CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –The No. 23 Virginia women’s tennis team (17-8) ended its stay at the ACC Championships on Friday (April 19) as the Cavaliers dropped a 4-2 match to No. 3 Duke (22-2) in the quarterfinals.
The Cavaliers, who were the seventh-seeded team in the field, claimed the doubles point and picked up a singles win from junior Chloe Gullickson (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) against the second-seeded Blue Devils. Duke, which has three singles players ranked in the top 30 nationally, won four of the six singles matches to take the victory.
The Cavaliers will now await the announcement of the NCAA Championships bracket next week.
“Today was a battle and I couldn’t be prouder of our team,” said Virginia head coach Sara O’Leary. “The difference in many sets today was a few deuce points and credit to Duke who is a great team and played tough in those critical moments. I’m so thankful for this team and the steps they have taken to improve as individuals and as a unit. The effort they are putting in on and off the court is really starting to show. We need to continue to trust the process and build off of this match.”
Virginia took the doubles point behind wins on courts two and three. Duke won the doubles match on court one, but the Cavaliers snagged the first point of the match as both Virginia tandems broke serve on the remaining courts. The duo of Vivian Glozman (Bellevue, Wash.) and Sofia Munera (Pereira, Colombia) finished first, taking a 6-3 victory over the No. 28 doubles team of Meible Chi and Kaitlyn McCarthy on court two. The UVA tandem of Hunter Bleser (New Braunfels, Texas) and Meghan Kelley then clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 win on court three over Duke’s Margaryta Bilokin and Maria Mateas.
Duke got on the board with a win at six singles as Bilokin picked up a 6-0, 6-1 win over junior Camille Favero (Sacramento, Calif.). The Blue Devils then moved into the lead with a win on court two behind a 6-4, 6-0 victory from the 25th-ranked Chi against Virginia’s Glozman.
Virginia pulled even with the Blue Devils with a straight-set win on court four as Gullickson took the 6-4, 6-3 win from Duke’s McCarthy.
A win on court three moved Duke back in front of the Cavaliers as the 27th-ranked Kelly Chen defeated freshman Amber O’Dell, the nation’s 106th-ranked singles player, by a score of 7-5, 6-4.
The Blue Devils clinched the match at the top of the lineup in a matchup of top-20 singles players Duke’s No. 12 Mateas took a 6-1, 7-6 (2) win over Virginia’s 20th ranked Kelley. The lone remaining match was abandoned with Virginia’s Munera and Duke’s Hamlin in a 6-3, 4-6, 4-4 battle. Munera led 40-15 in the game that was being played at the time the match was clinched.
No. 3 Duke 4, No. 23 Virginia 2
1. No. 12 Maria Mateas (DU) def. No. 20 Meghan Kelley – 6-1, 7-6 (2)
2. No. 25 Meible Chi (DU) def. Vivian Glozman – 6-4, 6-0
3. No. 27 Kelly Chen (DU) def. No. 106 Amber O’Dell – 7-5, 6-4
4. Chloe Gullickson def. Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) – 6-4, 6-3
5. Sofia Munera vs. Ellyse Hamlin (DU) – 6-3, 4-6, 4-4 (unfinished)
6. Margaryta Bilokin (DU) def. Camille Favero – 6-0, 6-1
Order of Finish: 6, 2, 4, 3, 1
1. Kelly Chen/Ellyse Hamlin (DU) def. No. 52 Chloe Gullickson/Amber O’Dell – 6-1
2. Vivian Glozman/Sofia Munera def. No. 28 Meible Chi/Kaitlyn McCarthy (DU) – 6-3
3. Hunter Bleser/Meghan Kelley def. Margaryta Bilokin/Maria Mateas (DU) – 6-2
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2