W&M opened the season with a pair of 6-1 wins over Richmond and UMBC on Jan. 15. The Green and Gold won the doubles point in both matches thanks to victories from the No. 3 nationally ranked team of juniors Maria Belaya and Jeltje Loomans as well as the Green and Gold duo of senior Anik Cepeda and freshman Leeza Nemchinov. In singles action, Belaya, Loomans, Nemchinov, Cepeda and junior Sydney Smith each tallied two singles wins on the day to lead the Tribe charge.
The Blue Devils, who open the 2013 campaign against W&M on Saturday, won the ACC Championship and advanced to the NCAA semifinals last season, before finishing the campaign at 29-3. In his 16th season, head coach Jamie Ashworth is a perfect 15-0 in home openers in Durham. Duke sports a lineup that features four nationally ranked singles players and a pair of nationally ranked doubles team. Hanna Mar is the highest ranked Blue Devil player at No. 10 nationally followed by No. 40 Ester Goldfeld, No. 53 Mary Clayton and No. 63 Marianne Jodoin. In doubles, Beatrice Capra and Mar are ranked No. 6 nationally, while Goldfeld and Mar are No. 17.
The meeting between the Tribe and Blue Devils will the 31st all-time meeting with Duke leading the series at 21-9. The Blue Devils won the last four meetings between the schools, including a 7-0 victory in Durham last season. W&M last tallied a win in the series producing two straight victories in 2005 and 2006.
Following the match with the Blue Devils, W&M returns home to host No. 18-ranked Mississippi on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The match carries a 6 p.m. start time at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center and live stats will be available on TribeAthletics.com.