SOUTH BEND, Ind. – No. 14 Duke women’s tennis capped its two-game road swing with a 5-2 defeat of Notre Dame Sunday morning at the Eck Tennis Center.
The doubles session that opened the match went the full length as the opening point came down to the final court. After Duke fell in the match on court one, the Blue Devils’ 32nd-ranked pairing of junior Chloe Beck and senior Margaryta Bilokin picked up a win in flight two with a 6-3 defeat of Meg Coleman and Yashna Yellayi. With the doubles point on the line, the tandem of freshman Ellie Coleman and graduate student Eliza Omirou came through in the clutch as they rallied from an early deficit to claim a 7-6 (5) victory and give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Duke (6-1, 2-0 ACC) extended its lead to three with a pair of singles wins as 11th-ranked Beck and senior Kelly Chen made quick work of their opponents in flights two and three, respectively. Beck dispatched Julia Andreach 6-2, 6-0, while Chen took down Yellayi 6-2, 6-2.
Notre Dame (7-5, 0-2 ACC) got on the board with a win in the top slot, as No. 19 Georgia Drummy suffered her first loss in dual match play falling to Page Freeman 6-2, 1-6, 4-6. Shortly afterwards, No. 53 Emma Jackson clinched the match for the Blue Devils by defeating Olivia Castedo in straight sets. The freshman grabbed set one, 6-2, before rallying from an early three-game deficit to take the second set 7-6 (7).
Playing out the final two courts, the Blue Devils and Fighting Irish split the remaining matches. After dropping the first set, Coleman bounced back and took set two, 6-4. The freshman put up a good fight in set three, but Notre Dame’s Meg Coleman was able to edge her out, 6-3, for the Fighting Irish’s second point of the day.
Bilokin closed out the match for the Blue Devils with a strong victory over Nibi Ghosh in flight four. The senior grabbed set one, 6-2, but fell in the second by the same score. Despite dropping two of the first three games, Bilokin remained poised and took five of the next seven games to register the 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 victory.
No. 14 Duke continues ACC play as it opens a five-game homestand with matches against No. 9 Virginia (March 4) and Virginia Tech (March 6). The Blue Devils square off against the Cavaliers Friday at 6:30 p.m., then face the Hokies in a Sunday morning tilt slated for 10:30 a.m.
Singles (2, 3, 1, 5*, 6, 4)
- Page Freeman (ND-W) def. No. 19 Georgia Drummy (DU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
- No. 11 Chloe Beck (DU) def. Julia Andreach (ND-W) 6-2, 6-0
- Kelly Chen (DU) def. Yashna Yellayi (ND-W) 6-2, 6-2
- Margaryta Bilokin (DU) def. Nibedita Ghosh (ND-W) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
- No. 53 Emma Jackson (DU) def. Maria Olivia Castedo (ND-W) 6-2, 7-6 (9-7)
- Meghan Coleman (ND-W) def. Ellie Coleman (DU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
Doubles (1, 2, 3)
- Page Freeman/Maria Olivia Castedo (ND-W) def. Georgia Drummy/Karolina Berankova (DU) 6-2
- No. 32 Chloe Beck/Margaryta Bilokin (DU) def. Meghan Coleman/Yashna Yellayi (ND-W) 6-3
- Ellie Coleman/Eliza Omirou (DU) def. Nibedita Ghosh/Julia Andreach (ND-W) 7-6 (7-5)
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