Blue Devils Primed for ACC Quarterfinal Match Against No. 24 Wake Forest

DURHAM – No. 5 Duke women’s tennis begins its quest for the program’s 18th conference title as the Blue Devils open the postseason with a matchup against No. 24 Wake Forest in the quarterfinal round of the ACC Women’s Tennis Championship.

Duke (16-3, 11-2 ACC) will battle the Demon Deacons on Friday, April 22 at 6 pm at the Rome Tennis Center in Rome, Ga. The Blue Devils enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed, while Wake Forest holds the No. 7 seed.

Match 20: No. 5 Duke vs. No. 24 Wake Forest – Friday, April 22 at 6:00 pm
Rome Tennis Center | Rome, Ga.
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Duke owns a 16-3 ledger and 11-2 mark in ACC play after concluding the regular season on a five-match win streak. Based on Wednesday’s Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll, the Blue Devils currently rank fifth nationally – marking their second time in the top five this season. Throughout the 2022 campaign, the Blue Devils have also consistently had at least three individual players and two doubles pairings ranked in the ITA singles and doubles polls.

Duke currently features four singles players and three doubles pairs in the ITA rankings. Reigning ACC Player of the Week Chloe Beck leads the way in singles action at No. 8, while senior Georgia Drummy jumped seven spots up to No. 14. Classmate Kelly Chen and freshman Emma Jackson round out the quartet, checking in at No. 100 and No. 124, respectively.

In doubles play, Duke is led by Beck and freshman Ellie Coleman at No. 27, catapulting 28 spots up the leaderboard from 55th. Sophomore Karolina Berankova and Drummy moved up seven spots up to No. 31, while Beck and senior Margaryta Bilokin are slotted 90th.

Beck concluded the regular season with an unblemished 18-0 overall record (13-0 in ACC) and became the first Blue Devil to go undefeated in conference action since Chen achieved the feat in 2018.

Chen currently sits in sixth on the Duke career singles list with a 129-48 mark and is tied for 17th on the career doubles list at 88-45. Overall, the senior owns a 217-93 combined career singles and doubles record – good for ninth all-time in total victories. Chen needs two more wins to move into a tie for eighth with Jessi Robinson.

Duke is 74-18 (.804) all-time at the ACC Championship and owns a league-leading 17 titles, including 14 straight from 1988-2001.

The Blue Devils are seeking their first ACC Championship since 2012. After inclement weather forced the championship match out of Cary, NC, and indoors to Wake Forest’s indoor tennis complex, Duke bounced back from losing the doubles point to collect four singles wins and defeat North Carolina, 4-2.

Jamie Ashworth leads the league with the most ACC championships as a head coach having led the Blue Devils to eight team titles during his time in Durham.

Wake Forest enters the contest holding a 16-9 overall record after defeating Syracuse, 4-1, in the second round of the ACC Championship. The 24th-ranked Demon Deacons are led in the ITA singles rankings by No. 37 Carolyn Campana, who is 8-11 in dual match action, while No. 93 Casie Wooten boasts Wake Forest’s best dual match mark in singles play at 15-3 . Martinelli, Brylin and Killingsworth have also totaled more than 10 wins with 15, 14 and 12 victories, respectively. No. 7 Brylin and Killingsworth lead the charge with a 12-5 mark in doubles action, while Martinelli and Wooten check in at No. 34 with a 10-6 ledger.

The Blue Devils hold a 64-4 ledger in the all-time series against the Demon Deacons and have won the last 15 matchups. Friday marks the first meeting in the ACC Championships since 2014 – a 4-0 Duke win.

Duke and Wake Forest squared off on April 3, with the Blue Devils grinding out a 4-3 victory at the Wake Forest Tennis Center.

The Blue Devils struck first, grabbing the doubles point after the tandems of Beck and Coleman (6-2), Bilokin and Eliza Omirou (6-2) and Drummy and Berankova (6-4) swept the doubles courts.

Wake Forest took the lead after Martinelli and Killingsworth picked up singles wins at number four and five. Duke immediately responded, tying the match behind the efforts of Beck, who surged past Anna Campana (6-1,6-3) to deadlock the match at two apiece.

The conference foes split the next two courts – Omirou grinded out a tightly-contested 7-5,7-5 decision over Saby Nihalani at number six before Campana rallied from a set down to claim the match (2-6, 7-5, 6-3) in flight one and tie the score at 3-3.

Chen clinched the match for the Blue Devils on court three as she outlasted Brylin in a hard-fought, three-set tilt, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4.

Up Next:
Should the Blue Devils win, they’ll advance to the semifinal contest against No. 3 Miami or No. 6 Georgia Tech, slated for Saturday at 2 pm

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