DURHAM, N.C. - The 22nd-ranked Duke women’s tennis team will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., on Saturday to face 36th-ranked Louisiana State in an NCAA Tournament first round matchup.
Duke (11-10) and LSU (16-9) will square off at 1 p.m. at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, preceded by a first round match between 11th-ranked North Carolina (21-8) and Marist (12-1) at 10 a.m. The winner of those matches will meet on Sunday at 1 p.m., with the winner of that match advancing to the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga.
The Blue Devils are coming off a 4-0 loss to fifth-ranked Georgia Tech in an ACC Championship quarterfinal matchup on April 20. In first round action, Duke defeated Virginia Tech, 4-0, before falling to the eventual ACC Champion Yellow Jackets.
Duke and LSU have met twice in dual match action, with each team coming away with one win. The last time the two teams met was in 1986, as the Tigers came away with a 7-2 victory. The Blue Devils also squared off against the Tigers at the Michigan Invitational to begin their spring season in 2007 in a hidden dual style tournament.
Duke has compiled a 34-18 overall record in NCAA Championship play and is appearing in its 18th consecutive and 19th overall NCAA Tournament. In 2006, the Blue Devils advanced to the Round of 16 in Palo Alto, Calif., after defeating Winthrop (5-0) and Virginia (4-0) in regional action. Duke went on to defeat North Carolina (4-1) to advance to the quarterfinals where the Blue Devils fell to eventual national champion Stanford (4-0).
This weekend’s trip to the University of North Carolina marks the second in the last three years for the Blue Devils in NCAA opening round action, as Duke hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament for five straight years from 2000-04, before heading to Chapel Hill to compete in the regional hosted by North Carolina in 2005. The Tar Heels eventually defeated the Blue Devils in the second round.
Gates will open at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.
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