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Courtesy: Duke Athletics
Hamlin and McCarthy Take Doubles Summer Championship
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 08/15/2017
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FORT WORTH, TEXAS – With five victories in just four days, juniors Ellyse Hamlin and Kaitlyn McCarthy combined to win the doubles title at the ITA Summer Nationals on Tuesday afternoon at TCU.

Throughout the pair’s two years at Duke, they had yet to play an official doubles match together.

“It was great getting to play together,” said Hamlin. “We are the only juniors on the team and playing together meant a lot to us.”

Hamlin and McCarthy were seeded fifth in the 64-team draw and received a bye to the round of 32. There they dropped Jeanette Mireles and Drew Morris to the tune of 8-4 to move on. In the round of 16, Hamlin and McCarthy matched up against 12th-seeded Alexis Pereira and Aleksandra Zenovka, both of whom play at TCU, advancing with an 8-3 win.

“We started off a little shaky in our first match of the tournament,” Hamlin said. “But as we got more comfortable working together, we started to play some really solid doubles.”

Up next for Hamlin and McCarthy was the Kansas team composed of Janet Koch and Anastasia Rychagova, the fourth seed in the tournament. An 8-4 win sent Hamlin and McCarthy to the semifinals.

There the Duke pair came up against conference rivals as they met NC State’s duo of Adriana Reami and Amanda Rebol who were seeded 17th in the tournament. Hamlin and McCarthy were able to dispatch the NC State tandem 8-4 to move onto the finals.

Waiting in the championship match was the second-seeded team of Zoe Douglas and Elise Van Heuvelen, who play at the University of Iowa. Douglas and Van Heuvelen had advanced to the finals with a win on Monday afternoon while Hamlin and McCarthy closed out their semifinal on Tuesday morning. Even without the added rest, Duke’s duo came away with an 8-2 victory to claim the title.

“We had great energy throughout the tournament and did a good job of keeping each other pumped up during our matches,” said McCarthy.

With the victory, Hamlin and McCarthy will receive a wildcard entry to the ITA All-American Doubles Main Draw which will take place from September 30th to October 8th in Pacific Palisades, California.

“We are excited to go to California!” added Hamlin.