May 24, 2013

Chao/Wang Fall In NCAA Quarterfinals, Earn All-America Status

Kalamazoo, Mich. - Junior Sammy Chao (Hong Kong) and senior Kara Wang (Saratoga, Calif. - pictured) fell 6-3, 6-3 to second-seeded Gabrielle Clark and Annette Sullivan of Emory in the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Doubles Quarterfinals on Friday afternoon at Kalamazoo College.

Despite the loss, the Sagehen duo earned All-America honors for advancing to the quarterfinals with their three-set win over Coe yesterday. Wang concludes her career as a four-time All-American, earning that distinction three times in doubles and once in singles as a freshman.

Chao, meanwhile, earned All-America honors for the first time in her distinguished career, which saw her go undefeated in singles against Division III competition last spring, mostly playing at No. 2.  

The first set was back and forth in the early going, with the teams splitting the first four games. However, the Emory duo was able to get a key break late in the set up 4-3, and then hold for a 6-3 win in the opening set. 

The momentum carried into the second set, as the Eagles broke serve immediately and then held for a 2-0 lead. Chao and Wang battled the rest of the way, pulling to within 3-2 and 4-3, but were unable to get the key service break they needed as Emory was able to take the final two games to seal the win.

Chao and Wang finished their campaign with a 15-11 record in doubles, playing in the No. 1 spot the entire year. They were also the final Pomona-Pitzer athletes to compete in the 2012-13 academic year, as the Sagehens will next be in action on Friday, August 30 when the Volleyball and Women's Soccer teams host home events to open up the 2013-14 campaign.