DURHAM, N.C. – The third-ranked Duke women’s tennis team defeated 22nd-ranked Virginia, 6-1, Sunday afternoon inside Ambler Tennis Stadium in Durham, N.C. With the victory, the Blue Devils are now 15-2 overall and 7-1 in ACC play while the Cavaliers fall to 12-5 and 5-4 in conference action.
“We need to be a better closing team,” head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “We did a really good job of putting ourselves in position with really good first sets, but mid-way through today, I thought we took our foot off the gas a bit. We have to close as good as we start. We want to be a great finishing team.
For the fourth-straight match and 13th time this season, the Blue Devils secured the doubles point. Virginia was the first to strike with a 6-3 win as No. 70 Chloe Gullickson and Amber O’Dell defeated No. 69 Kelly Chen and Ellyse Hamlin on court one. The Blue Devils bounced back on courts two and three as No. 36 Meible Chi and Kaitlyn McCarthy defeated Vivian Glozman and Sofia Munera (6-4) on court two before Maria Mateas and Margaryta Bilokin took court three (7-5) over Hunter Bleser and Meghan Kelley.
Mateas, ranked No. 15, wasted no time in singles, defeating Glozman (6-2, 6-1) on Duke’s second court. Soon after No. 22 Chen took down No. 39 Kelley (6-2, 7-5) on court one, Chen’s 11th victory over a ranked opponent. Mateas elevates to 8-6 on the year and Chen is 13-2 this spring.
“Maria is playing her game a lot better,” Ashworth said. “She has a lot of power and I don’t think she was using that early in the season. She’s been more aggressive with opportunities.”
The Cavaliers responded with a court six win as Camille Favero defeated Bilokin (7-5, 6-3), snapping Bilokin’s four-match win streak.
The Blue Devils were able to secure the final three courts to win their fifth-consecutive match and remain unbeaten at home.
On court five, McCarthy defeated Munera (6-1, 7-5) before Hamlin took down No. 108 Gullickson (6-1, 4-6, 6-1). Hamlin’s three set victory marks the first three set game since February 22 at Florida State. McCarthy is now 7-4 and Hamlin continues to lead the team with a 14-1 ledger.
Last off the court for Duke was No. 14 Chi on court three. Chi battled and defeated No. 69 O’Dell (6-4, 4-6, 6-1) in a dominant third set. Chi owns an 11-2 record and is 4-2 against a ranked foe.
The Blue Devils will hit the road for the next three matches starting with Virginia Tech Friday, March 29 at 3 p.m., in Blacksburg, Va.
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Tennis Match Results
Virginia vs Duke
Mar 24, 2019 at Durham, N.C.
(Ambler Tennis Stadium)
#3 Duke 6, #22 Virginia 1
1. #22 Kelly Chen (DU) def. #39 Meghan Kelley (VA) 6-2, 7-5
2. #15 Maria Mateas (DU) def. Vivian Glozman (VA) 6-2, 6-1
3. #14 Meible Chi (DU) def. #69 Amber O'Dell (VA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
4. Ellyse Hamlin (DU) def. #108 Chloe Gullickson (VA) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
5. Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def. Sofia Munera (VA) 6-1, 7-5
6. Camille Favero (VA) def. Margaryta Bilokin (DU) 7-5, 6-3
1. #70 Chloe Gullickson/Amber O'Dell (VA) def. #69 Kelly Chen/Ellyse Hamlin (DU) 6-3
2. #36 Meible Chi/Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def. Vivian Glozman/Sofia Munera (VA) 6-4
3. Maria Mateas/Margaryta Bilokin (DU) def. Hunter Bleser/Meghan Kelley (VA) 7-5
Virginia 12-5, 5-4; National ranking #22
Duke 15-2, 7-1; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,1,6,5,4,3)