Chao/Yen Advance To NCAA Quarterfinals With Straight Set Win
Claremont, Calif. - Senior Sammy Chao and sophomore Lea Lynn Yen advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Women's Doubles Championships with a 6-1, 6-2 win in the opening round on Thursday at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
With their win over Carina Chen and Sojung Lee of Wellesley, Chao (pictured left) and Yen (pictured right) move on to face the top seed in the field, Shelby Harris and Lindsay Raulston of Mary Washington, in the NCAA quarterfinals tomorrow at 4 p.m.
The victory also enables Chao and Yen to earn All-America honors for the second time this calendar year, after the duo won the ITA West Region Championship in September and advanced to the national semifinals in October. Chao also reached the NCAA Division III quarterfinals last spring, with graduated senior Kara Wang.
Chao and Yen wasted no time in taking control of the match, winning the first four games to jump out to a 4-0 lead. Wellesley held for their first game, but the Sagehens took the next to for a 6-1 win.
The second set started out tighter, as Wellesley started out with a break for a 1-0 lead. Both sides then kept breaking each other until it was tied 2-2, when Pomona-Pitzer became the first team to hold after several deuces on Yen's serve. The Sagehens then broke for a 4-2 lead, and with the score 30-30 in the next game, Chao painted the line with a forehand winner and Yen feathered a drop volley from her ankles over the net for a 5-2 lead.
The final two points saw Yen come to the net for a volley to give the Sagehens a match point, and Chao finished it off with a volley to complete the 6-1, 6-2 win.
Chao and Yen faced Raulston and Harris earlier this season and came away with an 8-4 at the Pauley Tennis Complex back on March 7. The Sagehens won the team decision 8-1, with Raulston edging Chao at No. 1 singles 12-10 in a third-set tiebreaker for the lone point for the Eagles.