Middlebury's Leung Repeats as ITA Regional Champion
Courtesy of Middlebury College and Williams College Sports Information
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Middlebury sophomore Lok-Sze Leung captured the singles title at the ITA Division III New England Regional Championships for the second year in a row on Sunday. Sophomore Rebecca Curran and junior Kara Shoemaker of Williams claimed the doubles championship at the three-day tournament, which was hosted by MIT and included players from 10 NESCAC teams.
Leung dropped just 17 games over six matches, winning each of her contests in straight sets. She topped teammate Ria Gerger 6-0, 6-0 in the finals to punch her ticket to the ITA National Small College Championships at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama.
The ITA National Small College Championships are comprised of the eight regional champions (and/or at-large selections) from NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community Colleges. The tournament will run from October 11-14.
Curran and Shoemaker defeated juniors Jen Newman and Zoe Pangalos of Amherst 8-6 in the finals of the doubles draw. They will also move on to the ITA National Small College Championships. Shoemaker took home the 2011 title along with Nancy Worley.
The singles draw featured 64 players. Joining Leung and Gerger in the quarterfinals were Curran, Shoemaker, Newman, senior Nancy Worley (Williams), first year Kate Pollan (Williams) and junior Jordan Brewer (Amherst).
In doubles play, Gerger represented Middlebury in the semifinals along with senior Leah Kepping. First year Melita Ferjanic and senior Hillary Hoyt of Trinity were also semifinalists.
Players from Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Connecticut College, Tufts and Wesleyan also participated in the annual event. Complete brackets for both singles and doubles are included above.