No. 3 Duke vs. No. 23 Virginia/No. 46 Notre Dame
Friday, April 19 | 6 p.m.
Cary, N.C. | Cary Tennis Park
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DURHAM, N.C. – The third-ranked Duke women’s tennis team turns its attention to the postseason with the start of the 2019 ACC Women’s Tennis Championship at the Cary Tennis Center in Cary, N.C. As the No. 2 seed, the Blue Devils will play the winner of No. 7 Virginia and No. 10 Notre Dame Friday at 6 p.m.
Single-day passes for the event are $9 for adults and $7 for children nine and over and seniors 55 and over. Children eight and under and college students of ACC schools with a valid ID get in free. Championship passes can also be purchased by adults for $17 and children nine and over and seniors 55 and over for $13.
Should the Blue Devils reach Saturday’s match, ACC Network Extra will have a live broadcast with Shawn Kenney handling play-by-play. Former Blue Devil standout and ESPN anchor Prim Siripipat will also be on hand at Cary Tennis Park to work as an analyst for the tournament while Melanie Newman will work a sideline reporter.
“It has been a great regular season and one of the most successful in terms of wins and losses in my time here,” head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “We still have a lot to prove and our team realizes that and is hungry to show that. Our best tennis is ahead of us and the girls firmly believe that. Their goals are still ahead of them. There’s nothing to be satisfied about. We have a great opportunity this weekend and again in a couple weeks to show we really are one of the best teams in the country.”
DUKE IN THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
The Blue Devils own a league-best 17 total ACC Championships, most recently winning the event in 2012. Ashworth owns the most ACC title crowns of any league coach in history with eight. Duke will look to return to the championship match after falling last year to second-seeded North Carolina, 4-2. The Tar Heels own the last three ACC Championship titles. Duke’s all-time record in the ACC Championship is 71-16 (.816) and are 27-5 (.844) in quarterfinal action.
BLUE DEVILS IN THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
The Blue Devils feature five who have competed in an ACC Championship match prior to this weekend. Senior Kaitlyn McCarthy owns a 3-2 singles ledger and a 5-1 doubles record while fellow classmate Ellyse Hamlin is 5-1 in singles and 5-2 in doubles. Junior Meible Chi is 2-2 in singles and 1-2 in doubles play. Rounding out Duke’s ACC squad are sophomores Kelly Chen and Hannah Zhao. Chen is 1-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles as Zhao is 1-1 in both singles and doubles.
BLUE DEVILS AMONG THE NATION’S TOP TEAMS
The Blue Devils have seen a highly successful spring so far as they own a 21-2 overall ledger and are 13-1 in conference play. The 2019 season marks the third-consecutive year Duke remains undefeated at home with an 11-0 record.
Duke owns an 11-match win streak since suffering its first ACC loss on March 6 to top-ranked North Carolina and jumped one spot on the ITA team rankings to No. 3.
Duke features several players on the singles and doubles list. Freshman Maria Mateas garnered the highest Blue Devil ranking at No. 12, followed by Chi (No. 25) and Chen (No. 27).
Mateas is 11-7 this season, followed by Chi (12-2) and Chen (16-4). The Blue Devils are led by Hamlin with a 19-2 overall record.
“We’ve talked a lot the last couple weeks about not playing to our opponents but playing to a standard and what is that standard going to be,” Ashworth said. “I really believe we’re playing at that standard right now. Throughout our lineup, we’re getting really good play. We’re excited to play and see where this weekend and beyond takes us.”
VIRGINIA SERIES HISTORY
Duke has dominated the all-time series with Virginia, 61-7, and most recently defeated the No. 22 Cavaliers in Durham, 6-1. In the ACC Championships, the Blue Devils are 9-2 overall and last met in 2016 as the Cavaliers won 4-2.
SCOUTING THE CAVALIERS
The Cavaliers checked in at No. 23 in the latest ITA team standings and are 16-7 overall. Virginia earned the first-round bye into Thursday’s second-round action by finishing seventh in the league standings with an 8-6 mark against ACC competition.
Virginia enters the ACC Tournament with two players ranked in the latest Oracle/ITA Women's Rankings. Senior Meghan Kelley is ranked a career-high No. 20 in singles, while freshman Amber O'Dell is ranked No. 106. In doubles action, the Cavaliers have a pair of teams in the rankings. The pairing of Kelley and freshman Sofia Munera is ranked No. 18, while the duo of O'Dell and junior Chloe Gullickson is ranked No. 52.
NOTRE DAME SERIES HISTORY
Duke is 23-3 overall against Notre Dame and in their most recent meeting, the Blue Devils secured a 4-3 victory on the road in South Bend. Friday’s potential matchup will be the first in championship history for the two programs.
SCOUTING THE IRISH
The Irish enter the weekend tabbed No. 46 in the latest ITA rankings with a 13-11 overall record. In singles, Zoe Spence is the lone Irish ranked at No. 66. In doubles action, Spence and Cameron Corse are No. 50 and Corse joins Bess Waldram at No. 85.
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