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Blue Devils to Host NCAA Tennis Regional
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/29/2019
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DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke women’s tennis team earned its 30th-consecutive bid to the NCAA Team Championships and enter the event for the 31st time in program history, the NCAA announced Tuesday during its 2019 selection show. The Blue Devils were tabbed as a regional host site and will play the first and second rounds in Durham.

“We are honored that we are once again hosting the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament,” head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “When we started with this group in January, one of our goals was to be able to play these first two rounds at home and it is something we are extremely proud of. There are some very good teams that have been selected to come to Duke and we know they will have a tremendous experience here in Durham.”

Duke garnered the No. 5 seed in the tournament and is set to face James Madison (14-8) in first round action on Saturday in Ambler Tennis Stadium. The match is slated for a 4 p.m., start as the Blue Devils face the Dukes for just the second time in program history.

In addition to Duke and James Madison, Arizona State (13-10) and Illinois (16-11) will also compete in Durham this weekend with the first match slated for Saturday at 1 p.m. The winner of each contest will face off in second round action Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m.

The winner of each site advances to super-regional competition May 10 or 11. Each super-regional site will feature two teams playing a single-elimination format. The super-regional winners advance to the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida, where the eight teams will compete for the national championship May 17-19. The event will be hosted by the University of Central Florida and the Greater Orlando Sports Commission.

Duke owns an all-time record of 66-29 (.695) when competing on the national stage. Last season, the Blue Devils fell to eventual national champion Stanford, 4-2, in semifinal action. Duke has reached the NCAA’s main event in each of Ashworth’s 22 seasons with the program, amassing a record of 56-21 (.727) over that span. In 2009, Duke won the national championship with Ashworth at the helm.

The Blue Devils enter the 2019 NCAA Team Championship with a 23-3 overall record, surpassing 15 wins for the 21st time in Ashworth’s 22 seasons. In its last time out, Duke fell to North Carolina, 4-2, in the championship match of the ACC Championship.

Currently ranked fourth in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll, the Blue Devils feature three singles players and three doubles teams.

Freshman Maria Mateas leads Duke’s ranked players, standing at No. 12 in the country. Sophomore Kelly Chen checks in shortly after at No. 19 and junior Meible Chi rounds out the ranked singles at No. 37.

In doubles, seniors Ellyse Hamlin and Kaitlyn McCarthy own the 19th spot on the list, followed by McCarthy and Chi (No. 21) and Hamlin and Chen (No. 46).

Tickets will be available for purchase online here or onsite prior to the matches.

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