DURHAM, N.C. – The rain and a change of venue were no match for the fifth-ranked Duke women’s tennis team as they defeated Arizona State, 4-0, in second round action of the NCAA Team Championships Sunday evening in Durham, N.C.
“We played one of the best starts to our doubles that we have all season,” head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “Arizona State has really good doubles and their one doubles has been in the top five all year and at one point was No. 1. I thought Ellyse and Kelly played one of their more aggressive matches they’ve played all year. It was great to see all three doubles come out and set the standard of where we needed to be today.”
For the 21st time this season and for the second-consecutive match, Duke captured the doubles point over Arizona State.
Kelly Chen and Ellyse Hamlin dominated in the first four points on Duke’s top court to pull off the upset over Arizona State’s top-ranked doubles pair. Chen and Hamlin, tabbed No. 47 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), defeated No. 4 Lauryn John-Baptiste and Ilza Hattingh (6-3). A few minutes after, rookie dubs team Margaryta Bilokin and Maria Mateas defeated Savannah Slaysman and Tereza Kolarova (6-3) on Duke’s third court.
Hamlin was first off the court for the Blue Devils in quick fashion. The Fairfield, Conn., native cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Slaysman on court five. Hamlin improves her team-leading record to 22-2 this spring.
McCarthy tallied Duke’s third point of the match with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Sammi Hampton on court four just before Bilokin clinched the match for the Blue Devils on court six. Bilokin cruised to a 6-0 first-set win over Samantha Alicea before she dropped four-straight games in the second set. Bilokin took the court with an 8-6 win in the tiebreak.
With the victories, McCarthy is 13-7 and Bilokin improves to 21-6.
“Playing at home is something we’ve earned,” Ashworth said. “We’ve done a really good job of making this a tough place to play and we hope we get our fans out there for an exciting match. It’s the first time the NCAA has gone to a super-regional format and we want to take advantage of being here.”
The Blue Devils advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA Team Championships, which will be held Friday, May 10 at 6 p.m., in Durham, N.C.
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Tennis Match Results
Arizona State vs Duke
May 05, 2019 at Durham, N.C.
(Ambler Tennis Stadium)
#5 Duke 4, #36 Arizona State 0
1. #11 Maria Mateas (DU) vs. #106 Ilze Hattingh (ASU) 1-6, 5-4, unfinished
2. #33 Meible Chi (DU) vs. #114 Lauryn John-Baptist (ASU) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0, unfinished
3. #21 Kelly Chen (DU) vs. Tereza Kolarova (ASU) 6-7 (5-7), 5-2, unfinished
4. Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def. Sammi Hampton (ASU) 6-1, 6-4
5. Ellyse Hamlin (DU) def. Savannah Slaysman (ASU) 6-0, 6-0
6. Margaryta Bilokin (DU) def. Samantha Alicea (ASU) 6-0, 7-6 (8-6)
1. #47 Kelly Chen/Ellyse Hamlin (DU) def. #4 Lauryn John-Baptist/Ilze Hattingh (ASU) 6-3
2. #24 Meible Chi/Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) vs. #73 Samantha Alicea/Sammi Hampton (ASU) 5-3, unfinished
3. Maria Mateas/Margaryta Bilokin (DU) def. Savannah Slaysman/Tereza Kolarova (ASU) 6-3
Arizona State 14-11; National ranking #36
Duke 25-3; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (5,4,6)
Match was moved indoors at the beginning of singles