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April 12, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Duke senior Nadine Fahoum and North Carolina sophomore Zoe De Bruycker have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Tennis Co-Players of the Week Presented by Chevrolet following their performances during the period of April 4-10.
Fahoum helped the fourth-ranked Blue Devils remain unbeaten in ACC play and move to the top of the standings (9-0) with team victories over No. 3 UNC, No. 11 Clemson and No. 12 Georgia Tech with doubles- or match-clinching points against all three teams. De Bruycker won three singles matches versus fellow ranked opponents to help the Tar Heels rebound from the Duke loss and finish 2-1 on the week versus three top 12 teams.
Fahoum and doubles partner Hanna Mar clinched the doubles point for Duke over North Carolina that helped propel the Blue Devils to the 4-3 win. It marked the 100th doubles victory of Fahoum's career.
Against Clemson, Fahoum and Mar picked up the first win in doubles action that allowed Duke to take the doubles point for the second straight match. In singles action, the Haifa, Israel, native dropped the first set to 10th-ranked Josipa Bek 6-2, but charged back in the second and third sets and didn't give up a single point as she clinched the match win for Duke with a 2-6, 6-0, 6-0 decision from the number one singles spot.
Against Georgia Tech, Fahoum and clinched the doubles point to give the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead with a 9-7 win on court two. In singles action, Fahoum defeated her second ranked opponent in two days and clinched the match win for the second- straight day for the Blue Devils, defeating No. 46 Jillian O'Neill from the number one position in straight sets.
North Carolina's De Bruycker, ranked 15th nationally, opened the week with a 6-3, 6-2 win against Duke's 45th-ranked Fahoum. The Saratoga, Calif., sophomore notched her second straight-set win of the week on Saturday with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over O'Neill of Georgia Tech, keying the Tar Heels to a 5-2 victory.
De Bruycker saved her biggest win for Sunday, as she outlasted Bek of Clemson in three grueling sets, 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (6), to clinch a 4-3 team victory for the Tar Heels. In a rematch of the ITA Carolina Indoor Regional final played in Chapel Hill last fall, De Bruycker and Bek traded blows throughout the afternoon. De Bruycker looked poised to repeat her straight-set win from November early on, as she took the first set in impressive fashion. But Bek came back strong, and the match remained tight until De Bruycker finally prevailed in the third-set tiebreaker to give the Tar Heels a nerve-wracking one-point win.
De Bruycker inched up to No. 14 in this week's national ITA singles rankings, while Duke's Fahoum is now 38th.