CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Despite moving locations due to severe weather in the area, the third-ranked Duke women’s tennis team rallied to defeat 23rd-ranked Virginia, 4-2, Friday evening in quarterfinal action at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill. With the victory, the Blue Devils improve to 22-2 overall.
“Virginia gave us everything they had," head coach Jamie Ashworth said. "You want the best from teams and we got the best from them. Hopefully, it’s a good confidence builder for us that we can take someone’s best shot and use that to our advantage tomorrow.”
For the first time in 11-straight matches, the Blue Devils dropped the doubles point.
Kelly Chen and Ellyse Hamlin were first off the court with a 6-1 victory over No. 52 Amber O’Dell and Chloe Gullickson on Duke’s top court. The Cavaliers were able to capture courts two and three to have the lead heading into singles. Meghan Kelley and Hunter Bleser defeated Margaryta Bilokin and Maria Mateas on court three (6-2) before No. 28 Meible Chi and Kaitlyn McCarthy dropped a 6-3 decision on court two to Vivian Glozman and Sofia Munera.
Bilokin was quick to tie the match up at 1-1 with a win on court six. The rookie cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Virginia’s Camille Favero and is now 18-5 this season.
On court two, Chi extended Duke’s lead to 2-1 by defeating Virginia’s 6-4, 6-0. Ranked No. 25 by the ITA, Chi registered a perfect second set and is now 13-2 this spring.
The Cavaliers tied it up once again with a win on court four. Gullickson defeated McCarthy (6-4, 6-3) as she drops to 11-5 this season.
Chen, ranked No. 27 by the ITA, picked up her 17th win this season by defeating O’Dell (7-5, 6-4) on court three. Chen fell behind 1-4 in the first set before winning five-straight games to take the first set and ultimately give Duke its third point of the match.
It was rookie Mateas in her ACC debut who sealed the deal for the Blue Devils to send Duke to the ACC Championship semifinals. Mateas, ranked No. 12 by the ITA, defeated No. 20 Kelley (6-1, 7-6 ) on Duke’s top court. Mateas cruised to a 7-2 win in the tiebreak and is now 12-7 this season.
The Blue Devils will face third-seeded Florida State Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., at the Cary Tennis Center in the semifinals.
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Virginia vs. Duke
Official NCAA Tennis Dual Match Results
#23 Virginia (17-8) vs #3 Duke (22-2)
Apr 19, 2019 at Chapel Hill, N.C. -- Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center
Duke 4, Virginia 2
1. #12 Maria Mateas (DU) def. #20 Meghan Kelley (VA) 6-1, 7-6 (7-2)
2. #25 Meible Chi (DU) def. Vivian Glozman (VA) 6-4, 6-0
3. #27 Kelly Chen (DU) def. #106 Amber O'Dell (VA) 7-5, 6-4
4. Chloe Gullickson (VA) def. Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) 6-4, 6-3
5. Ellyse Hamlin (DU) vs. Sofia Munera (VA); match was unfinished: 3-6, 6-4, 4-4
6. Margaryta Bilokin (DU) def. Camille Favero (VA) 6-0, 6-1
1. Kelly Chen and Ellyse Hamlin (DU) def. #52 Amber O'Dell and Chloe Gullickson (VA) 6-1
2. Vivian Glozman and Sofia Munera (VA) def. #28 Meible Chi and Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) 6-3
3. Meghan Kelley and Hunter Bleser (VA) def. Maria Mateas and Margaryta Bilokin (DU) 6-2
Order of finish: Singles -- 6 2 4 3 1 ; Doubles -- 1 3 2
Start Time: 8:15 pm