DURHAM, N.C. – After the regular seasons concluded for Duke's men's and women's tennis teams, each squad named its Charles Hamilton Hargrave Most Valuable Player for the 2016-17 campaign. The award, presented for the third consecutive season, went to freshman Nick Stachowiak on the men's side and senior Chalena Scholl, a repeat winner, for the women's team.
The men's team also presented the first annual Robert C. Taylor Leadership Award to senior TJ Pura.
Charles Hamilton Hargrave was one of the Blue Devils' first men's team captains, lettering for the program in 1927-28. His family wanted to keep his memory alive within the Duke Tennis program and endowed the MVP awards in his name.
The Lucile and Clarence Dragert Charitable Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas enabled the leadership award in Robert C. Taylor's name. Taylor was a 1949 Duke graduate and member of the tennis program. Taylor was president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon as an undergraduate and received his degree from Duke Law School in 1952. Taylor, who went on to become a tax attorney and public servant in the Dallas area, received the Charles A. Duke Award in 2008 for his long-standing support and service to the school.
Stachowiak paces the Blue Devils with a 32-11 singles record and 27-6 doubles mark. His 32 wins are tied with David Hall (1989-90) and Alex Bose (2000-01) for the sixth most by a Duke freshman. Stachowiak's 27 doubles wins are tied with Phillip King (2000-01) for the fifth most by a Blue Devil freshman. In singles, Stachowiak has played on the first five courts with the most matches in the second and fourth slots. The Cary, N.C., product pieced together a 14-match winning streak from January 9 – March 7, the longest by a Blue Devil or Duke rookie since Pura's 14-match run from November 1, 2013 – April 25, 2014. Stachowiak, who was selected by the coaching staff as the most valuable player, earned a victory in his first career ACC match with the highest-ranked win of his career, defeating No. 49 Jai Corbett of Virginia Tech 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 on court one. Stachowiak was named the March 7 ACC Player of the Week following the win against Corbett. He has teamed with freshman Spencer Furman to form Duke's top doubles team. The duo will represent the Blue Devils at the NCAA Doubles Tournament. The freshman pair has gone 19-3 overall and 9-3 on court one. The tandem, which earned its highest ranking of No. 20 on May 4, won its first 13 matches, the longest streak for a Blue Devil pair since Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler won 16 straight from March 5 – May 16, 2013.
Pura has been the Blue Devils' leader all season, finishing the ACC slate with an 11-0 record, marking the longest ACC winning streak in a single year in program history, and tying the Duke mark for league wins in a campaign. He will enter the NCAA Team Championship with a 30-9 overall record, setting a personal best for wins in a year. Of the Blue Devils' eight ACC victories, Pura clinched four of them – at Virginia Tech, against N.C. State, versus No. 27 Florida State and at No. 39 Louisville. The Pacific Palisades, Calif., product earned wins at No. 5 North Carolina and against No. 2 Wake Forest by topping the Tar Heels' Jack Murray 6-3, 6-3 on court four and the Demon Deacons' Dennis Uspensky 6-2, 6-3 on court four. Pura, who receives the first annual leadership award by a vote from the coaching staff, and sophomore Catalin Mateas have paired in doubles, going 8-4, all on court three. The duo ripped off three straight wins, against No. 2 Wake Forest, No. 10 UCLA and N.C. State. The pair secured the doubles point at No. 10 UCLA with a 6-4 decision on court three against Maxime Cressy and Ben Goldberg and turned in two 6-0 ACC victories.
Scholl, a second team All-ACC pick this spring, has turned in a strong senior campaign while playing primarily at the No. 3 position in singles. She heads into NCAA Team Championship play with a 30-6 mark in singles, going 20-2 in dual matches and 18-1 at the No. 3 spot in the lineup. The 30 singles wins match freshman Meible Chi for the most on the Blue Devil squad. Scholl, who was voted by her teammates as the most valuable player, has notched four victories against ranked opponents this season and enters the NCAAs on a four-match winning streak. During the year, the Pompano Beach, Fla., native has climbed as high as No. 34 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles rankings. Scholl will represent Duke at the NCAA Singles Tournament, receiving a bid for the first time in her career. In doubles, Scholl has teamed with classmate Alyssa Smith, playing to a 13-8 record on court two. The duo went 8-3 in ACC action, including a 6-2 victory against North Carolina's Cassandra Vazquez and Alexa Graham.