Women's Tennis Falls to #11 Duke 5-2

March 4, 2007

DURHAM, N.C. - The No. 20 ASU Women's Tennis team fell 5-2 in a match that pitted Devils vs. Devils as the #11 Duke Blue Devils defeated the Sun Devils at the Sheffield Indoor Tennie Center in Durham, N.C. Sunday afternoon.

The Sun Devils found themselves off to a shakey start as they were unable to seal the doubles point with only the 46th-ranked duo of Rebecca Rankin and Nadia Abdala were able to top their Duke opponent, beating Tory Zawacki and Kristen Cargill 8-5 in the three spot.

ASU rallied back in singles as Roxanne Clarke took the first singles win of the day with a 6-4, 6-3 over the 77th-ranked Elizabeth Plotkin to notch it at one apiece. The Blue Devils came back to take the next three and seal the match win, even as Kady Pooler took a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win from DU's Tory Zawacki and Nadia Abdala and Rebecca Rankin both pushed their singles matches to a tough three sets.

The Sun Devils are now 7-4 as they prepare to take the road again in two weeks to resume Pac-10 play as they head to L.A. to take on USC and UCLA on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17.

Results of ASU vs. Duke


1. Daniela Bercek (D) def. #99 Sabrina Capannolo (A) 6-1, 6-3

2. Melissa Mang (D) def. #58 Nadia Abdala (A) 6-3, 1-6, 6-1

3. Roxanne Clarke (A) def. #77 Elizabeth Plotkin (D) 6-4, 6-3

4. Amanda Granson (D) def. #63 Rebecca Rankin (A) 6-4, 6-7, 10-4

5. Kady Pooler (A) def. Tory Zawacki (D) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

6. Clelia Deltour (D) def. Laila Abdala (A) 6-3, 6-1

Order of finish: 3,1,6,2*,5,4


1. D. Bercek/M. Mang (D) def. #6 K. Pooler/R. Clarke (A) 9-7

2. E. Plotkin/J. Robinson (D) def. S. Capannolo/Jessica Leitch (A) 8-6

3. #46 R. Rankin/N. Abdala (A) def. T. Zawacki/Kristin Cargill (D) 8-5

Order of finish: 3,1,2*,

* indicates clinching match

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