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Meible Chi
Chi Downs Routliffe in First Round of NCAA Singles
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/24/2017
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ATHENS, Ga. – Duke freshman Meible Chi and senior Chalena Scholl competed in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championships today at the Dan McGill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

No. 43 Chi took the courts first this morning to compete against No. 13 Alabama's Erin Routliffe and secured a spot in the round of 32 with a 6-2, 6-3 victory.

“Meible did a good job getting off to a good start and controlling her emotions because I'm sure she was a little nervous as this was her first individual tournament,” head coach Jamie Ashworth said. “She played smart and very disciplined. She controlled her shot selection really well and never gave her opponent anything to feed off of. It was a great first match for her.”

With the first set even 2-2, Chi bounced back to reel off the final four games. The second set had Chi hop out to a 4-1 advantage before Routliffe attempted a comeback but ultimately fell short to close the match. With the win, Chi is now 33-15 overall.

“I was really happy to be out on the courts here again and really happy with how I played,” Chi said. “I felt confident in my game and I'm excited to play tomorrow. Today was just a really good sign for me.”

Chi will take on No. 47 Mia Horvit of South Carolina in the round of 32 tomorrow morning at 9 am.

Later in the afternoon, No. 55 Scholl battled the weather in Athens through several rain delays and ultimately fell to No. 11 Jade Lewis of LSU 4-6, 6-2, 4-6.

“It was a tough match to lose and she played really well,” Ashworth said. “She did a great job coming back from losing the first set and did everything we could have asked for. She has given so much of herself to our program, both physically and emotionally over her four years. She is definitely a tough one to lose. You don't want to see someone like that ever lose and she competed today like she has for the last four years for us. I know she's upset but we are so proud of everything she has done during her time here and she needs to be proud as well.”

Scholl battled late in the first set after trailing 1-3 but eventually dropped the decision 4-6. Scholl, however, turned it around in the second set to dominate to a 6-2 showing.

In the deciding third set, the games were even at two before trailing 3-5. Scholl answered by winning one game but gave up the final game 4-6.

Live scoring and video for tomorrow's match can be found here.