DURHAM, N.C. – The fourth-ranked Duke women’s tennis team celebrated seniors Ellyse Hamlin and Kaitlyn McCarthy at senior day as the Blue Devils defeated Boston College, 4-0, Sunday in Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center. With the win, Duke improves to 21-2 overall and 13-1 in ACC action as Boston College falls to 15-9 and 5-9 in conference play.
“This weekend was good for us,” head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “We had a couple of dominating wins which is what we needed. We wanted to come out and set the tone for the upcoming week. We played two really complete matches and people have stepped up and are playing some of the best tennis they’ve played all spring. We’re in a really good place right now.”
The Blue Devils captured the doubles point for the 10th-consecutive match by winning on courts two and three. The Eagles quickly got off court one as No. 72 Kylie Wilcox and Jackie Urbinati defeated No. 81 Hamlin and Kelly Chen (6-1).
Soon after McCarthy and Meible Chi, ranked No. 23 by the ITA, defeated Dasha Possokhova and Natasha Irani (6-2) on court two. For the third-straight match, the doubles point came down to freshmen duo Maria Mateas and Margaryta Bilokin on Duke’s third court. Mateas and Bilokin trailed 2-4 before coming back to win 7-5 to give the Blue Devils the lead heading into singles. Chi and McCarthy continue their 7-0 win streak as doubles partners and Mateas and Bilokin are now 9-3 overall.
Bilokin wasted no time getting off the court in singles as she cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Possokhova on court five. Bilokin is now 17-5 overall and rides a four-match win streak.
Hamlin picked up her 19th win this season on senior day as she defeated Laura Lopez (6-0, 6-2) on Duke’s fourth court. With the win, Hamlin is 19-2 and 11-2 in ACC play.
Clinching the match for the Blue Devils was No. 32 Chen on Duke’s top court. Chen defeated the Eagles’ highest-ranked player, No. 103 Wilcox (6-2, 6-1) and is now 16-4 this season.
In addition to today’s win, the Blue Devils also honored the 2019 senior class. Hamlin and McCarthy have helped lead Duke to an 89-19 record over the past four years, including a trip to the semifinals of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, two ACC regular season titles and a Collegiate Grand Slam title.
“They have given everything over the last four years,” Ashworth said. “They’ve done everything we’ve asked them to do and they’ve played all over the lineup. They’ve been great teammates and leaders for our program. They are both tremendously better tennis players now than when they started and they have emerged as great people and leaders. Whatever they go on to do, on or off the court, they will have a great career.”
Duke will now turn its attention to the postseason, beginning with the 2019 ACC Tournament in Cary, N.C., April 17-21.
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Tennis Match Results
Boston College vs Duke
Apr 14, 2019 at
#4 Duke 4, #36 Boston College 0
1. #32 Kelly Chen (DU) def. #103 Kylie Wilcox (BC) 6-2, 6-1
2. #18 Meible Chi (DU) vs. Jackie Urbinati (BC) 4-6, 3-1, unfinished
3. Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) vs. Natasha Irani (BC) 6-1, 3-2, unfinished
4. Ellyse Hamlin (DU) def. Laura Lopez (BC) 6-2, 6-0
5. Margaryta Bilokin (DU) def. Dasha Possokhova (BC) 6-0, 6-2
6. Hannah Zhao (DU) vs. Maria Ross (BC) 6-3, 5-1, unfinished
1. #72 Jackie Urbinati/Kylie Wilcox (BC) def. #81 Kelly Chen/Ellyse Hamlin (DU) 6-1
2. #23 Kaitlyn McCarthy/Meible Chi (DU) def. Natasha Irani/Dasha Possokhova (BC) 6-2
3. Maria Mateas/Margaryta Bilokin (DU) def. Loren Haukova/Elene Tsokilauri (BC) 7-5
Boston College 15-9, 5-9; National ranking #36
Duke 21-2, 13-1; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,4,1)