ATHENS, Ga. – Duke's Meible Chi saw an impressive rookie campaign come to an end Thursday in the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship, held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia.
The 43rd-ranked player in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll, Chi battled through a close first set but ultimately lost to No. 47 Mia Horvit of South Carolina, 4-6, 1-6.
After Horvit jumped out to a 3-1 advantage in the opening frame, Chi fought back to even the score at 3-3. Horvit would go on to take the set, though, en route to the second round victory.
"Meible had some opportunities to win some games and I don't think she played as free as she did yesterday," said head coach Jamie Ashworth. "It was a great learning experience for her. That was the first thing she said to me after the match was she'll know next time there's things she can do differently whether it's against Mia Horvit or in this moment or this situation, which is the most important thing. Win or lose she was able to learn something from it and from her year, which she had a great year and something to build on and move forward with. She'll be a great contributor to our program down the road."
Chi wrapped up her first season at 33-16 in singles, with the 33 wins leading all Blue Devils this year. Her 33 singles victories also marked the fourth most by a Duke freshman, making her the first Blue Devil rookie to notch at least 33 singles wins since Reka Zsilinszka had 40 in 2008.
An upset of No. 13 Erin Routliffe of Alabama in Wednesday's first round gave Chi a team-best 10 wins over nationally-ranked opponents this spring.
Chi was joined in Athens this week by senior Chalena Scholl, who also received an at-large bid to the NCAA Singles Championship. Scholl rounded out her collegiate career with a hard-fought loss in the first round.
Chi and Scholl helped guide the Blue Devils to a 22-6 mark in 2017 and a share of the ACC regular season title. Duke advanced to the NCAA Team Championship Round of 16 in Athens before falling to No. 2 North Carolina, and was listed 12th in the final ITA team rankings of the season.