PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Duke women’s tennis freshman Maria Mateas’ tremendous showing at her first collegiate tournament came to a close Sunday afternoon in Pacific Palisades, Calif., at the 2018 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships.
“The time we spent out here was a definite positive for our program,” head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “We had three girls in the round of 16 and two in the quarters for singles. We learned a lot about ourselves. We have a lot of depth and we can compete … it doesn’t matter what number anyone is playing on. They can compete with the best players in the country down the road. We gained a lot by being part of this.”
The Chapel Hill, N.C., native fell to No. 35 Sophie Whittle of Gonzaga (4-6, 7-5, 3-6) in a back-and-forth battle on a sunny California afternoon.
Mateas fell behind 3-0 in the opening set before rallying back to even it up at three. In the second set, Mateas pushed through several match points and secured three straight to even the contest but was short in the final set.
“Maria is very sure of herself and very confident and that showed in this tournament,” Ashworth said. “It doesn’t matter who is on the other side of the net … she tries to strike the ball the same way every time. It was great to see. Her first round match was a three-set match and she was definitely a bit nervous putting on the Duke uniform for the first time but she was able to build on that. Today didn’t go her way and there are some points and situations she would love to have back but it was a learning experience for her .... It was great to finally be on the court with her.”
Mateas, the top-ranked freshman in the country by the ITA, defeated three-consecutive nationally ranked players en route to the championship match, including North Carolina’s No. 2 Makenna Jones. Mateas became the first Duke All-American finalist since Daniela Bercek in 2005.
“This was a long trip and a tournament that takes a lot out of you,” Ashworth commented. “We’ll have a couple days off and we’ll get fired up for regionals. It’s an event that we traditionally do well at and we have to be ready to go.”
The Blue Devils will be back in action Oct. 18-22 for the ITA Regional in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Keenan Johnson (LSU) def. #84 Kaitlyn McCarthy (Duke) 6-3, 1-6, 0-6
#31 Meible Chi (Duke) def. Amanda Meyer (Vanderbilt) 6-1, 6-2
#31Meible Chi (Duke) def. McCartney Kessler (Florida) 6-3, 6-3
#31Meible Chi (Duke) def. Andie Daniell (Alabama) 6-1, 6-1
Singles Main Draw
#12 Kelly Chen (Duke) def. #33 Giulia Pairone (Michigan) 6-3, 6-1
Maria Mateas (Duke) def. Sara Castellano (Wisconsin) 6-2, 4-6, 6-0
#31Meible Chi (Duke) def. #11 Carly Touly (Florida State) 6-3, 6-1
Round of 16
#12 Kelly Chen (Duke) def. Katarina Stresnakova (Oklahoma State) 6-3, 6-4
Maria Mateas (Duke) def. #60 Alexa Graham (North Carolina) 6-2, 6-3
Fernanda Contreras (Vanderbilt) def. #31 Meible Chi (Duke) 6-3, 6-3
Maria Mateas (Duke) def. #16 Emma Davis (Wake Forest) 6-4, 6-0
#35 Sophie Whittle (Gonzaga) def. #12 Kelly Chen (Duke) 6-2, 6-3
Maria Mateas (Duke) def. #2 Makenna Jones (North Carolina) 6-1, 6-4
#35 Sophie Whittle (Gonzaga) def. Maria Mateas (Duke) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
#35 Kelly Chen/Maria Mateas (Duke) def. Stacey Fung/Vanessa Wong (Washington) 8-7 (6)
Holly Hutchinson/Brooke Pilkington (Old Dominion) def. #35 Kelly Chen/Maria Mateas (Duke) 8-3
Main Draw Doubles Backdraw
Kaitlyn McCarthy/Meible Chi (Duke) def. #37 Aiwen Zhu/En-Pei Huang (UNLV) 8-7 (3)
Kaitlyn McCarthy/Meible Chi (Duke) def. #5 Emma Davis/Chandler Carter (Wake Forest) 8-1
#3 Emily Arbuthnott/Michaela Gordon (Stanford) def. Kaitlyn McCarthy/Meible Chi 8-3