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No. 3 Duke Cruises Past Georgia Tech, 6-1
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/01/2019
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DURHAM, N.C. – The third-ranked Duke women’s tennis team defeated Georgia Tech, 6-1, Friday evening in Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center. The Blue Devils are now 10-1 overall and 3-0 in ACC play as the Yellow Jackets fall to 4-5 on the year and 1-1 in conference action.

“I thought our doubles was a bit of a struggle and it has been the past couple of matches,” head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “We tried some different combinations again today. I thought we really competed well in singles. Georgia Tech the last couple of years has given us a lot of trouble. It was good to be able to get on top. After doubles, we said let’s try and use that momentum the best we can and I thought we did that. Ellyse [Hamlin] had a great day all day today and that was huge. Meible [Chi] continues to play great tennis for us as well.”

After dropping the doubles point in both matches over the weekend in Florida, the Blue Devils rallied to secure the point over the Yellow Jackets. Ranked No. 18 in the country, senior tandem of Ellyse Hamlin and Kaitlyn McCarthy were quick off the court for Duke on court one by defeating Valeriya Deminova and Victoria Flores, 6-0, before Georgia Tech bounced back with a 6-3 win over Maria Mateas and Kelly Chen on court three.

It all came down to Margaryta Bilokin and Meible Chi on court two. It was a back-and-forth battle into the tiebreak before Bilokin and Chi secured the point with an 8-6 (6) score.

Hamlin, ranked No. 124 in the latest ITA rankings, made quick work on court six as she defeated Nadia Gizdova (6-0, 6-1) to extend Duke’s lead to 2-0 minutes before 18th-ranked Chi picked up a win on court three over Deminova (6-1, 6-0). Hamlin improves her team-best record to 9-1 as Chi is 7-1 on a three-match win streak.

McCarthy, No. 108, was next off the court for the Blue Devils with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Gia Cohen. Chen, tabbed No. 26 by the ITA, bounced back in singles action on court two by handing Nami Otsuka a 6-4, 6-3 loss. McCarthy improves to 4-2 in dual matches while Chen boasts an 8-2 ledger and a three-match win streak.

The outcome of the last two singles matches were determined by super tiebreaks on court one and four.

Mateas, ranked No. 22, fell to No. 24 Jones on Duke’s top court (6-1, 4-6, 0-1 [5]). The Cary, N.C., native cruised to a first-set victory before falling in the second set. Mateas held a slight 5-4 advantage in the super tiebreak before Jones won the final six points to secure the Yellow Jackets lone victory. Mateas drops to 4-5 in dual matches.

Bilokin won the first four games to get off to an early 6-2 first-set lead before falling 4-6 in the second. In a back-and-forth super tiebreak battle, the New Canaan, Conn., native ultimately pulled off the 10-8 win to take the match on Duke’s fourth court. Bilokin elevates to 8-2 this season and holds a three-match win streak.

“The match against North Carolina last time was tough for us because we felt we left a lot of points and games on the court,” Ashworth said. “We’ll be ready to compete and understand we are chasing something … we aren’t defending something.”

The Blue Devils faced the Tar Heels in the semifinals of the ITA Indoor National Championships in February and will travel down Tobacco Road to battle in a regular-season match Wednesday, March 6 at 3 p.m.

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Tennis Match Results
Georgia Tech vs Duke
Mar 01, 2019 at Durham, N.C.
(Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)
#3 Duke 6, #35 Georgia Tech 1

Singles competition
1. #24 Kenya Jones (GT) def. #22 Maria Mateas (DU) 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5)
2. #26 Kelly Chen (DU) def. Nami Otsuka (GT) 6-4, 6-3
3. #18 Meible Chi (DU) def. Valeriya Deminova (GT) 6-1, 6-0
4. Margaryta Bilokin (DU) def. Victoria Flores (GT) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8)
5. #108 Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def. Gia Cohen (GT) 6-4, 6-2
6. #124 Ellyse Hamlin (DU) def. Nadia Gizdova (GT) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. #18 Ellyse Hamlin/Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def. Valeriya Deminova/Victoria Flores (GT) 6-0
2. Margaryta Bilokin/Meible Chi (DU) def. Nami Otsuka/Gia Cohen (GT) 7-6 (8-6)
3. Nadia Gizdova/Kenya Jones (GT) def. Maria Mateas/Kelly Chen (DU) 6-3

Match Notes:
Georgia Tech 4-5; National ranking #35
Duke 10-1; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,3,5,2,1,4) 

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