ATLANTA, Ga. – Third-ranked Duke finished off its 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) road schedule on Saturday afternoon with a 7-0 shutout of 24th-ranked Georgia Tech. The Blue Devils have now posted a 7-0 shutout in four of their six ACC wins this season.
Duke (17-2, 6-0 ACC) opened the day strong with quick victories on courts one and three to clinch the doubles point. The Blue Devils’ 42-ranked duo of freshman Ester Goldfeld and junior Mary Clayton upset the Yellow Jackets’ 10th-ranked tandem of Jillian O’Neill and Alex Anghelescu 8-4 in the No. 1 spot, before sophomore Hanna Mar and freshman Annie Mulholland took down Christina Ngo and Muriel Wacker 8-4 in the No. 3 spot, putting Duke ahead 1-0 in the overall match.
The 25th-ranked duo of freshman Beatrice Capra and sophomore Rachel Kahan could not notch the sweep for the Blue Devils, falling 9-7 to Lynn Blau and Elizabeth Kilborn in the No. 2 spot.
Singles play continued to be Duke’s strongpoint, as it went on to sweep all six matches from Georgia Tech (9-9, 3-4 ACC), improving its mark to 33-3 overall in ACC dual singles matches this season. Kahan, ranked 86th, was the first one off the court after picking up a dominating 6-1, 6-1 victory against Jasmine Minor in the No. 4 spot. Freshman and 92nd-ranked Monica Turewicz followed Kahan with a 6-2, 6-4 win at the No. 6 spot over Blau, collecting her 20th win in her first season at Duke.
Goldfeld, the No. 112 player in the country, clinched the match for the second match in a row in the No. 2 spot with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph against the 108th-ranked Kilborn. Goldfeld clinched the match Friday evening at 23rd-ranked Clemson. Capra, the second-ranked player in the nation, won a hard-fought, three-set battle against the 17th-ranked O’Neill at the No. 1 spot in the lineup to increase Duke’s lead to 5-0 in the overall match. The victory was also the 20th of the season for the three-time and defending ACC Player of the Week, as the newcomer improved to 14-1 in dual singles matches.
Ranked 51st in the country, Mar continued the Blue Devil rally with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) win in the No. 3 spot against 85th-ranked Caroline Lilley. Clayton, ranked 70th and playing in the No. 5 spot, completed the singles sweep and shutout with a tough 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-4) win against Anghelescu. Clayton leads Duke with 26 overall and 15 dual singles victories this season.