DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke women’s tennis program battled through the heat today in Ambler Tennis Stadium to push past Clemson 5-2 Sunday afternoon. The Blue Devils improve to 13-3 and continue their perfect ACC record, 7-0. The Tigers dip to 8-10 overall and 3-6 in conference action.
“I knew today would be a good match,” said head coach Jamie Ashworth. “Clemson always competes really well. Once we lost the doubles point today, our girls knew they had to come out and play well in singles. In the long run, this match will benefit us a lot.”
Clemson captured the doubles point to take an early 1-0 lead in the match.
Court two featured a Blue Devil duo of Chalena Scholl and Alyssa Smith, who cruised to a 6-0 victory over Sydney Riley and Constanza Gorches. The duo improved to 12-5 overall and a perfect 5-0 in conference action.
Court one had Clemson collect a 6-3 win by No. 50 Ayan Broomfield and Marie-Alexandre Leduc against No. 26 Meible Chi and Kaitlyn McCarthy. Duke took the 3-2 lead before the Tigers won the final four games to secure the victory.
The Blue Devils bounced back to tie the match 1-1 with No. 76 McCarthy defeating Fernanda Navarro on court four in singles. McCarthy led 4-1 in the first set before Navarro attempted a 4-2 comeback. McCarthy closed the first set 6-2 and rallied off five straight points to claim the point (6-2, 6-1) after the second set was tied 1-1. McCarthy bumps her record to 18-5 and remains unbeaten in ACC action 7-0.
Duke took the 2-1 lead after Harris topped Leduc 6-2, 6-3 on court one. Harris cruised to a 4-0 lead in the first set before Leduc bounced back 4-2. Harris secured the first set with the final two points. The second set featured a 2-2 tie before Harris took control to win 6-3. Harris improves to 11-8 overall and 5-2 against league foes.
Scholl extended the Blue Devil lead to 3-1 with a victory on court three against Riley 7-6, 6-4. Scholl led 3-2 before Riley came back 5-3 in the first set. A 6-6 tie brought on a tiebreak in the first set, having Scholl cruise 7-2, ultimately taking the first set 7-6. Scholl rallied from a 3-3 tie in the second set to take the set 6-4. Scholl is now 22-5 overall and 7-0 in ACC competition.
Hamlin suffered her first loss this spring to Ruiz 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 on court six. Ruiz dominated in the first set and Hamlin fought back to take the second set after trailing 1-4. Ruiz took over in the third set to take the court and bring the score to 3-2 in favor of Duke. Hamlin drops to 8-4 overall and 5-1 in conference play.
It was Chi who clinched the match for the Blue Devils in a thrilling 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3) match on court two. Chi upended No. 83 Broomfield to bring Duke up, 4-2. The Weston, Fla., native was up 5-2 in the third set before Broomfield bounced back to tie it up 5-5 and eventually 6-6. Chi remained calm in the third set tiebreaker and upended the ranked Tiger. Chi is now 27-9 overall and 5-1 against league foes.
“I think I played pretty well today,” said Chi. “For me individually, I just hung in there. I got the first set pretty well and it was just tough. I was really happy with today because I was able to mentally stay in the game, which is something I’ve really been working on.”
Smith added the final point to the Duke score with a win on court five, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9-7). Smith remained strong as she battled back from a first set setback and claimed the second set. In a back-and-forth third set tiebreaker that saw six tied scores, Smith ultimately pulled out the victory. Smith ups her overall mark to 14-13 and is now 6-1 in league matches.
The Blue Devils return to action Friday, April 7 at Notre Dame and Sunday against Boston College.
#17 Duke 5, #46 Clemson 2 Durham, N.C. (Ambler Tennis Stadium)
- #49 Samantha Harris (DU) def. Marie Leduc (CU) 6-2, 6-3
- #25 Meible Chi (DU) def. #83 Ayan Broomfield (CU) 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3)
- #52 Chalena Scholl (DU) def. Sydney Riley (CU) 7-6, 6-4
- #76 Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def. Fernanda Navarro (CU) 6-2, 6-1
- Alyssa Smith (DU) def. Constanza Gorches (CU) 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9-7)
- Daniela Ruiz (CU) def. Ellyse Hamlin (DU) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
- #50 Ayan Broomfield/Marie Leduc (CU) def. #26 Meible Chi/Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) 6-3
- Chalena Scholl/Alyssa Smith (DU) def. Sydney Riley/Constanza Gorches (CU) 6-0
- Fernanda Navarro/Daniela Ruiz (CU) def. Ellyse Hamlin/Samantha Harris (DU) 6-2
Clemson 8-10, 3-6 ACC; National ranking #46
Duke 13-3, 7-0 ACC; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,1,3,6,2,5)
Official: Joseph Buys T-4;24 A-167