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DURHAM, N.C. – The Blue Devils women’s tennis team will keep a weekly blog for 2012-13, giving Blue Devil fans an inside look at life on the team. Sophomore Annie Mulholland kicks off the season with the first blog of the season.

Annie Mulholland (January 23, 2013)

Dear Duke Fans,

I’m proud to say that our first home dual match of 2013 was a splendid success and a large part of that is credited to you guys! We truly have the best fans in the world and we couldn’t have done it without you. Coming off a long week marked by classes, jetlag and sicknesses, last night’s performance was a good baseline that we strive to build upon. We started the day with a quick warm-up at 9:45 to get the blood flowing followed by a quick nap and study session. At about 1:30 we returned to the courts to cheer on the men’s team in their match against Elon. After that match finished we had a couple hours to relax during which time we blasted the songs that failed to make it onto our official warm-up CD—there’s nothing like a little Eminem and Macklemore to get us pumped up.

Every match Jamie comes up with a little saying or quote to inspire us, and last night’s word was P.E.P, which stood for “purpose”, “energy”, and “passion”. He challenged us to have a purpose with every shot we hit, to play with a superior level of energy, and unbridled passion. Having played William & Mary during our season opener last year and several of their players during the fall tournaments, we knew that they would put up a fight and could give us a run for our money unless we played with discipline and P.E.P. Coming off a great week of team bonding in Hawaii the team unity out on the court was very evident and played a vital role in our success.

Next weekend we host our first two rounds of qualifying for National Indoors during which time we hope to build upon this weekend’s success. We play our first round against Wisconsin on Saturday at 10am. Please come out to show your support for DWT and LET’S GET LOUD!!!!!!!

Yours truly,

Annie Mulholland & the rest of DWT

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