Duke opens season at Michigan Invitational

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DURHAM- The sixth-ranked Duke women’s tennis team is set to open the 2022 campaign this weekend as the Blue Devils travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Michigan Invitational Jan. 14-16 at the Preston Robert Tisch Tennis Building. .

The Blue Devils will face No. 10 Ohio State, Notre Dame and host 16th-ranked Michigan over three days of singles and doubles competition.

Duke will be represented by Chloe Beck, Karolina Berankova, Kelly Chen, Ellie Coleman, Georgia Drum, Emma Jackson and Eliza Omirou.

PROGRAM

Friday January 14
10:00 a.m. Singles – No. 10 Ohio State vs. No. 6 Duke
1:00 p.m. Doubles — Duke vs. Notre Dame

Saturday January 15
10 a.m. Singles – Notre Dame vs. No. 6 Duke
1 p.m. Doubles — No. 16 Michigan vs. No. 10 Duke

Sunday January 16
12 p.m. Doubles — No. 10 Ohio State vs. Duke
Singles to follow – Michigan #16 vs. Duke #6



THE OPPONENTS

ohio state – The Buckeyes enter the season with four ranked singles players – No. 6 Irina Cantos Siemers, No. 72 Lucia Marzal, No. 114 Luna Dormet and No. 123 Sydni Ratliff, as well as a pair of ranked doubles – No. 29 Irina Cantos Siemers/Sydni Ratliff.

Duke and Ohio State have met eight times, with the Blue Devils leading the series 7-1. The Buckeyes’ only victory came in the last game, 4-2, on January 31, 2020.

our Lady – Conference foes have faced each other 27 times in their program’s history. Duke is 24-3 against the Fighting Irish, including wins in the last 10 meetings.

Michigan – The 2020-21 Big Ten finalists present a list of three players who concluded the fall ranked on the ITA Fall Singles List – No. 17 Kari Miller, No. 99 Julia Fliegner and the No. 120 Nicole Hammond.

The Blue Devils lead the all-time series 11-3, including a 4-1 win last season.



Blue Devils ranked No. 6 in ITA’s pre-season coaches’ poll
Duke women’s tennis opens the 2022 roster as the sixth team in the nation, as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) last week.


Defending NCAA National Champions Texas lead the preseason team standings to start the 2022 season. Pepperdine (No. 2), North Carolina (No. 3), Georgia (No. 4 ), UCLA (#5), Duke (#6), Virginia (#7), North Carolina round out the top 10. State (#8), California (#9), and Ohio State (#10).

The ACC has the most programs in the survey with seven, ahead of the six teams in the SEC. The 2022 campaign marks the second consecutive season that the Blue Devils have started the season in 6th place and the sixth consecutive year in the top 10.



Seven Blue Devils ranked in final ITA fall rankings
Seven Duke players were on the ITA’s final singles and doubles list after the fall tennis season ended.

Chloe Beck paved the way for Duke singles at No. 15, followed by freshmen Emma Jackson and Ellie Colemanas well as senior Georgia Drumat No. 26, No. 48 and No. 73, respectively.

In doubles, the seniors Kelly Chen and graduate student Eliza Omirou were ranked 10th, Beck and senior Margaryta Bilokin finished No. 20 and Beck and Coleman checked in at No. 60.

For more information on Duke women’s tennis, follow the Blue Devils on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching “https://goduke.com/news/2022/1/13/DukeWTEN”.



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