No. 15 Duke defeated No. 37 Ole Miss, 4-1 in the first round of the NCAA Championships.
May 11, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas – Despite playing seemingly from behind, No. 15 Duke cruised to a 4-1 win over No. 37 Ole Miss in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships at the McLeod Tennis Center on the campus of Texas Tech University.
Duke, who entered the NCAA Championships with only five healthy players available for the first and second rounds, began the day forfeiting No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles, giving Ole Miss a quick point to start the day.
Early in doubles, it looked like the Rebels might pick up the second point, as the tandem of #40 Caroline Rode-Moe and Marija Milutinovic to a 3-1 lead on Duke’s Marianna Jodoin and Annie Mulholland, but the Blue Devels battled back to tie it 3-3 and take an eventual 8-5 win at No. 2 doubles.
The Blue Devils’ Mary Clayton and Hanna Mar then topped Erin Stephens and Iris Verboven, 9-7 at No. 1 to secure the point for Duke and even the score, 1-1.
Duke’s #106 Mary Clayton picked up the second Blue Devil point with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Ole Miss’ Julia Jones at No. 2. She was followed in short order by Marianne Jodoin’s upset of #125 Mai El Kamash, 6-3, 6-1 to give the Blue Devils a 3-1 lead.
No. 29 Hanna Mar closed out the match for Duke with a victory over No. 45 Caroline Rohde-Moe, 6-4, 6-1.
The Blue Devils advance to face either No. 17 Texas Tech or No. 71 College of Charleston at 1 p.m. CT at the McLeod Tennis Center on Sunday.
DUKE HEAD COACH JAMIE ASHWORTH:
“The biggest thing was our belief in ourselves. We struggled at the end of the season, obviously playing with five people has been tough but, our girls really believed in themselves and believed in each other. It wasn’t so much a stroke thing, a tennis thing, it was more of a mental thing. We’ve just got to come out and play with passion and intensity every time and I thought we were able to do that. Getting the doubles point was huge. With the situation we are in, if we lose a doubles point, we are down 2-0 just like that. So getting the doubles point and playing good solid doubles when there was pressure was really big for us.”
OLE MISS HEAD COACH MARK BEYERS:
“I’m obviously very disappointed. Duke is a very good team and they played very well, I just don’t feel like I sensed the urgency on our side or that we were really willing to battle through some up and downs in different matches. I don’t mind losing but, I feel like we got outworked, outplayed, and it was just more energy on Duke’s side then it was on ours. And when you get to an NCAA tournament and you work hard to get here, it’s disappointing to get beat that way. The doubles point was crucial. We were up 7-6 to try and win that doubles point and I think that was a huge momentum switch for Duke there. And I don’t feel like we were ever able, as a team, to get over that. They won some good close first sets on some of these courts and then they were able to run away with it. Which is the part that’s disappointing, is that we weren’t able to turn any of these matches around and make it a little bit tougher on them.”
NCAA Tennis Championships
#15 Duke 4, #37 Ole Miss 1
May 11, 2013 at Lubbock, Texas
(McLeod Tennis Center)
1. #29 Hanna Mar (DUKE) def. #45 Caroline Rohde-Moe (OM) 6-4, 6-1
2. #56 Mary Clayton (DUKE) def. Julia Jones (OM) 6-2, 6-3
3. #106 Annie Mulholland (DUKE) vs. Erin Stephens (OM) 3-6, 3-2, unfinished
4. Marianne Jodoin (DUKE) def. #125 Mai El Kamash (OM) 6-3, 6-1
5. Nicole Lipp (DUKE) vs. Marija Milutinovic (OM) 2-6, 2-5, unfinished
6. Iris Verboven (OM) def. No player (DUKE), by forfeit
1. Mary Clayton/Hanna Mar (DUKE) def. Erin Stephens/Iris Verboven (OM) 9-7
2. Marianne Jodoin/Annie Mulholland (DUKE) def. #40 Caroline Rohde-Moe/Marija Milutinovic (OM) 8-5
3. Julia Jones/Allie Robbins (OM) def. No player/No player (DUKE), by forfeit
Records: #37 Ole Miss 16-14, #15 Duke 15-9
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,2,4,1)
Duke Advances to the Second Round