DURHAM, N.C. – Coming off just its second loss of the season, the No. 3 Duke women’s tennis team bounced back with a dominating 7-0 win over No. 45 Clemson on Sunday afternoon in Ambler Tennis Stadium.
Duke improves to 17-2 on the season and 9-1 in the ACC. Clemson falls to 11-10 and 4-6 in conference. Duke has now won 23 straight matches at home, which is the fifth longest streak in program history.
“I thought we came out emotionally a little bit flat,” said head coach Jamie Ashworth. “The scheduling gods didn’t do us any favors, playing home and away in one weekend. Physically, we were a little bit tired, but we were able to push through it there. Same with the singles. The beginning was a little bit flat, but once we started playing with some emotion and adrenaline, we really took over. For the most part, the second sets on every court weren’t really close at all. We did a good job of once we got on top, we got separation and closed matches out.”
One of the bright spots in Friday’s loss to Georgia Tech was the doubles play of Meible Chi and Hannah Zhao and that carried into Sunday’s match. Chi and Zhao beat Sydney Riley and Laura Marti 6-1 for their ninth win in their last 10 matches. Kaitlyn McCarthy and Ellyse Hamlin clinched the doubles point for Duke when the junior tandem defeated Tate Schroeder and Ally Miller-Krasilnikov 6-4. Hamlin and McCarthy now have a team-high 21 doubles victories.
Duke started singles play strong as five of the six Blue Devils won their first set. However, it was the second set where Duke really proved its dominance. All six sets went Duke’s way and the Blue Devils did not drop more than two games in any of them.
Hamlin was the first player to win her match, defeating Marti 6-3, 6-0. Zhao was not far behind her, beating Miller-Krasilnikov 6-3, 6-2.
Clinching the match for Duke was fourth-ranked Samantha Harris. Harris beat 20th-ranked Marie Leduc for her 37th career ACC win, putting her alone in second all-time at Duke.
Even with the match clinched, Duke continued to rack up points. Chi beat Fernanda Navarro 6-2, 6-2 to extend her winning streak to 23 straight matches. McCarthy picked up a 6-3, 6-2 win over Sydney Riley to give her 20 wins on the season.
The only Blue Devil to trail in the match was Kelly Chen, who fell behind Tate Schroeder after the first set. Chen bounced back though, winning the second set to force a third set tiebreaker. There, the Cerritos, Calif., native prevailed to beat Schroeder 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8) to preserve the clean sweep.
Duke will take its final ACC road trip of the season this coming weekend. The Blue Devils travel north to Syracuse for a 5:00 p.m., match on Friday, April 13. That will be followed by an 11:00 a.m., match in Pittsburgh on Sunday, April 15.
1. No. 4 Samantha Harris (Duke) def. No. 20 Marie Leduc (CU) 6-4, 6-1
2. No. 63 Meible Chi (Duke) def. Fernanda Navarro (CU) 6-2, 6-2
3. No. 26 Kelly Chen (Duke) def. Tate Schroeder (CU) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8)
4. No. 79 Kaitlyn McCarthy (Duke) def. Sydney Riley (CU) 6-3, 6-2
5. No. 85 Ellyse Hamlin (Duke) def. Laura Marti (CU) 6-3, 6-0
6. Hannah Zhao (Duke) def. Ally Miller-Krasilnikov (CU) 6-3, 6-2
1. No 5 Samantha Harris/Kelly Chen (Duke) vs. No. 44 Marie Leduc/Fernanda Navarro (CU) 5-5, unfinished
2. No. 7 Kaitlyn McCarthy/Ellyse Hamlin (Duke) def. Tate Schroeder/Ally Miller-Krasilnikov (CU) 6-4
3. Hannah Zhao/Meible Chi (Duke) def. Sydney Riley/Laura Marti (CU) 6-3, 6-2
Clemson 11-10, 4-6 ACC; National ranking No. 45
Duke 17-2, 9-1 ACC; National ranking No. 3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,6,1,2,4,3)