Duke Clmis To No. 5 In ITA Rankings, Awaits Wake Foreste
April 7, 2009
DURHAM, N.C.--A winner of six straight matches, the Duke University women's tennis team will put its streak on the line against Wake Forest in a midweek contest on April 8 at 3 p.m. The Blue Devils climbed to fifth in this week's national rankings after a 3-0 week that included wins over two top 30 teams.
Duke and Wake Forest square off at Ambler Tennis Stadium as the ACC regular season comes to a close. The Blue Devils are 50-4 all-time against the Demon Deacons, including a 6-1 victory a year ago. Live statistics will be available at www.GoDuke.com.
Fresh off of a 6-1 victory over Virginia Tech on April 5, Duke is 17-3 overall and 7-1 in conference play. The Blue Devils are one of four teams with just on ACC loss on the year as the four teams jockey for seeding in the upcoming ACC Tournament.
Senior Melissa Mang and sophomore Reka Zsilinszka sport match 18-2 marks on the year. Playing at No. 5, Mang is unbeaten against league foes this season and is just five wins shy of reaching the 100-win mark. Tabbed 40th in the most recent rankings, Zsilinszka lines up at No. 3 for Duke and is 7-1 in ACC play.
Rookie Mallory Cecil is Duke's top singles player at the No. 1 spot. Cecil is 17-3 overall and 7-1 in the ACC. Ranked 31st in the nation, she is 6-3 against nationally-ranked foes in her rookie season.
Sophomore Ellah Nze holds down the No. 2 spot with a 15-4 record, while junior Amanda Granson and senior Jessi Robinson round out the lineup at four and six, respectively. Granson is 13-6 overall this season and 6-2 against ACC foes. Robinson sports the second longest win streak on the team at seven matches, putting her at 13-7 in dual competition.
In doubles, Duke is led by Mang and Granson in the top spot. The 18th-ranked duo is 12-7 overall on the year and 6-2 in conference play. Robinson and Cecil are the No. 2 team with a 13-6 mark, while Nze and Zsilinszka round out the tandems with a team-best record of 17-3.
Duke closes out its regular season this weekend, April 10-11, hosting Clemson and Georgia Tech. Both Clemson and Georgia Tech also have one loss in conference action.