Solomon Falls To Top Seed In NCAA Opening Round

Cary, N.C. - Junior Jamie Solomon (Los Gatos, Calif.) retired in the second set, down 6-0, 2-1 to top-seeded Lok-Sze Leung of Middlebury, in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Singles Championships on Thursday morning.

The loss ends Solomon's season with an 11-11 singles record. She entered the postseason ranked No. 14 nationally by the ITA.

Solomon had a tough draw as Leung was undefeated this spring against Division III opponents, suffering her only singles loss of the year against NAIA Vanguard in a third-set tiebreaker. She defeated Solomon 6-1, 6-1 during the regular season, three days after beating No. 1 ranked Kristin Lim of CMS.

Solomon will be back for her senior season in 2013, as will the other top five singles players for the Sagehens, sophomore Sammy Chao (Hong Kong, China), junior Kara Wang (Saratoga, Calif.), sophomore Arthi Padmanabhan (Saratoga, Calif.) and junior Jessica Hsu (Henderson, Nev.).

Pomona-Pitzer will need to replace the senior doubles team of Nicole Holsted (Edmund, Okla.) and Emily Kawahara (Sacramento, Calif.), though. Holsted and Kawahara closed out the year with two wins at No. 3 doubles against CMS (one in the SCIAC championship, one in the NCAA West Region finals), while Holsted won both of her singles matches in the NCAA West Region.