TEMPE, Ariz. - University of California San Diego student-athlete Ashley Chao has won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award for the NCAA Division II West Region.
The award recognizes outstanding individuals in all divisions at the regional and national level. Dating back to 1982, the award goes to NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, and JUCO men's and women's players who have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular, and tennis achievements.
Chao, a San Diego native and Rancho Bernardo High School product, recently concluded her junior season as a Triton.
Chao posted a 12-11 record playing in the No. 1 singles spot and went 13-10 with doubles partner Becky Chou, also in the top slot.
In singles play, Chao had a streak in which she won seven of eight contests, including victories over opponents from Division I Villanova and Idaho State. Chao also defeated 11th-ranked Paula Coyos of No. 5 West Florida.
In doubles, her duo won 10 of its first 13 matches of the season. Chao and Chou recorded wins against Hawai'i Pacific, the fourth-ranked team in the nation, as well as DI squads UC Davis and Villanova.
Chao was ranked as high as No. 18 nationally in singles, while her doubles team climbed as high as 27th.
Academically, Chao is a Computer Science major at UC San Diego's Sixth College.
UC San Diego, ranked 22nd currently and as high as fifth during the season, finished its 2018 campaign with an appearance in the NCAA Division West Regionals. The Tritons went 13-11 in dual matches.
The ITA's national award winners will be honored on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the 2018 Division II NCAA Tennis Championships in Surprise, Ariz.