October 3, 2011

            First-year player Lok-Sze Leung (Hong Kong) captured the singles title at the USTA/ITA Division III Women's New England Regional Championship on Sunday, as the three-day tournament concluded at Bates College.

            The Hong Kong native routed Nancy Worley of Williams in Sunday afternoon's final, 6-0, 6-1. Leung now advances to play in the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships, Oct. 13-16 in Mobile, Ala.

            Leung, the fourth seed at the tournament's outset, got past Middlebury junior  teammate Leah Kepping (Northport, N.Y.) in Sunday morning's semifinal round, 6-1, 6-4. Worley also defeated a teammate, unseeded Williams first-year Maria Pylypiv, 6-2, 6-1 in the other semi.

            Amherst's Jordan Brewer and Laura Danzig won the doubles competition, defeating Nancy Worley and Kara Shoemaker of rival Williams in the championship match by an 8-5 score. Brewer and Danzig outlasted Middlebury's Leung and senior Sally Wilkey (Vero Beach, Fla.) 9-7 in Sunday morning's semifinals, while Worley and Shoemaker defeated a different Amherst pair, Jennifer Newman and Zoe Pangalos, 8-5 in the other semifinal.

            Kepping defeated top-seeded Jordan Brewer of Amherst on Saturday in the Round of 16, the standout performance of the second day. Kepping, one of the players who started the singles competition as one of the pool of seeds 9 through 16, got past Brewer by a 7-6(2), 6-1 score, then defeated 5-8 seed Kara Shoemaker of Williams 6-2, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.
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