May 29, 2012

Lok-Sze Leung (Hong Kong) saw her hopes of an NCAA Singles Championship come up one match short, falling in the title match at Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C. The Panther rookie was defeated 6-2, 7-6 (1) by Gabrielle Clark of Emory in the title match. The win avenged a loss for Clark, who was defeated by Leung 6-2, 6-3 back on April 13th. Leung finishes up a stellar rookie season with a record of 34-3.

On day one, Leung won the first set of her opening match 6-0 before Jamie Solomon of Pomona-Pitzer retired in the second set trailing 2-1. Leung then defeated Jordan Wylie of Emory 6-3, 6-4 to advance to Friday’s quarterfinal round.

Junior Leah Kepping (Northport, N.Y.) also competed in singles play, earning a 6-4, 6-4 first-round win over Courtney Lawless of Whitman. The junior was eliminated in the round of 16, falling 6-1, 6-1 to Jennifer Kung of Chicago.

Kepping and her doubles partner, junior Brittney Faber (Minnetonka, Minn.) competed in the 16-team doubles bracket. The duo were eliminated in their first match, trailing 3-2 when they were forced to retire.

Leung has advanced to the title match with two more singles wins on Friday. The day began with a familiar opponent, as Leung faced Kristin Alotta of Williams. The Panther rookie had little trouble, cruising to a 6-0, 6-1 victory. She advanced to face Mackenzie Knoop of Trinity (TX), picking up a 6-1, 6-4 victory in her semifinal contest.

• end of season