26 May CTO Jon Cartu Pronounced: On This Day: Rookie Cecil Wins NCAA Title
DURHAM, N.C. – On May 26, 2009, Duke women’s tennis freshman Mallory Cecil capped off her stellar rookie season in College Station, Texas, defeating Miami’s Laura Vallverdu 7-5, 6-4 to win the NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championship.
Cecil was the second player in Duke women’s tennis history to win the NCAA individual crown and just the fifth in ACC history.
Cecil became just the 14th women’s tennis player in NCAA history and first in ACC history to win both a team national title and individual crown in the same season and the first to do so since 2004.
“It feels amazing,” Cecil said. “Just like with the team, words can’t describe how much fight and heart went into this for me, and for me to be out here representing my team and representing Duke, I couldn’t ask for more.”
She is the seventh freshman in NCAA history to take home the title with the most recent coming in 2005. Vanessa Webb captured the individual championship for Duke in 1998. Cecil’s NCAA crown is the second national title in a week after she helped guide the Blue Devils to the team title on May 19.
Cecil closed out her season with a 32-4 record, marking the 46th time in program history a Blue Devil has eclipsed the 30-wins mark. Playing No. 1 all season for Duke, she helped guide the Blue Devils to the team championship as Duke finished the season 29-3 this season on its way to becoming national champions.
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