ORLANDO – Sixth-seeded Chloe Beck and senior Georgia Drummy of the Duke women’s tennis team advanced to the round of 32 of the NCAA Singles Championship on Monday at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla.
Beck, who hails from Watkinsville, Ga., collected a 6-2, 6-4 victory over 91st-ranked Taylor Melville of Denver. With the win, Beck moved to 32-4 on the season and reached the round of 32 for the second straight year. She will face 22nd-ranked Jaedan Brown of Michigan on Tuesday.
“It definitely feels good to get that first win under my belt,” said Beck. “Playing in this summer heat is never easy, but I’m happy with how I handled the conditions this morning. Having Emma [Jackson] competing next to me made it feel as close to a dual-match as possible, and I’m excited to bring the energy from today’s match into tomorrow.”
A product of Dublin, Ireland, Drummy registered an impressive 1-6, 7-6, 6-4 victory over No. 2 overall seed Mary Stoiana of Texas A&M to move on to the round of 32. Drummy improved to 13-6 on the season and has won eight out of her last nine matches.
“I am excited to keep competing and representing Duke,” said Drummy. “I felt I had chances in the first set but didn’t convert. The coaches helped me to stay calm, keep playing my game and being aggressive with patience. It’s an amazing feeling winning, especially since it’s my last college tournament. Go Duke!”
In the round of 32, Drummy will face 36th-ranked Kari Miller of Michigan.
Sophomore Emma Jackson dropped her round of 64 match to 12th-ranked Ayana Akli of South Carolina by a 6-3, 6-3 ledger. Jackson concluded the season with a 22-12 singles mark.
Fans will be able to watch the competition with Cracked Racquets providing coverage of the entire singles championship.
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