BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Sixth-ranked Duke swept Indiana 7-0 on Friday and improved to 5-0 overall with the win. The sweep is the Blue Devils’ second of the season and third sweep in a row against the Hoosiers.
“We have to keep getting better as a team and I think we played better today overall than in some of our previous matches,” said women’s head coach Jamie Ashworth. “We are headed into the tougher part of schedule and it is good for us to be able to close down an opponent. The last few matches we have jumped out early and let them fight back. We did a better job of finishing out our matches today and this was a great win for us moving forward.”
The Blue Devils opened the match sweeping the doubles competition. The No. 39 tandem of Mary Clayton and Monica Gorny won the first of three doubles matches from the No. 2 spot in stellar fashion with an 8-3 win against Myriam Sopel and Katya Zapadalova. Clayton and Gorny improved to 4-1 on the season with the win.
With two doubles matches remaining, the No. 4 pair of Nadine Fahoum and Ellah Nze sealed the doubles point with an 8-4 victory, while the No. 34 duo of Hanna Mar and Reka Zsilinszka came back from down 5-3 to win the third doubles match 8-5 to close out the doubles sweep.
The Blue Devils once again jumped out to an early lead in singles for the third match in a row as they won the first set in all six matches. Duke eventually went on to win five out of six matches in straight sets to pick up the win.
Mar was the first off the courts for Duke with a straight set win, 6-0, 6-4 from the No. 6 position to make the score 2-0 in favor of the Blue Devils. Clayton picked up the third point with a straight set win over Kayla Fujimoto 6-4, 6-2 to improve to 2-1 on the season.
Duke jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with four matches left to play. Zsilinszka grabbed the final point the Blue Devils needed for the win with the third straight set victory on the day as she defeated Zapadalova 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 3 position.
With the match already clinched the Blue Devils won the remaining singles matches. Fahoum and Kahan picked up the final two straight set wins for Duke on the afternoon, while Elizabeth Plotkin needed a third set tiebreaker take down Evgeniya Vertesheva.
“Rachel and Hanna are playing great, especially Rachel since she didn’t get a lot of matches in this fall due to an injury,” said Ashworth. “Every opportunity for her is a chance to improve and she has consistently done that this spring. Hanna had some good wins this fall and has improved every time she steps on the court. She has had some big wins for us this season and hopefully we can continue to get some good production from them both the rest of the year. “