NCAA Womens Tennis

No. 11 Blue Devils Register 5-2 Home Win Over No. 14 Irish

No. 11 Blue Devils Register 5-2 Home Win Over No. 14 Irish

DURHAM – In the first home match outside at Ambler Tennis Stadium of the 2023 campaign, the 11th-ranked Duke women’s tennis team collected a 5-2 victory over 14th-ranked Notre Dame on Friday evening in Durham, N.C.

The Blue Devils collected their 20th straight home victory to improve to 12-2 overall and 2-1 in ACC action on the year, while the Irish dropped to 9-4, 1-2.  

How It Happened

•    Duke jumped out to a 1-0 lead by claiming the doubles point with victories on court No. 1 and No. 3.

•    On court three, Duke’s duo of Iuliia Bryzgalova and Georgia Drummy won the first two games, before Notre Dame’s Yashna Yellayi and Rylie Hanford evened the score, 2-2.  The Blue Devils won the next three games to take a 5-2 advantage and eventually won, 6-2.  

•    The Blue Devils clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 win by 18th-ranked Chloe Beck and Cameron Morra over Page Freeman and Bojana Pozder.  After dropping the first game, Duke evened the score, 1-1, but fell behind 1-2.  The Blue Devils stormed back and won five straight games to take the victory.

•    Duke’s Karolina Berankova and Ellie Coleman were leading, 5-3, on court two when the Blue Devils clinched the doubles point.

•    In singles, both teams came out and won three first sets.

•    Duke graduate student Brianna Shvets put the second point on the board for the Blue Devils on court six as she won a straight-set match against Akari Matsuno, 6-0, 7-6 (7-4).  In the second set, Shvets found herself down 1-5, but battled back to send the match to a tiebreaker where she jumped ahead, 5-2, and eventually won, 7-4.  

•    Immediately after Shvets’ victory, sophomore Emma Jackson closed her match to put Duke ahead, 3-0.  Jackson defeated Yellayi, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.  In the first set, Jackson led 2-1, but Yellayi won four out of the next five games to take a 5-3 lead.  Jackson came back to lead 6-5, before heading into a tiebreaker, 6-6.  In the tiebreaker, Jackson went ahead, 2-0, but Yellayi would go ahead, 4-3.  With the score tied, 5-5, Jackson won the final two points of the tiebreaker to take the set.  After trailing 0-1 in the second set, Jackson went ahead and never trailed the rest of the way.

•    After dropping the first set, 3-6, Drummy made an impressive comeback winning the next two…

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