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Cavaliers look for first ACC title in program history; Duke looking for 18th championship
CARY, N.C. (theACC.com) – The field for the 2014 ACC Women’s Tennis Championship is set, as Virginia and Duke will square off for the title at 11 a.m. at Cary Tennis Park.
Virginia will be looking for its first title in program history, with the Cavaliers last appearance in the final coming at the 1989 ACC Championship. In its previous finals appearance, Virginia was defeated by the Blue Devils.
Duke, which last won an ACC title in 2012, will be in search of the program’s 18th championship and the ninth under head coach Jamie Ashworth. Should the Blue Devils win the title, they would join Georgia Tech (2010) as they only team to win four matches at the Championship on the way to a title.
The Blue Devils were the first of the two teams to punch their ticket to the final, as they upset top-seeded North Carolina, 4-3, in dramatic fashion. Duke’s Hanna Mar earned the clinching point in a third-set tiebreak in a singles match that lasted three hours and four minutes.
Virginia, which lost to Miami on the final day of the regular season last Sunday, defeated the Hurricanes, 4-0. The Cavaliers quickly gained the advantage by winning the doubles point and carried momentum to singles play, winning at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 singles. Virginia also held leads at No. 1 and No. 5 singles. The clinching point of the match came from Stephanie Nauta.