DURHAM, N.C. – The fourth-ranked Duke women’s tennis team defeated ninth-ranked NC State, 5-2, Wednesday evening under the lights in Ambler Tennis Stadium. The Blue Devils improve to 19-2 overall and 11-1 and the Wolfpack drop to 21-5 and 10-3 in ACC play.
“Today was a good win,” head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “NC State is one of the better teams in the country that we’ve played. I thought the doubles was a little flat. I would like to see us come out with more emotion. I told them after doubles that we had to do a better job at getting on top of them right away in singles. I thought we were able to do that. I think if we can transfer the attitude we had in the doubles to singles, we could be really good. Overall, this was a good quality win.”
For the eighth-consecutive match, the Blue Devils captured the doubles point to give them a 1-0 advantage heading into singles action. No. 23 Meible Chi and Kaitlyn McCarthy defeated Adriana Reami and Claudia Wiktorin (6-2) on court two seconds before NC State’s ninth-ranked duo Anna Rogers and Alana Smith took down No. 81 Kelly Chen and Ellyse Hamlin (6-4) on Duke’s top court.
Bilokin wasted no time getting off court five as she cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Moldovan. Bilokin increases to 15-5 overall and 9-3 in conference play.
Bilokin’s doubles partner Mateas was next off the court for the Blue Devils on court one. Mateas, ranked No. 13 by the ITA, upset No. 8 Rogers (6-1, 6-2) and is now 11-6 overall, 8-2 in ACC action and is riding a seven match win streak.
Senior McCarthy clinched the match for the Blue Devils with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Norman on Duke’s fourth court. McCarthy elevates to 10-4 in dual matches and 8-2 in the ACC.
On court three, Hamlin secured a come-from-behind victory over No. 110 Reami (3-6, 6-2, 6-2). Hamlin improves to 17-2 and 9-2 in conference.
The Wolfpack claimed their two points with wins on court six and two. Amanda Rebol defeated Hannah Zhao (2-6, 6-3, 6-4) before No. 93 Smith defeated No. 32 Chen (2-6, 6-4, 7-5). Zhao drops to 5-3 overall and Chen is now 14-4.
“We have a lot of work to do this weekend,” Ashworth said. “Both teams are good and have shown they can beat good teams. There’s no looking forward to next week before we finish this week but we want to make sure we’re playing well and doing things right heading into the weekend and next week.”
Duke will take on Syracuse Friday, April 12 at 6 p.m. in Ambler Tennis Stadium.
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Tennis Match Results
NC State vs Duke
Apr 10, 2019 at Durham, N.C.
(Ambler Tennis Stadium)
#4 Duke 5, #9 NC State 2
1. #13 Maria Mateas (DU) def. #8 Anna Rogers (ST) 6-1, 6-2
2. #93 Alana Smith (ST) def. #32 Kelly Chen (DU) 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
3. Ellyse Hamlin (DU) def. #110 Adriana Reami (ST) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
4. Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def. Liz Norman (ST) 6-4, 6-4
5. Margaryta Bilokin (DU) def. Bianca Moldovan (ST) 6-1, 6-0
6. Amanda Rebol (ST) def. Hannah Zhao (DU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
1. #9 Anna Rogers/Alana Smith (ST) def. #81 Kelly Chen/Ellyse Hamlin (DU) 6-4
2. #23 Meible Chi/Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def. Adriana Reami/Claudia Wiktorin (ST) 6-2
3. Maria Mateas/Margaryta Bilokin (DU) def. Bianca Moldovan/Liz Norman (ST) 6-3
NC State 21-5, 10-3; National ranking #9
Duke 19-2, 11-1; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,1,4,3,6,2)