DURHAM, N.C. – The fourth-ranked Duke women’s tennis team looks to cap the indoor portion of the spring season on a strong note at the weekend’s ITA Team Indoor Championships in Seattle, Wash. The Blue Devils will open against No. 16 Ohio State Friday at 9 a.m. (PST).
The Blue Devils started the 2019 campaign with a 5-0 record as the program’s longest season-opening winning streak was nine matches in 1991 and 2003.
Duke owns a 6-0 record in the all-time series against the Buckeyes with the last meeting coming in 2009.
The Blue Devils have seen significant success throughout the ITA Team Indoor Championships, registering 50 wins. Duke owns two titles from the competition, with the first coming in 2003 and the most recent championship won in 2014. The Blue Devils have played in five title matches over the 30-year history of the event.
No. 16 Ohio State is 2-1 on the year following a most recent loss to sixth-ranked Texas (4-3). The Buckeyes advanced out of the ITA Regional in Atlanta, Ga., with wins over No. 13 Georgia Tech (4-0) and No. 25 Kentucky (4-1) and are led by freshman Kolie Allen with a 4-0 record in dual matches and freshman Isabelle Boulais and sophomore Luna Dormet with a 3-0 ledger.
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 Gonzaga and Old Dominion (4-0) and advanced to the ITA Team Indoor National Championships in Seattle. The Blue Devils then welcomed Illinois to Durham and captured a 7-0 victory prior to their departure to Seattle.
Duke has captured the doubles point in every match thus far and is led by seniors Ellyse Hamlin and Kaitlyn McCarthy with a 4-1 overall record in dual matches, followed by Margaryta Bilokin and Maria Mateas (2-0) and Kelly Chen and Meible Chi (3-1).
In singles action, Hamlin headlines the squad with a flawless 5-0 record while Chen and Chi each hold a 4-0 ledger, followed by Mateas (3-0), Bilokin (3-1), McCarthy (1-1) and Hannah Zhao (2-0).
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released updated singles and doubles rankings Wednesday as four Blue Devils were tabbed to the list and one doubles tandem.
Chi jumped two spots on the list to No. 8, followed by Mateas (No. 11), Chen (No. 21) and McCarthy (No. 100). Duke picked up its first dubs ranking of the year as Mateas and Bilokin check in at No. 30).
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