INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The draws for the 2017 Women's Tennis NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships were released Tuesday with senior Chalena Scholl and freshman Meible Chi set to compete in the first round of singles play on Wednesday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
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. Scholl opens play against Jade Lewis [9-16 seed] of LSU on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Chi takes on Alabama's Erin Routliffe [9-16 seed] at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. In the latest Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll, Lewis is No. 11, Routliffe is No. 13, Chi is No. 43 and Scholl is No. 55.
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 the NCAA Singles Championship with a 30-7 mark in singles, going 20-3 in dual matches and 18-2 at the No. 3 spot in the lineup. The 30 singles wins are two shy of Chi for the most on the Blue Devil squad. Scholl has notched four victories against ranked opponents this season. During the course of the year, she has climbed as high as No. 34 in the Oracle/ITA singles rankings.
Chi has compiled an overall ledger of 32-14 from the No. 2 spot in Duke's singles lineup, with the 32 wins leading the squad and tying her for the fourth most by a Blue Devil freshman. The rookie from Weston, Fla., also owns nine victories over nationally-ranked opponents, marking the most by a Duke player since Beatrice Capra registered 19 in 2014. Chi, who went 2-1 in NCAA Team Championship singles play, has ranked among the top 40 in the ITA singles poll throughout the spring, climbing as high as No. 14.
Scholl and Chi helped Duke finish 13-1 in conference play to tie for the ACC regular season title. The championship was the Blue Devils' first since 2012. Last week, No. 15 Duke advanced to the NCAA Team Championship Round of 16 in Athens before falling to No. 2 North Carolina.