Le Receives Third Consecutive Bid to NCAA Singles Championship
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Adding to her already impressive tennis resume, Santa Clara women's tennis player Katie Le has been selected as one of the 64 singles players that will compete in the 2014 NCAA Division 1 Women's Tennis Championship.
Currently ranked No. 29 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), Le will travel to the University of Georgia as an At-Large selection to her third consecutive trip to the NCAA Singles Championships—the only player in program history to do so.
"This is my last year going to the NCAA Tournament, and I cannot wait to go to Georgia in three weeks," said Le. "I'm going to leave every last ounce of effort out there on those courts and am looking forward to showcasing the experience I have gained after all these years."
Singles competition will be conducted May 21-26 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia, following the conclusion of the team championship, which runs from May 15-20. All matches shall be the best of three sets with regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games.
"Katie has had a remarkable career here at Santa Clara," said Bronco head coach Ben Cabell. "Her selection to her third consecutive NCAA tournament is an incredible testament to the wonderful person and player that she is. She deserves all the success that she has had and I think she is a serious threat to win the whole tournament"
Le has played at the No. 1 position for the Broncos in both singles and doubles since arriving to the Mission Campus four years ago. For the 2013-14 season, the senior posts a 28-5 overall record while going 17-2 in dual matches. Le stands atop the all-time leader board with 103 career singles wins with each individual season record in the top 10. Her longest winning streak tallied 13 in a row while going 2-2 against fellow ranked opponents and only being pushed to three-sets five times since September.
A great season highlight came when the Milpitas, Calif. native impressively upset then-No. 19 Lorraine Guillermo on March 22. Le took the first set from her Pepperdine opponent in hardworking fashion, 7-5. The Bronco senior held on strong to close out the match in a commanding second set, 6-4.
Le has been recognized by the WCC for her outstanding play each of her four years of being a Bronco. She holds the title of the 2011 WCC Freshman of the Year and the 2012 WCC Player of the Year along with First and Second-Team honors in singles and every year as a Bronco. Most recently, Le was awarded the No. 1 doubles All-Tournament Team with her partner Chelby Cooke.
The West Coast Conference is also sending Saint Mary's Jenny Jullien and Pepperdine's Lorranine Guillermo to the NCAA Singles Championship.