TEMPE, Ariz. – Duke women's tennis senior Chalena Scholl added another accolade to her season, receiving the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Carolina Region Senior Most Improved Player award.
A second-team All-ACC selection as a senior, Scholl was elected by her teammates as the Charles Hamilton Hargrave Most Valuable Player for the 2016-17 campaign. It was the second-straight season Scholl has received the award.
Scholl has turned in a strong senior campaign while playing primarily at the No. 3 position in singles. She heads into NCAA Team Championship Round of 16 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 are two behind freshman Meible Chi for the most on the Blue Devil squad.
During the course of the year, Scholl has climbed as high as No. 34 in the Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) singles rankings. The Pompano Beach, Fla., native will represent Duke at the NCAA Singles Tournament, receiving a bid for the first time in her career. In doubles this year, 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.
As a freshman, Scholl recorded 10 dual match singles victories while competing in the one through four spots in the lineup. After missing the entire fall and first part of the spring season her sophomore year, she went 3-4 in singles, playing primarily at the No. 5 position. Her junior campaign saw her compile a 22-10 singles ledger and climb as high as No. 65 in the Oracle/ITA poll. She notched six victories against nationally ranked opponents and went 7-2 at the top spot in the lineup en route to earning second team All-ACC recognition. Heading into this weekend's NCAA action, Scholl boasts a career singles record of 66-28.
Scholl has also been a solid contributor in doubles over her career, registering an overall record of 59-30. She was ranked as high as No. 66 in the ITA doubles poll her freshman year along with Annie Mulholland and went 4-2 with Mulholland as a sophomore. Last season, Scholl turned in a 21-11 doubles mark, teaming with Smith for a 12-2 ledger on court three.
Scholl will try to lead the Blue Devils to the NCAA Team Championship quarterfinals as No. 15 Duke takes on No. 2 North Carolina at 9 a.m. Friday in Athens, Ga.