May 14, 2013

Wang, Lange Earn Major Honors From ITA

Claremont, Calif.  - Senior Kara Wang (Saratoga, Calif.) earned the West Region Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership Award, and Rebecca Lange was named the West Region Assistant Coach of the Year, it was announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association this week.

Wang has been a standout player for the Sagehens all four years, earning All-America honors in singles and doubles as a freshman. She battled a shoulder injury in the second half of her career, but qualified for the NCAA Division III Doubles championships again this year, along with junior Sammy Chao (Hong Kong), as the duo compiled a 14-8 record during the regular season against a tough schedule.

Wang and Chao will compete in the NCAA Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan on May 23-25, as one of 16 doubles teams who were chosen for the event.

Lange is in her second season as an assistant coach with the Sagehens, after a standout career from 2006-09. Lange was a three-time All-American for Pomona-Pitzer and helped the Sagehens reach the NCAA Division III semifinals as a junior and the quarterfinals as a senior. She also won the Arthur Ashe award as a junior in 2008, and was the ITA West Region Rookie of the Year in 2006.

In addition to her coaching duties this year, Lange has also been working on a master's degree in education at Claremont Graduate University and completed the Los Angeles Marathon.

Pomona-Pitzer finished the 2013 season with a 15-7 record, finishing as the runner-up in the SCIAC and the NCAA West Regionals.