GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Duke women’s tennis team concluded its 2018 opening weekend Sunday afternoon at the Debbie Southern Furman Fall Classic in Greenville, S.C. Today’s action was highlighted by sophomore Ema Lazic as she captured the flight 7 consolation championship match.
“I thought for our first matches, it was a good weekend,” head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “We learned a lot about what we need to work on … for Kaitlyn, we will work on those things this week and in the next two weeks for Ema. I was pleasantly surprised with how they played doubles the first day. They had a really good win against Texas and then South Carolina. The third match was a bit disappointing and they know if they were to play together again, they would have to come out with a little more energy and a sense of urgency.”
Lazic dominated Wake Forest’s Lexi Franco (6-2, 6-4) Sunday to take the Flight 7 consolation title.
“The two matches Ema won were the best I’ve seen her play at Duke,” Ashworth said. “That’s a positive sign for her and for our team moving forward. She didn’t play a lot of matches last spring and she definitely competed better than she has in a long time.”
Senior Kaitlyn McCarthy fell in the finals of the second flight to Paige Cline of South Carolina (7-5, 6-4).
“Kaitlyn plays again in six days and needs to have four or five really good days of practice,” Ashworth said. “In the long term, it will pay off to have these matches under our belt.”
Members of the women’s tennis team will travel to the ITA All-American Sept. 29 – Oct. 7 in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Quarterfinals Flight 2
#84 Kaitlyn McCarthy (Duke) def. #95 Bojana Markovic (Texas) 6-4, 6-2
Quarterfinals Flight 7
Danielle Wolf (Ohio State) def. Ema Lazic (Duke) 6-2, 6-4
Semifinals Flight 2
#84 Kaitlyn McCarthy (Duke) def. Magda Andaloglou (Mississippi State) 6-2, 6-4
Consolation Semifinals Flight 7
Ema Lazic (Duke) def. Mary Caroline Meredith (Wake Forest) 6-1, 6-3
Finals Flight 2
Paige Cline (South Carolina) def. #84 Kaitlyn McCarthy (Duke) 7-5, 6-4
Consolation Finals Flight
Ema Lazic (Duke) def. Lexi Franco (Wake Forest) 6-2, 6-4