DURHAM, N.C. – Just
a week after sweeping No. 2 Florida, the third-ranked Duke women’s tennis team
is set to play host to No. 70 Princeton Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Sheffield
Indoor Tennis Center. The Blue Devils will seek to start their 11th
season under head coach Jamie Ashworth with an 8-1 or better record, as well as
the fifth consecutive season with at least eight wins in the first nine
“We are worried more about ourselves than them,” Ashworth
said. “We want to get better, we want to keep working on things, we want to
develop our doubles, so we are more concerned with what we are doing on the
court. It is a team we don’t see a lot of their players at tournaments, I am not
familiar with their players, so really we just need to worry about ourselves
and keep improving.”
Blue Devils enter Saturday’s match coming off an impressive 4-0 sweep against
second-ranked Florida Feb. 17 in Durham, N.C. The win was Duke’s fifth win
against the Gators in program history, and was the first time the Blue Devils
swept Florida. Junior Marianne Jodoin clinched the match for the team after
downing Olivia Janowicz, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, in the sixth position.
Ester Goldfeld garnered ACC Player of the Week honors after topping Florida’s
ninth-ranked Sofie Oyen, 6-4, 7-5, in the second position for Duke. Goldfeld, a
native of Brooklyn, N.Y., has tallied a 6-1 record in singles matches this
season, including a 2-1 mark over nationally-ranked opponents.
Blue Devils success this season has in part been due to the ability of the
squad to claim the doubles point in matches, tallying a perfect 7-0 mark when
winning the point. Duke has registered a 42-11 (.792) overall doubles record
this season, including a 16-3 (.842) mark in dual matches. The squad is led by
the tandem of senior Mary Clayton and Goldfeld who own a 5-1 record in dual
matches this season, including three wins over nationally-ranked opponents.
The match Saturday will be the 17th all-time meeting between the Blue Devils and
Tigers, with Duke leading the overall series, 13-3. The Blue Devils have won
seven consecutive matches at home against Princeton dating back to 1984,
winning those matches by a combined 49-6.
the match with Princeton, Duke is slated to begin a four-match road trip as it
travels to face two top-25 squads next weekend. The Blue Devils are set to
travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to play No. 12 Michigan Friday, March 1 at 6 p.m., before
heading to South Bend, Ind., to face No. 22 Notre Dame Sunday, March 3 at 11
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