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Duke Shifts Attention to NCAA Team Championships
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/01/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – With the conclusion of ACC Tournament play, the third-ranked Duke women’s tennis team is looking ahead to the NCAA Tennis Team Championship. Duke learns its regional site and matchup Tuesday as part of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Selection Show. The show is set to stream at 5:00 p.m., on NCAA.com

Duke has qualified for the NCAA Championships 28 straight times, dating back to the 1990 campaign. The Blue Devils have compiled an overall record of 62-28 in 29 total appearances in the national tournament. Duke’s success as a team in the NCAA tournament is demonstrated by the 19 quarterfinal round appearances by the Blue Devils. In 2009, Duke earned its first NCAA title in women’s tennis, defeating California in the championship match, 4-0.

Duke has seen significant success at the NCAA Team Championships while competing under head coach Jamie Ashworth. The Blue Devils have been selected to participate in the event each of Ashworth’s previous 20 seasons at Duke, with his team reaching the semifinals five times and the championship match twice.

The Blue Devils, fresh off an ACC regular season championship and an appearance in the ACC tournament final, have amassed an overall record of 22-3 this season. Duke’s 13-1 ACC mark is the fifth straight season the Blue Devils surpassed double-digit wins when facing conference opponents. Duke has remained in the top 10 of the national rankings throughout the entire season and have been in the top four since Feb. 18.

The Duke lineup has stayed consistent throughout the season, with the six of Samantha Harris, Kaitlyn McCarthy, Ellyse Hamlin, Meible Chi, Kelly Chen and Hannah Zhao playing all, but one singles match. Harris has covered court one in singles during every match and has a 29-10 record this season. The senior from Melbourne, Australia won at least 10 ACC matches for the third time in her career and her 40 conference wins are the most by a Duke player. Harris has been ranked inside the top 10 of the Oracle/ITA singles rankings since Jan. 17 and reached a career-high ranking of No. 4.

Chen made history when she became the first Duke rookie to go 14-0 in the ACC and just the second Blue Devil regardless of class. Chen leads Duke with a 34-7 record and has been named ACC Rookie of the Week on six occasions.

In doubles, McCarthy and Hamlin have solidified their hold on court one and have won four straight matches, the last three against ranked opponents. The pair’s 26 doubles wins are ninth all-time by a Blue Devil tandem. Harris and Chen have won five straight doubles matches, all on court two and have 24 wins of their own this season.

NCAA play begins May 11 with the first and second rounds at 16 regional sites. The NCAA Championship finals will be held in Winston-Salem, N.C., May 17-28.

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