus Breana Stampfli of Florida Gulf Coast in her last match, Chi recorded her 23rd singles triumph of the year, seven shy of a spot on the Duke freshman singles wins chart … Vanessa Webb owns the record with 51 wins in 1996 … The last Blue Devils to crack the list were Beatrice Capra and Monica Turewicz with 32 victories in 2012.
Harris Rebounding on Court One
Harris pushed her winning streak to three matches Wednesday at Florida Gulf Coast with a 6-0, 6-1 cruise past Maja Ornberg on court one … Harris had suffered five consecutive losses before snapping the skid with a 6-4, 7-6 (2) win over No. 30 Martina Frantova of N.C. State on February 22 ... Harris’ bounce back has evened her mark on court one at 5-5 and she is 7-6 overall … Harris had never played a match on court one before this season.
McCarthy Rolling Along
Sophomore Kaitlyn McCarthy owns the longest current winning streak of all Blue Devils at four matches … She is 7-1 in dual action, all on court four … McCarthy is just four victories behind the total from her freshman year, when she went 11-10 versus dual competition … McCarthy was forced to play most of last year’s dual matches on court two, where she went 8-8 … McCarthy’s lone loss in dual match play this spring is against No. 34 Caroline Brinson of Georgia, falling 5-7, 4-6.
Among the ITA Rankings
The Blue Devils check in at No. 18 in this week’s Oracle/ITA ledger … The singles and doubles rankings did not update, so Duke keeps four ranked singles players, led by Chi at No. 23 ... Scholl checks in as No. 42 while McCarthy is No. 79 and Harris at No. 90 … The Blue Devils also have two doubles teams with Chi and McCarthy at No. 34 and Scholl and McCarthy at No. 62.
Duke returns home next weekend to host a pair of Commonwealth State foes … The Blue Devils host Virginia at 3:30 p.m. Friday and Virginia Tech at 12 noon Sunday.