DURHAM, N.C. – The 11th-ranked Duke women’s tennis team will conclude its regular season on the road as it travels to play Maryland Friday, April 19 at 1 p.m. before facing Boston College Saturday, April 20 at 5 p.m. After recording a 5-4 mark in conference matches, the Blue Devils have the opportunity to close the regular season with seven or more wins in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play for the 15th time under head coach Jamie Ashworth.
Duke enters the final weekend of the regular season in the midst of a five-match road trip, tallying a 14-7 overall record, including a 5-4 mark in conference play after falling to top-ranked North Carolina, 4-0, Wednesday in Chapel Hill. The squad has dropped four of the past five matches since being limited to only five players in the match against Georgia Tech April 6.
The Blue Devils are led by junior Hanna Mar who owns a 7-5 singles record in dual matches this season, and a 3-2 mark in ACC singles matches. Listed at No. 25 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) singles rankings, Mar is one of four Blue Devils tabbed in the poll, followed by sophomore Ester Goldfeld listed at No. 52, senior Mary Clayton at No. 101 and junior Marianne Jodoin at No. 107.
In addition to being highly ranked, two Blue Devils enter the weekend with the possibility of etching their names into the Duke record books. Clayton, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., continues to move up in program record books, as she is currently listed as tied for 3rd in career ACC singles wins (28) and 17th in career singles wins (107).
Jodoin, a native of Varennes, Quebec, also enters the weekend making history of her own as she is in the midst of a 21 match win streak, including a perfect 4-0 in ACC play. With two more wins, Jodoin would become one of 31 Blue Devils to achieve an undefeated record in ACC singles play. Junior Rachel Kahan currently leads that list with her perfect 11-0 record in conference play during the 2011 campaign.
Duke will travel to College Park, Md., Friday to face Maryland, who enters the match with a 5-14 overall record, including a 0-9 tally in ACC play. The Terrapins and Blue Devils have met 40 times in program history, with Duke controlling the series by a 38-2 margin. Maryland is led by senior Vroni Van Berlo who owns an 8-5 singles record in dual matches, while playing in the top spot for the Terrapins.
The squad will then travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass., Saturday to take on No. 63 Boston College at 5 p.m. The match Saturday will be the 10th meeting in program history between the two teams, with Duke owning a perfect 9-0 ledger dating back to the first meeting in 1986. The Eagles enter the weekend with a 9-8 overall record, and a 3-6 mark in ACC play after topping Wake Forest, 5-2, April 14. Boston College is led by Jessica Wacnik, who owns a 7-10 singles record this season.
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