The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced that junior Jessica Ly (Torrance, CA) of the University of Redlands women's tennis team is the 2013 Player to Watch in the West Region. While playing in the No. 1 position for the 11th-ranked Bulldogs, she helped Redlands to return to the NCAA Division III Championships for the first time in since 2010 and advance to the second round.
While compiling a 10-14 overall record throughout the 2013 campaign, Ly held a 6-12 record against opponents from nationally ranked foes. One of her biggest wins in the West Region came when she defeated Alexandra Scotten of UC Santa Cruz, the 34th-ranked singles player in NCAA Division III.
This three-time All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) First-Teamer was instrumental in helping the Bulldogs to eclipse the 20-win mark for the first time in program history, finishing with an overall 20-4 mark.
Additionally, she competed on the No. 1 doubles tandem for the Maroon and Gray all year long, racking up an impressive 21-4 overall record and landing at the top of the west-region rankings for doubles' teams. Two key victories for the dynamic duo came in the NCAA Championships during which it defeated the top teams from Whitman College (WA), 9-8 (3), in the First Round, and then Pomona-Pitzer, 8-3, in the Second Round.
Ly joins fellow Bulldog, sophomore Patrick Lipscomb (Irvine, CA) of the men's team, as the West Region's recipients of the 2013 ITA Player to Watch award. They are both now eligible for the ITA's national award, which will be announced at the upcoming NCAA Division III Championships.
For a complete list of the honorees, please visit www.itatennis.com.
Ly and her doubles partner, sophomore Ceara Sumida (Hilo, HI), were selected as alternates to the NCAA Division III Doubles Championships, which begin on Monday, May 23, in Kalamazoo, MI.