DURHAM, N.C. – Three members of the Duke women’s tennis program were tabbed to the 2019 All-ACC Academic Team, as announced by the conference Friday.
Recent Duke graduate Kaitlyn McCarthy picked up the fourth all-academic recognition of her career while Meible Chi earned the accolade for the third-straight year. Rookie Maria Mateas received the honor for the first time as a Blue Devil.
McCarthy rounded out her time as a Blue Devil with a 104-40 career ledger as she became the 25th player in program history to reach the 100-win plateau. In her final season, the Cary, N.C., native went 22-11 overall, 15-8 in dual matches and 9-2 in conference play where she spent most of her time on court four for Duke.
McCarthy also saw success in doubles with Ellyse Hamlin and Chi. Hamlin and McCarthy reached the highest ranking of 18th in the nation and were 10-4 this spring while Chi and McCarthy finished the year ranked No. 24 and were 11-2 in dual matches, including a flawless 6-0 conference record.
Chi had another successful year as a member of the squad and spent most of the season on court two where she was 10-2. The Weston, Fla., native played to a 26-7 overall ledger this year where she was 15-3 in dual matches, 7-1 in conference play and defeated six nationally-ranked foes. Chi earned the highest ranking of eighth in the country and concluded the season tabbed No. 33.
In doubles action, Chi formed a successful pairing with McCarthy and finished the year ranked No. 24 by the ITA. The tandem went 11-2 in dual matches and boasted an undefeated 6-0 record in conference play.
As a 2019 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-America honoree, Mateas appeared at No. 18 in the final ITA rankings. The ITA National Rookie of the Year played on Duke’s top court all season where she earned the highest ranking of eighth in the country.
A first team All-ACC selection, Mateas posted an 8-3 ledger in conference play, highlighted by upsetting NC State’s then eighth-ranked Anna Rogers (6-1, 6-2) to help the Blue Devils defeat the ninth-ranked Wolfpack. In the fall, Mateas defeated then second-ranked Makenna Jones of North Carolina (6-1, 6-4) in the semifinals of the ITA All-American.
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2019 ACC Women’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Estela Perez-Somarriba, Miami , Jr.
2019 All-ACC Academic Women’s Tennis Team
Natasha Irani, Boston College, So.
Laura Lopez, Boston College, Fr.
Meible Chi***, Duke, Jr.
Maria Mateas*, Duke, Fr.
Kaitlyn McCarthy****, Duke, Sr.
Andrea Garcia, Florida State, Jr.
Petra Hule, Florida State, So.
Ana Oparenovic, Florida State, Sr.
Ariana Rahmanparast, Florida State, Sr.
Emmanuelle Salas, Florida State, So.
Carla Touly, Florida State, Jr.
Jeanette Lin, Georgia Tech, Fr.
Daevenia Achong, Miami, Fr.
Ana Madcur, Miami, Sr.
Lucia Marzal, Miami, Fr.
Daniella Roldan, Miami, Sr.
Estela Perez-Somarriba, Miami , Jr.
Jessica Aney, North Carolina, Sr.
Sara Daavettila, North Carolina, Jr.
Makenna Jones, North Carolina, Jr.
Bianca Moldovan, NC State, Sr.
Amanda Rebol, NC State, Sr.
Cameron Corse, Notre Dame, So.
Zoe Spence, Notre Dame, Jr.
Gabriela Knutson, Syracuse, Sr.
Miranda Ramirez, Syracuse, Jr.
Meghan Kelley, Virginia, Sr.
Sofia Munera, Virginia, Fr.
Samantha Gillas, Virginia Tech, Fr.
Natalie Novotna, Virginia Tech, Jr.
Anna Brylin, Wake Forest, Fr.
Chandler Carter, Wake Forest, Jr.
Emma Davis, Wake Forest, Sr.
Eliza Omirou, Wake Forest, So.
*denotes number of All-ACC Academic honors