DURHAM, N.C. - A conference second-best five members of the Duke women's tennis team, freshman Meible Chi, sophomore Ellyse Hamlin, junior Samantha Harris, sophomore Kaitlyn McCarthy and senior Chalena Scholl were named to the 2017 All-ACC Academic Team, as announced by the league office Monday. Harris picked up the third all-academic recognition of her career while Scholl, Hamlin and McCarthy are each second-time honorees.
To be considered for the team, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.0 grade point average for the previous two semesters, as well as maintain a 3.0 cumulative average during an individual's academic career.
Chi completed her rookie campaign with an overall ledger of 33-16, primarily playing in the No. 2 singles position. Her 33 wins led the squad and were the fourth most by a Blue Devil freshman in program history. The rookie from Weston, Fla., also tallied 10 victories over nationally ranked opponents, marking the most by a Duke player since Beatrice Capra registered 19 in 2014. Chi, who went 1-1 in NCAA Singles Tournament play, capped the year ranked No. 37 in the Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll and climbed as high as No. 14. Chi and McCarthy teamed up in doubles, going 14-8 overall, all in dual matches from the top court. The pair earned four wins versus nationally ranked pairs and was ranked No. 42 in the final Oracle/ITA poll.
After making her return to the lineup at Florida Gulf Coast on March 15, Hamlin played to a 13-5 dual match record. She anchored the sixth court for all but two of those matches and went 10-3 in ACC play. During the NCAA Team Championship Durham Regional, the Fairfield, Conn., product picked up two wins, downing Madison Craft of Boston 6-0, 6-1 in the Round of 64 and topping Tennessee's Johanna Silva 6-2, 6-4 in the Round of 32.
Harris was the Blue Devils' top choice in the No. 1 singles position all season. She finished with a 13-16 overall record and a 7-7 mark in ACC play. The Melbourne, Australia, product was an ACC third team selection as a sophomore and bumped up to the first team in 2017. Harris climbed as high as No. 49 in the Oracle/ITA singles rankings and ended the year at No. 95. In doubles, Harris and Hamlin paired for the latter part of the spring, compiling an 8-4 mark in dual matches, all in the No. 3 position. At No. 3 North Carolina during the regular season, the duo topped Jessie Aney and Rachael James-Baker 7-6 (3) to clinch the doubles point.
McCarthy ended her sophomore season on a 21-match winning streak, the longest for a Blue Devil since Rachel Kahan won 30 straight from September 18, 2010 – May 22, 2011. McCarthy clinched the match against Tennessee's Sadie Hammond in the NCAA Team Championship Round of 32 with a 7-5, 6-1 victory, sending Duke back to the Round of 16. A native of Cary, N.C., McCarthy turned in a 24-1 dual match record as her only dual setback was a 7-5, 6-4 loss to No. 34 Caroline Brinson of Georgia during the opening round of the ITA Team Indoor Championship. McCarthy ended the year ranked No. 100 in the Oracle/ITA poll.
A second team All-ACC pick this spring, Scholl turned in a strong senior campaign while playing primarily at the No. 3 position in singles. The Pompano Beach, Fla., product finished with a 30-8 mark in singles, going 20-3 in dual matches and 18-2 at the No. 3 spot in the lineup. Scholl, who made her first career NCAA Singles Tournament appearance, notched four victories against ranked opponents. During the course of the year, she climbed as high as No. 34 in the Oracle/ITA singles rankings and ended at No. 66.
2017 ACC Women's Tennis Scholar Athlete of the Year
Hayley Carter, Sr., North Carolina
2017 All-ACC Academic Women's Tennis Team
Asiya Dair, Jr., Boston College
Daniela Ruiz, Jr., Clemson
Constanza Gorches, Fr., Clemson
Meible Chi, Fr., Duke
Ellyse Hamlin, So., Duke
Samantha Harris, Jr., Duke
Kaitlyn McCarthy, So., Duke
Chalena Scholl, Sr., Duke
Gabriela Castaneda, Jr., Florida State
Daniela Schippers, Sr., Florida State
Mariana Humberg, Jr., Louisville
Sinead Lohan, Jr., Miami
Estela Perez, Fr., Miami
Brooke Broda, Jr., NC State
Martina Frantova, Sr., NC State
Jessie Aney, So., North Carolina
Hayley Carter, Sr., North Carolina
Sara Daavettila, Fr., North Carolina
Alexa Graham, Fr., North Carolina
Makenna Jones, Fr., North Carolina
Chloe Ouellet-Pizer, So., North Carolina
Monica Robinson, Sr., Notre Dame
Gabriela Knutson, So., Syracuse
Miranda Ramirez, Fr., Syracuse
Elena Cerezo Codina, Jr., Virginia Tech
Francesca Fusinato, Sr., Virginia Tech
Natalie Novotna, Fr., Virginia Tech
Samantha Asch, Sr., Wake Forest
Luisa Fernandez, Sr., Wake Forest
Kimmy Guerin, Sr., Wake Forest