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Duke women’s tennis adds pair for 2006-07

Posted Friday, December 16, 2005

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Durham, NC - As the Duke women’s tennis team gears up for a promising 2005-06 campaign, head coach Jamie Ashworth, entering his 10th year with the Blue Devils, announced the addition of two tennis players for the 2006-07 season. Elizabeth Plotkin of San Francisco, Calif., and Amanda Granson of Hilton Head, S.C., will join the Blue Devils next year.

One of the top junior tennis players in the country, Plotkin is fresh off winning the doubles title at the prestigious Orange Bowl with Jenni-Lee Heinser. The Plotkin-Heinser tandem have accumulated an impressive doubles resume, including quarterfinal appearances at the Canadian Open in August, Wimbledon in June and Belgian Astrid Bowl in May as well as a third-place finish at the USTA National Hard Courts in August. In singles, Plotkin, ranked No. 8 on’s 2005 College Recruiting List, capped off a successful 2005 slate with a quarterfinal appearance at the US Open in September. She advanced to the quarterfinals of the May Astrid Bowl in Belgium, the April Easter Bowl and the April USTA International Spring Championships.

“Liz will bring a wealth of both national and international experience to our program,” said Ashworth. “She has consistently been one of the top junior players not only in the United States but also in the world. Her determination to improve and to be the best tennis player she can be will fit perfectly into the Duke program.”

Granson follows in the footsteps of her sister, Katie Granson, who wore a Blue Devil uniform from 2000-03 and now coaches at Yale. Amanda Granson, ranked 22 by, won the doubles title with Austin Smith in February at the USTA Level 2 National Open in February. Granson made it to the singles semifinals at the National Open in July and partnered with Brintney Larson to advance to the doubles quarterfinals at the Spring National Championships in March.

“One of the main reasons we are excited about Amanda is her hunger to get better,” said Ashworth. “She is a perfect example of how hard work and purpose on the tennis court will help a player develop into a great competitor. I am expecting Amanda to be one of the special players we have had here at Duke.”

Plotkin and Granson will join a talented roster of Blue Devils with nine current members having eligibility to return in 2006-07. Next year’s team will feature seniors Daniela Bercek, Kristin Cargill, Parker Goyer, Tory Zawacki and Jennifer Zika, junior Clelia Deltour and sophomores Tara Iyer, Melissa Mang and Jessi Robinson in addition to Plotkin and Granson.

After a successful fall preseason, this year’s team kicks off the 2006 spring season at the Freeman Invitational in Las Vegas Jan 13-15.

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