DURHAM, N.C. – The third-ranked Duke women’s tennis team picked up its sixth victory over a ranked opponent this evening, blanking 15th-ranked Wake Forest (7-0) Friday evening inside Sheffield Indoor Tennis Stadium. The Blue Devils elevate to 12-2 overall and 4-1 in conference.
“I thought we got off to a good start,” head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “We finished points and the biggest thing for me is the personalities on the court. The personalities that we have playing together are ones that mesh but also lift them up. If someone is down or having a tough time, the other one can pick them up. Even moving into singles, I thought it was the most complete match we’ve played all year. Wake is a good top-20 team and it’s really the first time all year we’ve come out and beaten a team off the court. I’ve said all year that we’ll be better in March and April and I think we’re taking the necessary steps to get there.”
For the second-straight match, the Blue Devils captured the doubles point to give them the lead heading into singles. Kelly Chen and Ellyse Hamlin were quick to get off the court first with a 6-1 victory over No. 38 Chandler Carter and Emma Davis, the first win over a ranked foe since becoming dubs partners. Duke sealed the deal in doubles on court two with a 6-4 victory as No. 34 Meible Chi and Kaitlyn McCarthy defeated MC Meredith and Eliza Omirou.
Duke carried its momentum into singles play, taking all six courts.
Hamlin wasted no time extending Duke’s lead as she cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 victory on court four over Saby Nihalani. Hamlin leads the team with a nearly perfect 12-1 record this spring.
Teammate McCarthy claimed Duke’s third point on court five by defeating Anna Brylin (6-2, 6-1) minutes before doubles partner Chi clinched the match on court three. Chi, ranked No. 19 by the ITA, defeated Omirou (6-2, 6-4). McCarthy elevates to 5-4 while Chi is 9-2 this season.
Chen was next off the court for Duke as she picked up her 10th victory over a ranked opponent with a 6-3, 6-4 win on Duke’s top court. Chen now owns a 10-2 ledger during the spring.
The Blue Devils picked up their final two points on courts two and six as No. 18 Mateas defeated Anna Ulyashchenko (7-5, 6-2). Mateas trailed 1-4 in the first set before winning five of the next six points to take the first set. On court six, Margaryta Bilokin defeated Chandler Carter 6-2, 6-7 (4), 1-0 (7) in the super tiebreak. Mateas is now 5-6 in dual matches and Bilokin improves to 10-3.
Duke will return to the courts Sunday to take on Pittsburgh for a noon first serve.
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Tennis Match Results
Wake Forest vs Duke
Mar 15, 2019 at Durham, N.C.
(Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center)
#3 Duke 7, #15 Wake Forest 0
1. #22 Kelly Chen (DU) def. #46 Emma Davis (WF) 6-3, 6-4
2. #18 Maria Mateas (DU) def. Anna Ulyashchenko (WF) 7-5, 6-2
3. #19 Meible Chi (DU) def. Eliza Omirou (WF) 6-2, 6-4
4. Ellyse Hamlin (DU) def. Saby Nihalani (WF) 6-0, 6-0
5. Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def. Anna Brylin (WF) 6-2, 6-1
6. Margaryta Bilokin (DU) def. Chandler Carter (WF) 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 1-0 (10-7)
1. Kelly Chen/Ellyse Hamlin (DU) def. #38 Chandler Carter/Emma Davis (WF) 6-1
2. #34 Meible Chi/Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def. M.C. Meredith/Eliza Omirou (WF) 6-4
3. Margaryta Bilokin/Maria Mateas (DU) vs. Anna Brylin/Peyton Pesavento (WF) 4-4, unfinished
Wake Forest 13-3, 4-1; National ranking #15
Duke 12-2, 4-1; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,5,3,1,2,6)