DURHAM, N.C. – For the 20th time in program history, the fifth-ranked Duke women’s tennis team heads to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Team Championship. The Blue Devils are set to face fourth-ranked South Carolina Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m., at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. The match will also be broadcast live on the Tennis Channel.
The winner of Friday’s contest will advance to the Final Four to take on the winner of the top-ranked Georgia and No. 8 Vanderbilt Saturday at 6 p.m., which will again be broadcast on the Tennis Channel.
Tickets for the event at the USTA National Campus can be purchased here.
SERIES VERSUS SOUTH CAROLINA
Friday marks the 26th meeting between the Blue Devils and the Gamecocks as Duke leads the series 17-8 and own an eight-match win streak dating back to 1996.
In their last meeting a year ago at the ITA Indoor Team event, Duke took the 4-0 victory.
SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
The Gamecocks head into Friday on a 13-match winning streak, having not dropped a match since Sunday, March 17. South Carolina’s most recent wins came in the first three rounds of the NCAA Championships. First, the Gamecocks blanked North Florida, 4-0. They then followed that up with a, 4-1, defeat of No. 21 Virginia, advancing to the program’s third-straight Sweet 16. The Gamecocks then defeated Southern California, 4-0, to head to the program’s first Elite 8 appearance since 2009.
Playing at the No. 1 position, senior and No. 4-ranked Ingrid Martins has won eight matches in-a-row and is 16-2 in duals.
In doubles, No. 3-ranked Horvit and Martins are 16-4 in duals, playing on court one for the Gamecocks. At the No. 2 spot, sophomore Davies and senior Rohrabacher have recently teamed back up. The No. 39 tandem has won their last two matches and are 6-1 in duals.
DUKE IN THE RANKINGS
Duke features several players on the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s singles and doubles list. Freshman Maria Mateas garnered the highest Blue Devil ranking at No. 11, followed by sophomore Kelly Chen (No. 21) and junior Meible Chi (No. 33).
Mateas is 12-9 this season, followed by Chen (21-4) and Chi (14-3). The Blue Devils are led by Ellyse Hamlin with a 22-2 overall record.
BLUE DEVILS IN THE NCAA TEAM TOURNAMENT
Following last weekend’s first and second rounds of the team tournament, seven Blue Devils have experience playing on the national stage. Here’s a closer look at the seven’s singles and doubles record prior to Friday’s match:
FIVE IN THE NCAA INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT
Five Blue Devils earned bids to the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship. In singles, Chen, Chi and Mateas will represent Duke on the national stage. The senior duo of Hamlin and Kaitlyn McCarthy will also team up for Duke’s lone doubles pair.
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