No. 5 Duke vs. James Madison
Saturday, May 4 | 4 p.m.
Durham, N.C. | Ambler Tennis Stadium
DURHAM, N.C. – The fifth-ranked Duke women’s tennis team makes its 30th consecutive NCAA Team Championship appearance on Saturday, May 4 against James Madison at 4 p.m., inside Ambler Tennis Stadium. The Blue Devils, the fifth overall seed, will host their fourth-straight regional.
“We’re looking forward to playing with energy and excitement and really just build on the past four months,” head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “We have some great teams coming in here this weekend with James Madison, Illinois and Arizona State. The level of tennis will be extremely high. We’re excited to have the opportunity to host teams here and showcase our campus and facility and hopefully have great turnout and event over the weekend.”
Should the Blue Devils advance past the Dukes Saturday evening, they would face the winner of the Arizona State and Illinois match at 2 p.m., Sunday.
Tickets are available online here and on-sight prior to every match.
SERIES VERSUS JAMES MADISON
The Blue Devils are set to face the Dukes for just the second time in program history with their first meeting back in 1986 on a neutral court as Duke came away with an 8-1 win.
SCOUTING THE DUKES
The Dukes are making the program’s first NCAA appearance under first year head coach Shelley Jaudon. James Madison is 14-8 overall this season and are 3-1 in conference play.
The Dukes are on a three-match win streak having beat Towson, College of Charleston and William & Mary in the CAA Tournament. Freshman Amanda Nord is currently on a 12-match win streak heading into the tournament. She has only lost two matches this season piecing together a 20-2 overall record. Abby Amos (22-14), Emma Petersen (22-10) and Daniela Voloh (21-11) have all put together 20 wins during the 2018-19 season.
SERIES VERSUS ARIZONA STATE
Duke leads the series 5-3 over the Sun Devils with its last meeting on the road in 2011. The Blue Devils have won three matches in a row, including a 2007 5-2 victory in Durham.
SCOUTING THE SUN DEVILS
The bid to the tournament came after the Devils recorded their 25th-straight winning campaign, finishing 13-10 overall and 5-5 in the Pac-12. Despite a five-match slide that lasted nearly a month, ASU roared to life in the latter half of the season to win eight of its last 10 matches, including two four-match win streaks.
Lauryn John-Baptiste and Ilze Hattingh combined for a team-leading 14 wins and suffered only two defeats in their 2019 campaign for the Devils.
The duo picked up 10 wins over ranked opponents and spent two weeks as the No. 1 team in the nation. One of those wins even came against the current No. 1 team from Southern California.
SERIES VERSUS ILLINOIS
The Blue Devils could face a familiar opponent in the second round in the Fighting Illini as the two met this season on February 3 in Durham. Duke came away with a 7-0 sweep in Sheffield to bring the series to 6-1 in favor of the Blue Devils.
SCOUTING THE FIGHTING ILLINI
Illinois is 16-11 overall and 8-3 in conference play this season. The Fighting Illini appear at No. 30 in the most recent ITA Tennis rankings. After beginning the season ranked No. 21 in the preseason rankings, and eventually moving up to No. 18, the Illini had three tough losses against top-20 teams to knock them out of the top 25. Prior to the Blue Gray Classic, Illinois sat at No. 22. The Illini have been in the top 40 dating back to Feb. 14, 2018.
Leading the way for the Fighting Illini is Asuka Kawai as she holds a career-best No. 43 in the singles rankings.
STRONG AT HOME
Duke is 27-1 in NCAA Championship matches held in Durham and the Blue Devils have advanced out of their regional round 13 out of the 14 times they’ve hosted.
Duke has also won 38 straight matches at home, dating back to a 4-2 loss to Texas in the 2016 NCAA Championship. With two wins this weekend, Duke would complete the ninth undefeated home campaign under Ashworth. Overall, Duke is 103-8 (.928) at home over the last eight seasons.
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 (19-4) and Chi (13-3). The Blue Devils are led by Ellyse Hamlin with a 21-2 overall record.
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. Senior duo of Hamlin and Kaitlyn McCarthy will also team up for Duke’s lone doubles pair.
BLUE DEVILS IN THE NCAA TEAM TOURNAMENT
Five Blue Devils have experience playing in the team tournament on the national stage. Here’s a closer look at the five’s singles and doubles record prior to Saturday’s match:
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