No. 4 Duke handles No. 11 Clemson
Blue Devils have won doubles point in 10 of last 11 matches
DURHAM, N.C. – Fourth-ranked Duke cruised past No. 11 Clemson, 6-1, on Saturday to remain undefeated in the ACC.
Duke (19-2, 8-0 ACC) won two out of three doubles matches to claim the doubles point and an early 1-0 lead. The Blue Devils have now won the doubles point in 10 out of their last 11 matches.
Duke won the first doubles match on Court 2 as Nadine Fahoum and Hanna Mar picked up their sixth win in row against Maria Belaya and Caroline Magnusson, 8-4.
The No. 72 tandem of Mary Clayton and Monica Gorny clinched the doubles point for Duke on Court 3 with a hard fought 9-7 win over Nelly Ciolkowski and Laurianne Henry, while Rachel Kahan and Ellah Nze battled with the No. 1 pair of Josipa Bek and Keri Wong on Court 1. Nze and Kahan started the match down 5-2 and battled back to tie the match at 6-6. Bek and Wong eventually closed down the match by winning the final two points to claim the match win, 8-6.
Duke started singles by winning four out of six first sets. Clayton was first off the court for the Blue Devils when she defeated Maria Belaya in straight sets, while Kahan grabbed the third point for Duke on Court 5 with her 21st win in a row and remains undefeated in the dual match season at 19-0.
Fahoum clinched the match for Duke with a three-set win over No. 10 Bek by a score of 2-6, 6-0, 6-0. With three matches remaining on Courts 2, 3 and 4, the Blue Devils went on to claim wins in two out of the three matches.
Reka Zsilinszka won her 36th ACC singles match with a straight-set decision against Ciolkowski by a score of 6-2, 6-2, while Elizabeth Plotkin earned her 20th win this season to make the score 6-0 in favor of Duke.
Nze battled with Wong throughout the match and sent the second set into a tiebreaker after falling behind 4-1 to open the second. Wong eventually won the match in the tiebreaker to give Clemson the only point in the match.
Duke will play its final home match on Sunday against No. 12 Georgia Tech and will host “Senior Day” for Fahoum, Nze, Zsilinszka and Plotkin as they play their final match in a Duke uniform.