Claremont, Calif. - Senior Sammy Chao and sophomore Lea Lynn Yen were one of 16 doubles teams chosen to participate in the NCAA Division III Doubles Championships, beginning on May 19.
Chao (left) and Yen (right) earned All-America honors in the fall by winning the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) West Region championship back in October. The duo advanced to the semifinals of the nationals in Florida before finally falling.
The spring, Chao and Yen have amassed a 14-7 doubles record against a difficult schedule that featured 14 of 19 dual opponents nationally ranked in the top 30.
Chao also qualified in doubles last year when playing with graduated senior Kara Wang. Chao and Wang advanced to the quarterfinals at the Division III nationals to earn All-America honors.
Yen and Chao's efforts this season have helped Pomona-Pitzer climb as high as No. 6 in the national ITA Division III poll and earn a bid to the NCAA Division III Championships. The Sagehens will open play against UC Santa Cruz on Friday at 10 a.m. at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
NCAA DOUBLES QUALIFIERS (alphabetical by school):
Jordan Brewer/Gabby Devlin, Amherst College
Andrea Hammer/Rachel Fox, Chapman University
Tiffany Chen/Megan Tang, University of Chicago
Katie Kuosman/Caroline Ward, Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges
Maggie MacPhail/Caroline Emhardt, DePauw University
Gabrielle Clark/Michelle Satterfield, Emory University
Nancy Benda/Carli Capestany, Hope College
Lindsay Raulston/Shelby Harris, University of Mary Washington
Samantha Chao/Lea Lynn Yen, Pomona-Pitzer Colleges
Ceara Sumida/Jessica Ly, University of Redlands
Lee Ford/Madeline Benn, Skidmore College
Bronte Goodhue/Lindsey Liles, University of the South
Patricia Kirkland/Sonja Meighan, Washington and Lee University
Rebecca Ho/Corinne Rauck, Washington University in St. Louis
Carina Chen/Sojung Lee, Wellesley College
Rebecca Curran/Kara Shoemaker, Williams College