DURHAM, N.C. – The fourth-ranked Duke women’s tennis team concluded the 2019 season with three singles players and three doubles teams appearing among those ranked by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), as announced by the organization Wednesday.
Sophomore Kelly Chen highlighted the Duke contingent of ranked singles players and finished the year ranked No. 8 in the country.
Chen recently reached the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championship in Orlando, Fla., and finished the year with a 35-9 overall ledger. Chen defeated 18 ranked opponents during the season playing Duke’s second and third courts that included three higher ranked foes during the individual championship.
Before her loss in the semifinals, Chen won 12 consecutive matches dating back to April 10 and was a vital part in Duke’s success as a team as the Blue Devils made back-to-back appearances at the finals of the ACC Championship and semifinals of the NCAA Team Championship and ITA Indoor National Championship.
Joining Chen on the final ITA singles poll is freshman Maria Mateas, who appears at No. 18. The ITA National Rookie of the Year played on Duke’s top court all season where she earned the highest ranking of eighth in the country.
A first team All-ACC selection, Mateas posted an 8-3 ledger in conference play, highlighted by upsetting NC State’s then eighth-ranked Anna Rogers (6-1, 6-2) to help the Blue Devils defeat the ninth-ranked Wolfpack. In the fall, Mateas defeated then second-ranked Makenna Jones of North Carolina (6-1, 6-4) in the semifinals of the ITA All-American.
As a three-time All-ACC selection, junior Meible Chi concluded the year at No. 33 in the rankings. Chi split time between Duke’s second and third courts this season for a 26-7 overall ledger. 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 was 6-2 against nationally-ranked opponents.
In the doubles poll, Ellyse Hamlin and Chen earned the highest ranking of No. 29. After teaming up mid-season, the duo went 8-7 overall that included five victories over nationally ranked foes, including a 6-3 victory over the top-ranked duo in the country (No. 1 Lauryn John-Baptiste and Ilze Hattingh of Arizona State).
Hamlin also paired up with fellow senior Kaitlyn McCarthy and ended the year at No. 30. Hamlin and McCarthy were Duke’s lone doubles representative in the NCAA Doubles Championships as they went 10-4 this season. Additionally, Chi and McCarthy checked in at No. 31 on the list with a 16-5 ledger in 2019.
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