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Five Blue Devils Represented in ITA Preseason Poll
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 09/11/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its 2018 Division I Preseason Rankings Tuesday, with Duke posting four singles players, two doubles tandems and one freshman on the national lists.

The Blue Devils took the top spot in doubles with the senior duo of Kaitlyn McCarthy and Ellyse Hamlin while freshman Maria Mateas notched number one on the women’s newcomer list.

McCarthy and Hamlin finished the 2017-18 season with a 33-9 record and both were named All-America for the first time in their careers. The two won Duke’s third doubles Collegiate Grand Slam title when they captured the Riviera/ITA All-American championships in the fall of 2017 and are just the fourth Blue Devil duo to reach the NCAA semifinals. The then junior partners went 10-2 in the postseason, which included the ACC Tournament, the NCAA Team Tournament and NCAA Doubles Championship and went 13-6 against ranked duos.

Mateas recently captured a crown on the professional circuit in the singles main draw at the Fort Worth Tennis Classic on the campus of Texas Christian University and comes to Duke with a career-high singles ranking of 284 by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

Joining McCarthy and Hamlin on the doubles poll are sophomore Kelly Chen and Mateas in the 35th spot.

Chen, ranked 12th, headlines the quartet of Duke single players in the ITA poll. The product of Cerritos, Calif., was named an ITA All-America selection as a freshman, became the 12th Blue Devil to be named ACC Freshman of the Year following a perfect 14-0 showing in league competition and played to a 40-8 overall ledger. She became the first Blue Devil to reach the round of 16 in the NCAA singles tournament since 2014.

Joining Chen on the poll is junior Meible Chi (No. 31), Hamlin (No. 57) and McCarthy (No. 84).

Duke will open the 2018 fall slate September 21-23 at the Furman Invitational in Greenville, S.C.