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May 21, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - Playing the second-seeded Florida Gators for the second time this season, the third-seeded Duke women's tennis team suffered a 4-3 setback in the NCAA Semifinals Monday afternoon on the McWhorter Courts at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The loss snapped the Blue Devils' run of 18 straight victories, which was the second-longest streak in program history.
Florida opened the afternoon strong, as the nation's top-ranked doubles team comprised of Allie Will and Sofie Oyen earned a convincing 8-2 victory over the Blue Devils' 21st-ranked duo of junior Mary Clayton and freshman Ester Goldfeld. Despite a long wait between the finish on court one and the next match to be completed, sophomore Hanna Mar and senior Monica Gorny scored an 8-4 victory on court three over Caroline Hitimana and to leave the doubles point hanging in the balance on court two.
Playing in the No. 2 spot, Duke's 17th-ranked team of freshman Beatrice Capra and sophomore Rachel Kahan found themselves in a great battle with 22nd-ranked Lauren Embree and Joanna Mather. With the match tied at three, the Gators went on to take the next three games, before the Blue Devils responded to tie the match at six all. After another tie at 7-7, Duke took an 8-7 lead before Florida stormed back to take the final two games following a 7-1 score in the tie-break.