DURHAM, N.C. – The top-seeded Duke women’s tennis team returns home following a three-match road trip as Duke welcomes No. 43 Florida State (8-6) to Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center Sunday, March 23. The Blue Devils saw three victories over the three-match stretch, extending their winning streak to six matches. Duke concluded competition last week with a 2-0 conference ledger after defeating No. 55 Virginia Tech, 5-2, and No. 46 Wake Forest, 6-1.
#CollegeMatchDay Visits Duke Sunday The Duke men’s and women’s tennis programs will welcome the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) College MatchDay series to Durham Sunday, March 23 for a pair of exciting ACC contests. In addition to the ESPN3 coverage, College MatchDay’s 53-foot, interactive Fan Experience trailer will also be on site Sunday in the Card Gym Lot off Towerview Road . The trailer will allow fans to engage in a number of activities before, during and after the match, including giveaways, a Wii station and a photo booth. As part of the College MatchDay series, Sunday’s contests will feature a unique, experimental format, as proposed by an advisory group of NCAA Division I athletic directors: all six singles matches will be played first, best of three tiebreak sets, with each singles match worth one point toward the team total (four points are required to win the team match). In the case of a 3-3 tie after the singles matches, three doubles matches – played using 10-point super tiebreakers – will be used to determine the winner in what amounts to college tennis’ version of “overtime.”
Florida State Series History The Blue Devils lead the series against the Seminoles, 29-5. In the most recent meeting between the two teams, Duke outlasted Florida State, 4-3, April 12, 2013. Duke enters Sunday’s competition on a two-match win streak, dating back to April 7, 2012. Duke held a 21-match win streak in the series that began March 16, 1985 and ended April 7, 2007.
Scouting the Seminoles The Seminoles currently own an 8-6 overall record and a 3-3 conference record, with a contest scheduled against the NC State Wolfpack for Saturday, March 22. Florida State posted conference victories over Boston College (6-1), Maryland (7-0) and Wake Forest (4-3), while falling to Notre Dame (1-6), Syracuse (3-4) and Georgia Tech (2-5).
The Seminoles are led by the singles play of junior Kerri Cartwright. Cartwright, 17-8 in overall singles play this season and 9-5 in dual-match action, enters Saturday’s competition against the Wolfpack with a 6-4 ledger over her last 10 matches. In addition to Cartwright, junior Daneika Borthwick has also performed admirably for the Seminoles. Posting three consecutive wins in her last three appearances and sitting at 14-8 on the season, including a 6-3 record at the No. 1 position, Borthwick leads the Seminoles with victories on court one. Borthwick won eight of her last 10 matches coming into Saturday’s contest.
Winning Ways The Blue Devils, currently on a six-match win streak, have not lost since Feb. 21. During the six-match stretch, Duke has outscored opponents by a combined 34-7, with the largest winning margin of 6-0 coming against Old Dominion March 12. Duke is undefeated at home this season, winning all seven matches in 2014, including three conference contests.
Duke in the ITA Rankings The Duke women’s tennis team reclaimed the top ranking in the nation, as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) March 18. The Blue Devils held the No. 1 ranking for four weeks before falling to No. 2 March 11. Duke recorded a 5-1 ledger while the top-ranked team in the nation, and a 1-0 mark at the No. 2 ranking.
In addition to the top-team ranking, four singles players and five doubles pairs also appear on the ITA’s most recent list, released March 11. The sixth-ranked Beatrice Capra headlines Duke, while No. 24 Ester Goldfeldand No. 31 Hanna Marearned top-35 rankings. Freshman Alyssa Smith rounded out the Duke contingent in singles, ranking 94th overall.
In doubles, the No. 4 duo of Mar and Capra rank among the nation’s top five doubles teams, while Goldfeld and Smith earned the 22nd ranking. Goldfeld and junior Annie Mulholland also appear among the top 30, ranking 29th overall. The No. 42 pair of Goldfeld and senior Marianne Jodoin and the 66th-ranked duo of Mulholland and freshman Chalena Schollround out the Duke doubles teams among the top 80.
No. 3 Positions Duke remains undefeated at the No. 3 position in singles play this season. The Blue Devils are a perfect 12-0 on court three in singles, with senior Hanna Mar posting a perfect 6-0 mark in the No. 3 position. Duke is also a near-perfect 11-1 at the No. 3 position in doubles this season, with the duo of senior Marianne Jodoin and freshman Alyssa Smith contributing a 6-0 record.
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