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Chalena Scholl and Meible Chi
Scholl, Chi Selected to NCAA Singles Field
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/03/2017
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Senior Chalena Scholl and freshman Meible Chi have been selected to represent Duke at the 2017 NCAA Singles Championship May 24-29 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The doubles team of Chi and sophomore Kaitlyn McCarthy was named an alternate for the event, as announced by the NCAA Wednesday.

Scholl and Chi received at-large bids to compete in the 64-player singles field and will be making their first career appearances in the singles championship.

A second team All-ACC pick this spring, Scholl has turned in a strong senior campaign while playing primarily at the No. 3 position in singles. She heads into NCAA Tournament 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 Chi for the most on the Blue Devil squad. Scholl has notched four victories against ranked opponents this season and enters NCAAs on a four-match winning streak. During the course of the year, she has climbed as high as No. 34 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) singles rankings.

Chi has compiled an overall ledger of 30-14 from the No. 2 spot in Duke's singles lineup, with the 30 wins matching Scholl for the most on the squad and tying her for the 10th most by a Blue Devil freshman. The rookie from Weston, Fla., also owns eight victories over nationally-ranked opponents, marking the most by a Duke player since Beatrice Capra registered 19 in 2014. Chi has ranked among the top 40 in the ITA singles poll throughout the spring, climbing as high as No. 14.

In doubles, Chi and McCarthy were ranked No. 55 in the latest ITA poll. The Blue Devil tandem is 12-7 with three of Duke's six doubles victories against ranked opponents. With all doubles partners, Chi owns a 16-14 mark while McCarthy is 20-11.

On Tuesday, the NCAA announced that the Blue Devils received the No. 15 overall seed for the 2017 NCAA Team Championship and were selected one of 16 regional host sites for first and second round action. Duke kicks off tournament action Friday, May 12 at 4 p.m. against Boston University. Tennessee and Winthrop will also compete in the Durham regional.

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