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Five Blue Devils Selected to NCAA Individual Field
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/30/2019
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DURHAM, N.C. – A trio of Blue Devils was selected to represent the Duke women’s tennis team at the 2019 NCAA Singles Championship, as announced by the NCAA Tuesday. The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 20-25 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida, after the conclusion of the team championship, which runs from May 16-19. The University of Central Florida and the Greater Orlando Sports Commission will serve as hosts.

Representing the Blue Devil squad will be Kelly Chen, Meible Chi and Maria Mateas in the singles competition and senior tandem Ellyse Hamlin and Kaitlyn McCarthy in doubles action.

Chen enters the individual portion of the championship with a 19-4 overall ledger and played to a 10-2 conference record in 2019. Chen switched between courts one through three and was undefeated at Duke’s top court. The Cerritos, Calif., native is 11-5 against ranked opponents as she reached as high as No. 12 in the national rankings.

Chi has split time between Duke’s second and third courts this season and is 13-3 overall in dual matches. Ranked as high as the No. 8 player in the country, Chi has been a constant in Duke’s lineup this season. The Weston, Fla., native posted a 7-1 ledger in conference action and is 4-2 against nationally-ranked opponents.

Mateas has served as Duke’s No. 1 singles player for all but three matches and has produced an 11-7 record in dual matches. Tabbed as high as eighth in the country, Mateas is currently 6-6 against nationally-ranked foes and most recently cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over eighth-ranked Anna Rogers of NC State. The Chapel Hill, N.C., native entered the year tabbed No. 8 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and hasn’t dropped out of the top 25 all season.

The duo of Hamlin and McCarthy reached as high as No. 18 in the country and enter the individual tournament with a 10-3 ledger in dual matches. The tandem won six consecutive matches at Duke’s first and second courts and defeated fifth-ranked Makenna Jones and Cameron Morra, 6-2, in the semifinals of the ITA Indoor Championships in February.

On Monday, the NCAA announced that the Blue Devils received the No. 5 overall seed for the 2019 NCAA Team Championship and were selected one of 16 regional host sites for first and second round action. Duke kicks off tournament action Saturday, May 4 at 4 p.m., against James Madison. Arizona State and Illinois will also compete in the Durham regional.

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