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Duke women

The North Carolina and Duke women’s tennis teams kept their first-round NCAA Tournament winning streaks alive Friday in dominating fashion.
No. 7 UNC advanced to the second round for the 12th year in a row with a 4-0 win over Richmond, while No. 3 Duke beat Winthrop 4-0 and improved to 17-0 in first-round matches since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1996.
The Tar Heels (23-6) lost just nine games in its six singles matches before play was stopped despite the absence of Lauren McHale, who entered the postseason ranked 34th.
McHale, a junior, won her doubles match 8-0 with Shinannn Featherston at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center but sat out the singles portion with a sore foot that she originally injured about a month ago.
“It’s one of those things that she just needs some recuperation time,” UNC coach Brian Kalbas said. “It’s not going to go away until the end of the season, but she’ll be OK. She’ll be ready to play tomorrow.”
McHale wasn’t needed against Richmond (14-5). Senior Haley Hemm was inserted into the lineup in the No. 6 spot and won her first NCAA Tournament match 6-0, 6-0 to give UNC its first singles point.
“I’m very excited; four years of hard work paying off,” Hemm said. “It’s the best thing you can do for your team is put a point on the board, because then it takes pressure off everyone else.”
Tessa Lyons won at fifth singles 6-0, 6-1, and freshman Caroline Price ended the match with a 6-0, 6-0 win in the third singles flight.
UNC will host No. 28 Arizona (16-8) today at 3 p.m. in the second round.
The Blue Devils (26-2) won their 15th straight match and improved to 13-0 at Ambler Tennis Stadium with its school record-tying 16th shutout. They will face No. 30 South Carolina (18-6) in the second round today at 3 p.m.
“To get a win, quick, and get off the courts in two-and-a-half hours is a good thing for us as we head into our match tomorrow,” Coach Jamie Ashworth said.
After winning the doubles point, No. 97 Monica Turewicz won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5 singles, and No. 59 Hanna Mar followed that with a 6-1, 6-3 win at the No. 2 spot.
No. 85 Rachel Kahan won the final point, winning her third singles match 6-4, 6-1.
“We were just trying to be aggressive — that’s our main game plan,” Kahan said. “I think we did a pretty good job with our energy, but we can do better with that.”

Dating deal

A daily dating deal? Say hello to Coffee Meets Bagel.

Tired of the pithy online dating profiles, messaging systems, quick match games, “algorithmic matching,” and rating random people you’ve never met in real life? Take a big sip of Coffee Meets Bagel, the newest refreshing online dating play, which launched this week in New York City.

Arum Kang, the female founder and Harvard Business School graduate wanted to make online dating easier, less random and more private. She was inspired by daily deals sites and her sister Soo’s frustrations with dating in New York. Rather than having to search a database of daters, she wanted to deliver a date per day, at noon on the spot, to your email inbox. By linking through Facebook authentication, CMB is able to set the user up with a friend of a friend, instead of just some random stranger, hopefully vetting for quality.

Once you receive the noon e-mail, you can see the your match’s uploaded photos (1-3), some basic information (astrological sign, age, employment, likes, dislikes), and then –again, back to this dead simple concept — either Like or Pass on the match. If you Like the match, CMB sets the two of you up with a private phone line for 7 days on which to text and decide where and when they’ll meet. If you pass, a box shows up asking for feedback on why (looks, profession, etc) and by giving feedback to the other dater, the user may receive a CMB “bean.”

Beyond the simple matching system, CMB adds an aspect of an online shopping and gamification to their dating play. A user accumulates coffee beans, which can then be redeemed for drinks, events, products, and more. If a member refers new members, they’ll accumulate more beans to redeem.

Robert, a recent CMB convert in NYC says, “Since matches are emailed daily and those mutually interested are connected instantly by SMS, users have a high sense of momentum in meeting their match…the ease of CMB makes it a no brainer for any singleton in the city.”

If you’d like Coffee Meets Bagel to launch in your city, simply sign up on the site and get 1,000 of your friends to as well. The company plans on launching in 4 more US cities before the end of 2012.