DURHAM – Duke women’s tennis head coach Jamie Ashworth registered his 600th career victory Saturday evening with a 4-2 win over Illinois inside Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center. With the win Ashworth also became the quickest NCAA Division I head coach to reach 600 wins in only 747 matches over his 28 seasons with the Blue Devils.
The Blue Devils fell behind, 1-0, after dropping the doubles point, but claimed four singles wins by Shavit Kimchi, Emma Jackson, Ellie Coleman and Iuliia Bryzgalova to register the win. Duke moved to 4-0 overall, while Illinois fell to 3-1.
How It Happened
- For the first time this season, the Blue Devils dropped the doubles point to open the match. All three courts were tightly contested and both teams led at one point on all three courts.
- Duke opened action with a victory on court one as Shavit Kimchi and Karolina Berankova came back from being down 3-0 against Megan Heuser and McKenna Schaefbauer to win 6-4. The Blue Devils trailed, 3-0, but won three straight games to even the match, 3-3. After falling behind, 3-4, Kimchi and Berankova closed by winning three straight games to take the victory.
- The Blue Devil duo of Iuliia Bryzgalova and Brianna Shvets went up against Kida Ferrari and Violeta Martinez on court three. Duke went ahead 1-0 and 2-1, but Illinois came back to take a 4-2 lead. Trailing 5-3, Bryzgalova and Shvets came back to even the score, 5-5, with a break in the previous game. Ferrari and Martinez won the next two games to win, 7-5.
- The doubles point came down to court two with…