Ly and Sumida Repeat as All-Americans, UR Women's Tennis Ranks 18th in Final National Poll
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced last week that senior Jessica Ly (Torrance, CA) and junior Ceara Sumida (Hilo, HI) garnered All-America recognition, while the University of Redlands women's tennis team capped off a strong season with a final national ranking of No. 18. In addition, the Bulldogs landed fourth in the West Region in the last poll of the season.
After finishing the 2014 campaign as the eighth-ranked doubles team in the country, Ly and Sumida collect their second-consecutive All-America nod. This stellar tandem completed the season with a 13-10 record while taking on formidable opponents from some of the best programs in the nation. The Redlands duo qualified for the NCAA Division III Doubles Championships for the first time before exiting on a tough three-set loss to the nation's fourth-ranked team from Emory University (GA).
To gain All-America status, individuals must meet one of five criteria for either singles and/or doubles. These, along with a list of Redlands' past honorees, are available here. Overall, the Bulldogs boast 10 different All-Americans, including four since 2009-10.
As a team, Redlands completed the 2014 season with a top-25 ranking for the fourth year in a row and the 12th time in the last 13 years. While taking on a challenging slate of opponents, the Bulldogs faced 10 teams from the ITA's Top-30 Poll, including six among the top 10.