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Sportswrap: Duke women's tennis moves on to Sweet 16, women's soccer loses in penalty kicks

Kelly Chen found all eyes on her as she came back to defeat her singles opponent and win the match 4-3 for the Blue Devils.
Kelly Chen found all eyes on her as she came back to defeat her singles opponent and win the match 4-3 for the Blue Devils.

Sportswrap is your one-stop shop for everything Duke athletics, where we’ll recap how each of Duke’s sports currently in competition performed over the last week and give a brief look ahead. Here’s our recap for the week of May 4-10.

Women’s tennis 

Duke cruised through the first round of the NCAA tournament with a 4-0 blowout against Alabama, but the next day’s match against Baylor proved to be much more difficult. Thankfully for the Blue Devils, Kelly Chen delivered in crunchtime to mount a comeback and send Duke to the Sweet 16, which will be May 16 against No. 9-seed Central Florida. -Jake Piazza

Women’s soccer 

The ninth-seeded Blue Devils glided past Ole Miss in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament and nearly pulled off a colossal upset against No. 1-seed Florida State in the Elite Eight. Goalkeeper Ruthie Jones logged a career-high eight saves in the latter match before Duke fell in penalty kicks to the Seminoles to end the 2020 season. -Piazza

Men’s tennis 

Duke lost to South Florida 2-4 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The contest was extremely tight, but the Blue Devils were unable to pull through in crucial moments and the defeat was sealed with Luca Keist’s loss to South Florida senior Pierre Luquet. The team's season is over, but Garrett Johns and Sean Sculley will represent Duke as a doubles team in the doubles championship May 23-28. -Robert Miron

Softball 

Now-No. 19 Duke went to Raleigh to close the regular season, and outscored N.C. State 33-9 en route to a mostly-one-sided sweep. Deja Davis, Jameson Kavel and Kristina Foreman led the hitting, while Shelby Walters pitched 10.1 scoreless innings. The third-seeded Blue Devils play No. 6-seed Louisville in the ACC tournament Thursday. -Em Adler

Baseball 

Entering the series against now-No. 11 Louisville as huge underdogs, the Blue Devils did not fail to impress with sharp pitching and loud bats as Duke (20-20, 10-17 in the ACC) grabbed a 13-3 blowout win Friday night. In the Saturday doubleheader, the Blue Devils couldn’t close the deal on an upset series win, getting blown out 6-15 in the finale after dropping the first game of the day. The now .500 Blue Devils will look to get back in the win column this week against Wofford Tuesday and Virginia Tech over the weekend. -Micah Hurewitz


Sports that did not compete this week

Women’s golf is currently in the middle of regional play in Columbus, Ohio for a spot in the championship week of golf in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Men’s golf will begin its regionals May 17 in Noblesville, Ind., as the team attempts to secure a spot in the championships finals. 

Rowing has been on break since April 24 but will have the ACC Championship this Friday and Saturday. 

Men’s lacrosse snagged the No. 2 seed for the NCAA tournament and will play High Point this Sunday in Chapel Hill. 

Women’s lacrosse received the No. 7 seed in its NCAA tournament and will host Mount St. Mary’s in Koskinen Stadium this Friday. 

Track and field will compete in the ACC Outdoor Championships this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

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