DURHAM, N.C. – For the second-straight contest, the third-ranked Duke women’s tennis team blanked its opponent as the squad took down Pittsburgh, 7-0, Sunday afternoon for their first outdoor home match in Ambler Tennis Stadium. The Blue Devils are now 13-2 overall and 5-1 in ACC play as the Panthers drop to 4-10 overall and 0-7 in league action.
“Today was a good, efficient match for us,” head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “One of the things I’m proud of it was the first time in a long time where we had a contribution from everyone on our team. Ema [Lazic] got the opportunity today and took advantage of it and Hannah [Zhao] as well. In some form, everyone contributed. It was a full team effort.”
The Blue Devils collected the doubles point quickly with wins on courts one and three. Kelly Chen and Ellyse Hamlin defeated Claudia Bartolome and Gabriela Rezender in straight games (6-0) before Kaitlyn McCarthy and Ema Lazic took down Luisa Varon and Camila Moreno (6-0). Chen and Hamlin are now 3-0 overall and McCarthy and Lazic earn their first victory playing together.
McCarthy continued her quick play into singles as she defeated Rezenda in straight sets (6-0, 6-0) on court four before Hamlin captured her team-leading 13th win of the spring on court three. Hamlin defeated Moreno (6-3, 6-0) and is now 13-1 overall.
No. 22 Chen was next off the court for Duke with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over No. 104 Bartolome on court two. The wins on courts five and one were seconds apart as Margaryta Bilokin and Maria Mateas picked up two additional victories. Bilokin, on court five, defeated Mariona Perez Noguera (6-1, 6-2) just before No. 18 Mateas took down Varon on Duke’s top court (6-1, 6-0). Chen is now 12-2 while Bilokin elevates to 12-3 followed by Mateas (6-6).
Duke tallied its final point of the match on court six as Hannah Zhao defeated Natsumi Okamoto (6-2, 6-4), marking Zhao’s fourth win this season.
“I want us to take a lot of confidence from this weekend,” Ashworth commented. “We’re hoping to keep building and keep getting better as we get toward April and May.”
Duke will return to competition Friday, March 22 for a 4 p.m., first serve against Louisville in Louisville, Ky., before returning to Durham to host Virginia Sunday at noon.
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Tennis Match Results
Pitt vs Duke
Mar 17, 2019 at Durham, N.C.
(Ambler Tennis Center)
#3 Duke 7, Pitt 0
1. #18 Maria Mateas (DU) def. Luisa Varon (UP) 6-1, 6-0
2. #22 Kelly Chen (DU) def. #104 Claudia Bartolome (UP) 6-1, 6-2
3. Ellyse Hamlin (DU) def. Camila Moreno (UP) 6-3, 6-0
4. Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def. Gabriela Rezende (UP) 6-0, 6-0
5. Margaryta Bilokin (DU) def. M. Perez Noguera (UP) 6-1, 6-2
6. Hannah Zhao (DU) def. Natsumi Okamoto (UP) 6-2, 6-4
1. Kelly Chen/Ellyse Hamlin (DU) def. Claudia Bartolome/Gabriela Rezende (UP) 6-0
2. #80 Margaryta Bilokin/Maria Mateas (DU) vs. Clara Lucas/Natsumi Okamoto (UP) 4-4, unfinished
3. Kaitlyn McCarthy/Ema Lazic (DU) def. Luisa Varon/Camila Moreno (UP) 6-0
Pitt 4-10, 0-7
Duke 13-2, 5-1; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,3,2,5,1,6)