CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The Duke women’s tennis team continued its winning ways in Chapel Hill, N.C., Friday during day two of the ITA Regional Championships Presented by Oracle, as five singles players reached the round of 16 and three doubles pairs advanced to the quarterfinal round of the tournament. The third day of play begins Saturday at 9 a.m. with singles action.
The Blue Devils kick-started day two by posting a 5-2 singles record in the singles main draw, with senior Chalena Scholl, junior Samantha Harris, sophomores Ellyse Hamlin and Kaitlyn McCarthy and freshman Meible Chi each posting a victory. Scholl defeated NC State’s Adriana Reami in three sets, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, while Harris took her contest against Chandler Carter of Wake Forest in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2. Hamlin, McCarthy and Chi each won in straight sets as well, with Hamlin taking down Alice Taylor of UNC-Greensboro, 7-5, 6-2, McCarthy dropping Winthrop’s Alisa Solveva, 6-1, 7-5, and Chi moving past Presbyterian’s Celine Schepers, 6-0, 6-1.
Redshirt sophomore Christina Makarova fell in her first singles match of the tournament, suffering a 6-1, 6-0 setback to Charlotte’s Tai Martin, while senior Alyssa Smith also dropped to the consolation bracket of singles after conceding a 6-2, 6-4 result to Makenna Jones of North Carolina. In the consolation bracket, Makarova fell to Wake Forest’s Claudia Wiktorin, 6-1, 6-1. Smith was unable to earn the victory in her match against East Carolina’s Celia Ruiz, as Ruiz claimed the match, 6-2, 6-0.
Duke’s singles action Saturday begins at 10:15 a.m., as Chi kicks off play with a match against NC State’s Moldovan. Hamlin’s singles contest versus Wake Forest’s Sam Asch also begins at 10:15 a.m. Scholl’s match against North Carolina’s Rachel James Baker is set for a 10:30 a.m. start, as is Harris’ competition with Fernanda Navarro of Clemson. McCarthy will serve as Duke’s final singles player to take the court Saturday, with her contest versus Furman’s Kozarov set for 11:30 a.m.
Members of the squad returned to the courts for doubles play, with three of the four Blue Devil pairs advancing.
Hamlin and Harris remained perfect as a doubles team this fall, posting an 8-4 win against Furman’s tandem of Katarina Kozarov and Katty Weymouth during their round of 16 match. Hamlin and Harris are slated to face Anna Rogers and Amanda Rebol of NC State in the quarterfinal round, with the contest beginning at 9 a.m.
The pairing of Scholl and McCarthy also posted a win Friday, earning a near-flawless 8-1 victory against Erica Braschi and Kirsten Ward of Elon. Scholl and McCarthy are set to open quarterfinal round action at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The team of Chi and Smith rounded out Duke’s victorious doubles pairs with an 8-3 win over South Carolina’s Silvia Chinellato and Ingrid Martins. Chi and Smith head into their Saturday matchup against Martina Frantova and Tayla Stenta of NC State with a perfect record of 2-0.
After posting a 2-0 mark yesterday, the tandem of Makarova and junior Rebecca Smaller lost its first match of the tournament after the NC State pair of Bianca Moldovan and Wiktorin picked up the 8-2 victory. Makarova and Smaller’s record as a doubles team moved to 3-3 with the result.
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