DURHAM, N.C. – The sixth-ranked Duke women’s tennis team will seek to open Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play with a 6-0 record for the third consecutive year as it plays host to No. 27 Georgia Tech Saturday, April 6 at 12 p.m. and No. 16 Clemson Sunday, April 7 at 12 p.m. at Ambler Tennis Stadium. The Blue Devils currently own a 4-0 mark in conference play and are in the midst of a 15 conference match win streak, the third longest stretch in program history.
Led by junior Hanna Mar, who was tabbed at No. 19 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings, Duke is coming off impressive wins over Virginia and Virginia Tech last weekend. On Friday, Mar overcame a 1-5 deficit in a match-deciding, third set tiebreaker to top Virginia’s Stephanie Nauta and clinch the match for the squad, 4-3. The team returned to the courts Saturday, where junior Marianne Jodoin recorded her 20th consecutive singles victory against Virginia Tech’s Carol Kahoun to clinch the match for Duke, 4-1.
In addition to Mar, the Blue Devils boast four other players in the top-125 of the ITA poll with sophomore Ester Goldfeld listed at No. 52, Jodoin at No. 94, senior Mary Clayton at No. 99 and sophomore Monica Turewicz tabbed at No. 123.
The Blue Devils will open their weekend against No. 27 Georgia Tech Saturday, April 6 at 12 p.m. The Yellow Jackets enter the match with a 9-6 overall record as well as a 3-2 mark in ACC play, and are led by senior Elizabeth Kilborn, who has tallied a 6-7 singles record in dual matches this season, playing in the top position for the team. Duke and Georgia Tech have met 37 times in program history, with the Blue Devils controlling the series, 34-3.
On Sunday, April 7, the squad will return to Ambler Tennis Stadium to take on No. 16 Clemson at 12 p.m. The meeting on Sunday will be the 46th match between the two programs with Duke holding a slight advantage, 26-19. The Tigers enter the match with a 9-5 overall record including a 4-1 mark in ACC play. Clemson is led by sophomore Yana Koroleva, who was tabbed at No. 16 in the latest ITA poll after tallying a 10-3 singles record in dual matches this season, and boast two other singles players in the rankings with Liz Jeukeng at No. 42 and Beatrice Gumulya at No. 49.
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