The Blue Devils begin play at the ITA Carolina Regional Championships today and will continue to compete through Monday Oct. 25. The five-day tournament will take place at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill on the campus of North Carolina. Winners of the singles and doubles titles qualify for the ITA National Indoor Championships held Nov. 4-7 in Flushing, N.Y.
Six Blue Devils will compete as singles players: seniors Ellah Nze, Elizabeth Plotkin and Nadine Fahoum; junior Monica Gorny; sophomore Mary Clayton; and freshman Hanna Mar. Senior Reka Zsilinszka will not participate in the singles draw, as she already qualified for the Indoor Championships based on her performance at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships.
Duke will feature three doubles squads in the tournament as well. The team of Fahoum and Nze earned the second overall seed, Clayton and Gorny received the fourth seed, and Zsilinszka and Mar were chosen as the fifth seed. Mar is playing in her first tournament since winning the singles title at the San Diego State Fall Classic Oct. 3—her first collegiate victory.
All three doubles teams begin play this afternoon. The singles main draw has yet to be finalized but is scheduled to begin Friday. The championship matches in singles and doubles will be held Monday.