Duke's Capra, UNC's McHale named ACC Women's Tennis Players of the Week

April 3, 2012

ACC Players of the Week

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke freshman Beatrice Capra and North Carolina junior Lauren McHale were named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Players of the Week after their wins over fellow ranked opponents led their teams to sweeps of road matches at No. 23 Clemson and No. 24 Georgia Tech last weekend.

Capra, the nation’s second-ranked player, led the third-ranked Blue Devils by defeating 55th-ranked Keri Wong, 6-2, 6-4, Friday evening, en route to Duke’s 6-1 win over 23rd-ranked Clemson. The newcomer followed up with a resilient 6-0, 2-6, 6-0 victory over 17th-ranked Jillian O’Neill, as Duke shut out 24th-ranked Georgia Tech, 7-0, Sunday afternoon. The Ellicott City, Md., native improved her record to 20-3 overall, 14-1 in dual singles matches and 12-3 against ranked opponents this season, while increasing her winning streak to eight straight matches.

The 33rd-ranked McHale had a perfect week in leading No. 8 North Carolina to its two road wins. The Englewood Cliffs, N.J., native defeated No. 108 Elizabeth Kilborn 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 at No. 2 singles to clinch a 4-3 victory over the Yellow Jackets. McHale teamed with Shinann Featherston at No. 1 doubles to defeat No. 17 Josipa Bek and Wong in a marathon match, 9-8 (10), to clinch the doubles point against Clemson. McHale then defeated the No. 55 Wong in three sets at the top of the singles lineup, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, to help secure a 5-2 dual match win over the Tigers. McHale has won seven of her last eight singles matches and seven straight doubles matches.