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Fourth-Ranked Duke Welcomes Illinois Sunday
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/02/2019
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Match 5
No. 4 Duke (4-0) vs. Illinois (0-2)
Sunday, February 3 | 12 p.m.
Durham, N.C. | Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center
Live Stats | https://goduke.us/2CO8OlV

DURHAM, N.C. – Before the Duke women’s tennis team travels across the country for the ITA Team Indoor National Championships, the fourth-ranked Blue Devils (4-0) host Illinois (0-2) Sunday, Feb. 3 at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.

Duke has captured the doubles point in every match thus far and is led by seniors Ellyse Hamlin and Kaitlyn McCarthy with a 3-1 overall record in dual matches, followed by Margaryta Bilokin and Maria Mateas (2-0) and Kelly Chen and Meible Chi (2-1).

In singles action, Hamlin headlines the squad with a flawless 4-0 record. Chen and Chi each hold a 3-0 ledger, followed by Mateas (2-0), Bilokin (2-1), McCarthy (1-1) and Hannah Zhao (1-0).

Duke kicked off the 2019 calendar year on a high note by defeating then No. 9 Oklahoma State (5-2) in the program’s first international trip in The Bahamas. The trip also marked the first NCAA dual match played outside the United States.

The Blue Devils continued their win streak in Durham by defeating Elon, 7-0, before hosting the ITA Kickoff Weekend at Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center. Duke downed both Gonzaga and Old Dominion ,4-0, and advanced to the ITA Team Indoor National Championships in Seattle.

Illinois is 0-2 to start the season after competing in the annual ITA Kickoff event, held in Stillwater, Okla., and came up short to both No. 16 Kansas, 4-1, and No. 21 Virginia, 4-3.

Following Sunday’s match, Duke will hit the road to Seattle, Wash., for the ITA Team Indoor National Championships Feb. 8-11.

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