DURHAM, N.C. – The fifth-ranked Duke women’s tennis team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships by defeating James Madison, 4-0, Saturday evening in first round action in Ambler Tennis Stadium. With the victory, the Blue Devils elevate to 24-3 this season and continue their undefeated streak at home.
“First, James Madison played really well,” head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “They didn’t play with fear or with anything to lose. In spots, we played well but we have to be better. I thought maybe the two weeks off hurt us a bit. We went through stretches of three or four matches in a week and at the end of the season, it’s five matches in a week and then you shut it down for a bit. That hurt the crispness we’ve been playing with and hopefully we can get that back tomorrow. There are 32 teams that have an opportunity and we’re one of those 32 so we need to do everything to take advantage of that.”
For the 20th time this season, the Blue Devils claimed the doubles point heading into singles. The 24th-ranked doubles team in the country, Meible Chi and Kaitlyn McCarthy got Duke off to a strong start with a 6-1 victory on court two over Emma Petersen and Daria Afanasyeva before rookie tandem Margaryta Bilokin and Maria Mateas closed out the doubles point by defeating Amanda Nord and Michelle Los Arcos, 6-2, on Duke’s third court.
With the wins, Chi and McCarthy elevate to 10-1 this season and Bilokin and Mateas are 11-5.
Bilokin carried the doubles momentum into singles action as she was the first one off the court for the Blue Devils. The New Canaan, Conn., native cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 victory on court five over Jona Roka and is now 20-6 in her first collegiate season.
Minutes later, McCarthy notched Duke’s third point of the match on court three. The Cary, N.C., native defeated Daniela Voloh 6-4, 6-1. The second set was tied at 1-1 before the senior reeled off five-straight games to improve to 12-7 this spring.
It was sophomore Kelly Chen who clinched Saturday’s match with a court two victory. Chen, who is ranked No. 21 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), defeated Abby Amos 6-4, 6-3 to send Duke to second round action of the NCAA Championships. Chen is now 20-4 with her performance today.
“Arizona State has one of the best doubles teams in the country at one,” Ashworth said. “If you compared them to us today, they played with more emotion than we did. We can’t let that happen, especially playing at home. I would expect us to be better tomorrow. Arizona State is good. They have one of the best coaches in the country. She’s been there for a long time and they don’t have any fear. They’ve played as tough of a schedule as anyone. It should be a good match.”
The Blue Devils will face Arizona State in the second round Sunday at 2 p.m., in Ambler Tennis Stadium.
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Tennis Match Results
James Madison University vs Duke
May 04, 2019 at Durham, N.C.
(Ambler Tennis Stadium)
#5 Duke 4, James Madison University 0
1. #11 Maria Mateas (DU) vs. Daria Afanasyeva (JMUW) 6-1, 2-4, unfinished
2. #21 Kelly Chen (DU) def. Abby Amos (JMUW) 6-4, 6-3
3. Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def. Daniela Voloh (JMUW) 6-4, 6-1
4. Ellyse Hamlin (DU) vs. Emma Petersen (JMUW) 6-1, 6-5, unfinished
5. Margaryta Bilokin (DU) def. Jona Roka (JMUW) 6-1, 6-3
6. Hannah Zhao (DU) vs. Amanda Nord (JMUW) 3-6, 6-2, 2-2, unfinished
1. #47 Kelly Chen/Ellyse Hamlin (DU) vs. Abby Amos/Daniela Voloh (JMUW) 4-4, unfinished
2. #24 Meible Chi/Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) def. Emma Petersen/Daria Afanasyeva (JMUW) 6-1
3. Maria Mateas/Margaryta Bilokin (DU) def. Amanda Nord/Michelle Los Arcos (JMUW) 6-2
James Madison University 14-9
Duke 24-3; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,3,2)