DURHAM, N.C. – The third-ranked Duke women’s tennis team will take a short break from ACC competition Saturday, March 9 as it takes on 22nd-ranked Michigan at the USTA National Campus Collegiate Series in Orlando, Fla.
Saturday marks the second-straight year the Blue Devils will face the Wolverines as Duke leads the all-time series 9-3. In their last meeting, ninth-ranked Duke captured a 4-2 victory in Ann Arbor over 10th-ranked Michigan.
Duke suffered its first conference loss of the season Wednesday to top-ranked North Carolina, 4-1, in Chapel Hill. Senior Ellyse Hamlin tallied the lone singles victory with a 6-0, 6-1 win on court six over Alle Sanford and is now 10-1 this season.
The Blue Devils are facing their eighth straight ranked opponent Saturday as the Wolverines check in at No. 22 in the country. Duke’s previous six foes include No. 16 Ohio State, No. 7 Pepperdine, No. 3 North Carolina, No. 12 Florida State, No. 18 Miami, No. 35 Georgia Tech and No. 1 North Carolina.
The Blue Devils landed at No. 3 in the most recent ITA team rankings and feature several on the singles and doubles list. Freshman Maria Mateas checks in at No. 18 followed by junior Meible Chi (No. 19) and sophomore Kelly Chen (No. 23).
Chen is 8-2 this season, followed by Chi (7-2) and Mateas (4-5).
McCarthy and Hamlin earned the No. 24 spot on the dubs list with a 9-3 record this season. McCarthy earned another place on the doubles list with Chi as they are No. 34, followed by Mateas and Margaryta Bilokin at No. 80.
Michigan is coming off a 7-0 victory over Baylor and is 5-2 as a team this season.
The Wolverines feature four players on the ITA singles rankings list in Kate Fahey (No. 4), Chiara Lommer (No. 21), Brienne Minor (No. 29) and Giulia Pairone (No. 89).
Fahey heads into the match with a 4-1 singles record this spring and 21-5 for the season as she swept the titles at the ITA Midwest Regional Championship and finished as the singles runner-up at the ITA Fall National Championships.
In addition to Fahey, Minor (5-1), Pairone (5-1), Alyvia Jones (4-1) and Lommer (3-2) round out Michigan’s top singles players.
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