DURHAM, N.C. – The men’s and women’s tennis teams named their Charles Hamilton Hargrave Most Valuable Players for the 2018-19 campaign on the Ambler Tennis Courts Thursday afternoon.
In the fifth year presenting the awards, senior Ellyse Hamlin earned the honor for the second straight year on the women’s side, while junior Nick Stachowiak won for a third straight time for the men.
The men’s team also presented the third annual Robert C. Taylor Leadership Award. Senior Jason Lapidus earned the award for the second consecutive year.
Charles Hamilton Hargrave was one of the Blue Devils’ first men’s team captains, lettering for the program in 1927-28. His family wanted to keep his memory alive within the Duke Tennis program and endowed the MVP award in his name.
The Lucile and Clarence Dragert Charitable Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas enabled the leadership award in Robert C. Taylor’s name. Taylor was a 1949 Duke graduate and member of the tennis program. Taylor was President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon as an undergraduate and received his degree from Duke Law School in 1952. Taylor, who went on to become a tax attorney and public servant in the Dallas area, received the Charles A. Duke Award in 2008 for his longstanding support and service to the school.
Hamlin, a third team All-ACC pick this spring, has been steadfast in both singles and doubles for the Blue Devils this spring. She heads to the Round of 16 of the NCAA Team Championship with a 22-2 mark in singles including an 11-2 ledger in conference play. Hamlin has led the team consistently this spring and has produced undefeated ledgers on courts four and five. She was voted by her teammates as the most valuable player and enters Friday’s contest against N.C. State with a seven-match win streak. In doubles, Hamlin formed successful teams with Kaitlyn McCarthy and Kelly Chen on Duke’s top court and has reached as high as a No. 18 doubles ranking by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Hamlin and McCarthy have produced a 10-3 ledger while Hamlin and Chen are 7-5 this spring. Hamlin and McCarthy earned a spot in the upcoming NCAA Doubles Tournament.
Stachowiak, a second team All-ACC selection, finished second on the team in singles victories with 13 (13-10) and capped the dual singles season at 8-8, all on court one. The Cary, N.C., native earned his first career nationally ranked top-ten victory against Illinois on February 1. Stachowiak finished the year 12-10 overall in doubles action, and 10-8 in dual doubles play. The junior teamed up with Lapidus for most of the season, going 7-5 on court one. Stachowiak also paired with junior Spencer Furman in the beginning of the season, going 2-3 at the number one position.
Finishing a distinguished career in the Duke blue and white, Lapidus was a staple on the doubles courts throughout his senior campaign. The Bull City native led the team in doubles victories with 17 (17-12) and went 13-9 during the dual doubles season. Lapidus finished 9-6 on the year on court one, while also posting a 4-3 record on court two. On April 10, he broke the school individual ACC doubles appearance record against N.C. State with his 44th showing, surpassing Dylan Arnould’s record of 43, set from 2007-10. Lapidus finished his career with 45 total ACC individual doubles appearances.
The women host No. 12 N.C. State Friday at 6 p.m. The winner of Duke/N.C. State match will play the winner of Southern California/South Carolina on Friday, May 17, in Orlando, Fla., in the NCAA Team Championship quarterfinals.