PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIF. – The Duke women’s tennis team will shoot for its first championship of the fall season as juniors Kaitlyn McCarthy and Ellyse Hamlin advanced to the Riviera ITA All-American Championships final on Saturday.
In their seventh doubles match of the fall, McCarthy and Hamlin were matched up with Syracuse’s 47th-ranked duo of Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez. Just like the previous six matches, McCarthy and Hamlin came out victorious, this time with a 6-3, 6-3 win to advance to the final. In the other semifinal, senior Samantha Harris and freshman Kelly Chen were attempting to reach the final after winning three matches in qualifying and another three in the main draw. Unfortunately, Texas Tech’s eight-ranked pairing of Sarah Dvorak and Sabrina Federici ended Harris and Chen’s run with a tight tiebreaker 6-1, 0-6, 1-0 (10-6) victory.
McCarthy and Hamlin are the first Duke duo to reach the final of the All-American championships since Beatrice Capra and Hanna Mar did in 2012. The Blue Devils will match up with Texas Tech’s pair for the championship at 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
Pre-Qualifying Third Round
Kelly Chen (Duke) def. Sabrina Federici (Texas Tech) 6-1, 6-2
Qualifying First Round
#20 Meible Chi (Duke) def. #59 Miranda Ramirez (Syracuse) 6-1, 6-4
#38 Gabriela Knutson (Syracuse) def. Kelly Chen (Duke) 6-4, 6-4
#54 Samantha Harris (Duke) def. #78 Shweta Sangwen (Oregon) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
#57 Kaitlyn McCarthy (Duke) def. #77 Liza Buss (SMU) 6-1, 6-1
Qualifying Second Round
Katarina Jokic (Georgia) def. #20 Meible Chi (Duke) 6-4, 6-2
#53 Akvile Parazinskaite (Kentucky) def. #54 Samantha Harris (Duke) 1-6, 7-5, 6-1
#35 Anastasia Rychagova (Kansas) def. #57 Kaitlyn McCarthy (Duke) 6-4, 4-6, 5-7
Qualifying Consolation Round of 32
Kelly Chen (Duke) def. Margo Pletcher (Utah) 6-3, 6-1
Qualifying Consolation Round of 16
Kelly Chen (Duke) def. No. 50 Sybille Gauvain (San Jose State) 6-1, 6-2
Round of 32
#25 Kaitlyn McCarthy/Ellyse Hamlin (Duke) def. Erin Larner/Lee Or (Northwestern) 8-6
#60 Samantha Harris/Kelly Chen (Duke) def. #15 Vladica Babic/Sofia Blanco (Oklahoma State) 8-7 (6)
#25 Kaitlyn McCarthy/Ellyse Hamlin (Duke) def. #47 Gabriela Knutson/Miranda Ramirez (Syracuse) 6-3, 6-3
#8 Sarah Dvorak/Sabrina Federici (Texas Tech) def. #60 Samantha Harris/Kelly Chen (Duke) 6-1, 0-6, 1-0 (10-6)