RALEIGH, N.C. - The Duke women’s tennis program kicked off ACC competition Wednesday against NC State in Raleigh, N.C., and came away with the 5-2 win. The Blue Devils are now 5-3 overall and 1-0 in ACC play.
“We played a great match tonight,” said head coach Jamie Ashworth. “They played much better than us in doubles because they had a great energy level. I thought we came out really flat in doubles, which is something we haven’t done the last couple times we’ve played. After the doubles, that was the only thing we talked about. We knew we had to come out with good energy in singles and be more into the match. Singles was great. That was a huge win for Samantha [Harris]. She struggled the last couple matches. I don’t believe her opponent has lost a match on court one and she’s a top-30 player in the country. You could see when Samantha won that match that it trickled throughout the other courts. Mentally, we were the better team. That’s what made a difference.”
NC State captured the first two doubles decisions to take an early 1-0 lead in the match. On court three, Tayla Stenta and Amanda Rebol topped Harris and Rebecca Smaller 6-1. After a 1-1 tie, the Wolfpack duo took control to finish out the match. Harris and Smaller dip to 2-5, all in dual matches.
Court one had NC State finish the point with a 6-3 win by No. 22 Martina Frantova and Anna Rogers against No. 29 Meible Chi and Kaitlyn McCarthy. Duke took an early 1-0 lead before it was tied 3-3. The Wolfpack won the final three games to secure the victory.
The Blue Devils bounced back to tie the match 1-1 with No. 20 Chi defeating Claudia Wiktorin 6-2, 6-0 on court two. Chi took an early 1-0 lead before Wiktorin tied it up 1-1. Chi rallied off five straight wins to take the first set. Chi continued to dominate and captured the final six games. Chi is now 21-8 overall.
Duke took the lead 2-1 after Harris topped No. 30 Frantova 6-4, 7-6 (2) on court one. Harris secured set one 6-4 before a battle for the second set took place. The set was tied six times to enter a tiebreaker, where Harris took control after a 2-2 tie and won five straight points to earn the victory.
No. 103 McCarthy extended the Blue Devils’ lead to 3-1 after taking Adriana Reami 7-5, 7-5 on court four. McCarthy took an early 2-0 lead in the first set before Reami tied it up 2-2. McCarthy continued to push through several ties to take the first set 7-5. McCarthy closed out the match 7-5 to secure the victory.
NC State rallied to secure court six with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory by Rebon against Smaller to bring the score 3-2 in favor of the Blue Devils.
It was a court three victory for No. 38 Scholl against Rogers that clinched the match for the Blue Devils as Scholl won 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5).
The Blue Devils notched their final point on court five with Smith defeating Bianca Moldovan 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
“Any time we can lose a doubles point and be mentally good in singles matches will help,” Ashworth said. “The conference is so good and tough, but just to know we can win matches like this one is a great thing.”
Duke will be back in action Saturday to take on No. 15 TCU at 6:30 p.m.
No. 17 Duke 5, No. 16 NC State 2 February 22, 2017 at Raleigh, N.C.
- #22 Martina Frantova/Anna Rogers (NCSU) def. #29 Meible Chi/Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) 6-3
- Bianca Moldovan/Claudia Wiktorin (NCSU) vs. Alyssa Smith/Chalena Scholl (DU) 4-5 unfinished
- Tayla Stenta/Amanda Rebol (NCSU) def. Samantha Harris/Rebecca Smaller (DU) 6-1
- Samantha Harris (DU) def. #30 Martina Frantova (NCSU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
- #20 Meible Chi (DU) def. Claudia Wiktorin (NCSU) 6-2, 6-0
- #38 Chalena Scholl (DU) def. Anna Rogers (NCSU) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
- #103 Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def. Adriana Reami (NCSU) 7-5, 7-5
- Alyssa Smith (DU) def. Bianca Moldovan (NCSU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
- Amanda Rebol (NCSU) def. Rebecca Smaller (DU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
Duke 5-3; National ranking #17 NC State 8-3; National ranking #16 Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2, 1, 4, 6, 3, 5) T-3:05 A-103