MALIBU, CALIF. - Although Samantha Harris and Kaitlyn McCarthy were each knocked out of the Oracle ITA Masters singles draw, the Duke women’s tennis team still has a chance to bring home silverware as Harris won two mixed doubles matches to reach Saturday’s final.
Harris earned Duke’s lone singles win on Friday. The Blue Devil senior knocked off the International Tennis Association’s (ITA) 33rd-ranked player as she dropped Ohio State’s Anna Sanford 6-4, 7-5. That victory was Duke’s third singles win over a ranked opponent this fall and the first for Harris. However, Harris’ run came to an end in the quarterfinals as she fell to North Carolina’s Alexandra Sanford 6-3, 6-3. McCarthy battled with St. John’s 25th-ranked Jessica Livianu in her Round of 32 singles match and finished on the losing end 6-1, 7-5.
Both Harris and McCarthy earned wins in their first doubles matches of the day. Harris teamed with Johannes Schretter of Baylor to beat Anna Sanford of Ohio State and Matic Spec of Minnesota 7-6. McCarthy has worked with Tanner Smith of USC during the tournament and the pair dropped Alexandra Sanford of UNC and Billy Griffith of California 6-4 to join Harris and Schretter in the semifinals. Harris and Schretter moved onto the final with a 6-4 win over Kristina Mathis of Dartmouth and Victor Pham of Columbia, but McCarthy and Smith were stopped by Ena Shibahara of UCLA and Brandon Holt of USC 6-4.
Harris will play in the mixed doubles final at 9 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday night.
Alexandra Sanford (UNC) def. #54 Samantha Harris (Duke) 6-3, 6-3
Mixed Doubles Results
Round of 32 Samantha Harris/Johannes Schretter (Duke/Baylor) def. Anna Grigoryan/Matt Kuhar (LIU Brooklyn/Bryant) 6-3
Kaitlyn McCarthy/Tanner Smith (Duke/USC) def. Claudia Herrero Garcia/Alexandr Cozbinov (Nevada Reno/UNLV) 6-2
Round of 16
Samantha Harris/Johannes Schretter (Duke/Baylor) def. Anna Sanford/Matic Spec (Ohio State/Minnesota) 7-6
Kaitlyn McCarthy/Tanner Smith (Duke/USC) def. Lauren Proctor/Jack Malloy (Winthrop/California) 6-3
Samantha Harris/Johannes Schretter (Duke/Baylor) def. Mayar Ahmed/Dennis Uspensky (Pepperdine/Pepperdine) 6-2
Kaitlyn McCarthy/Tanner Smith (Duke/USC) def. Alexandra Sanford/Billy Griffith (UNC/California) 6-4