No. 4 Duke tops No. 17 Virginia
Nze's 7-5, 6-4 victory clinches match for Blue Devils
DURHAM, N.C. – Fourth-ranked Duke took down No. 17 Virginia 5-2, on Sunday afternoon at Ambler Tennis Stadium.
Duke (17-2, 6-0 ACC) started the match down 1-0 after dropping the doubles point for the first time in eight matches. The Blue Devils opened the singles portion of play strongly, winning the first set in five out of six matches. Elizabeth Plotkin was first off the courts for Duke with a straight set win on court four over Hana Tomljanovic 6-2, 6-4, that evened the score at 1-1.
The Cavaliers took a 2-1 lead after Lindsey Hardenbergh took down Nadine Fahoum on court one in straight sets 6-3, 6-1, while Reka Zsilinszka evened the score at 2-2 with a straight set win on court three over Erin Vierra.
Mary Clayton capitalized on court six to put the Blue Devils on top 3-2 with her eighth straight win, as she took down Maria Fucillo in straight sets by a score of 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.
With two matches remaining on courts five and two, Ellah Nze clinched the match win for Duke after battling back from down 4-1 in the second set to claim the 7-5, 6-4, win over Emily Fraser. In the final match of the afternoon, Rachel Kahan eventually took down Caryssa Peretz in three sets by a score of 6-2, 1-6, 7-5. With the win, Kahan remains undefeated at 17-0 on the season.