N.Y. – Junior Hanna Mar will represent the Blue Devils at the USTA/ITA National
Indoor Championships Nov. 8-11 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis
in Flushing, N.Y. The tournament is one of the premier collegiate tournaments
of the year, featuring seven of the top 10 players from the Campbell/ITA
Women’s Preseason rankings. Of the 32 athletes in the tournament, 27 are ranked
in the top 100 in the preseason poll, including Mar who is ranked 35th
entering the weekend.
“I am really looking forward to this tournament,” said Mar. “It
is going to be really good competition, and some really good matches. I feel
like I have been playing well in my matches, so I just have to keep doing it
and keep using the confidence that I have been able to build up so far in the
matches that I have played.”
Players gained automatic entry to the tournament by winning USTA/ITA Division I Regional Championships held across
the country in October, winning the USTA/ITA National Small College Super Bowl,
and the consolation champions, doubles finalists, singles semifinalists from
the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships. Mar, ranked No. 35 in the
preseason poll, earned her entry by winning the singles title at the ITA
Carolina Regional Championship Oct.18-23 before teaming up with Goldfeld to
take the doubles title as well.
Mar, a native of Burr Ridge, Ill., owns an 11-2
record this fall including a 3-1 record against nationally ranked opponents. In
addition to winning both the singles and doubles titles at the ITA Carolina
Regional Championship, Mar also won her bracket in the Duke Fab 4 Invitational
and made a run to the doubles championship match at the Riviera/ITA
All-American after teaming up with sophomore Beatrice Capra. Last season, Mar
earned All-ACC honors while tallying a 30-15 overall singles record, including
a 6-1 ledger in ACC play.
“She just has to believe in herself,” said head coach Jamie
Ashworth. “She is playing well, and she is playing with confidence and she just
has to realize that she can compete with the best players in the country. When
she was in this situation a couple of weeks ago in California, she did not play
as well as she would have liked, and it was the first time she was really in
that situation on a national level, and I think she learned a lot from that.”
Play is set to begin on Thursday with Mar facing No. 89 Aleksandra
Josifoska of UNLV in the first round of singles. Josifoska qualified by winning
ITA Mountain Regional Championship.
While Mar travels to New York, senior Mary Clayton, junior
Marianne Jodoin and sophomore Annie Mulholland will represent the Blue Devils at
the Kitty Harrison Invitational No.9-11 at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in
Chapel Hill, N.C. Duke will open play at the Kitty Harrison Invitational on
Jodoin, a native of Varennes, Quebec, is coming off a trip
to the USTA Collegiate Invitational in which she went 2-1 in group play, giving
her a 6-6 record in singles play this fall. Jodoin, ranked 27th in
the preseason rankings, owns a 3-3 record against nationally ranked opponents
including wins over 71st-ranked Caroline Price of North Carolina and
No. 73 Jasmine Kling of DePaul.
Clayton enters the tournament with a 7-5 record overall this
fall in singles play as well as a 4-3 ledger in doubles. Clayton, ranked 44th
in the preseason poll is coming off a strong 2011-12 campaign in which she
closed the season tied for the team lead with a 32-11 overall singles record and
a perfect 9-0 mark in ACC play.
Mulholland, ranked 108th in the preseason
rankings, owns a 5-5 record this fall in singles play and an 8-3 ledger in
doubles action. Last season, Mulholland posted a 19-7 overall singles record
with all but two of her 19 singles wins coming in straight sets.
“It is our last event for the fall,” said Ashworth. “We have
not talked a lot about lineup stuff on our team, but this is the last event we
have to go off up opening up the spring. They obviously want to play well and
get results, and it is the last impression that they make before we open up
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