LA JOLLA, Calif. - Just ahead of Thursday's start to the fall quarter, two University of California San Diego women's tennis student-athletes will head to Azusa on Wednesday, Sept. 26, for the 2018 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Championships.
The two Tritons accompanying head coach Liz LaPlante, who is in her milestone 40th season in charge, are Alexandra Weil and Chloe Wight. Each will compete in singles, while also teaming up for doubles. A third fourth-year senior, Ashley Chao (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo HS), who was UC San Diego's No. 1 singles player last spring, had to withdraw early Wednesday due to illness. Her doubles partner the past two years, the Tritons' No. 2 in singles, junior Becky Chou, is also unavailable this week.
The three-day annual fall tournament will run from Thursday, Sept. 27, through Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Munson and Bavougian Tennis Complex on the campus of Azusa Pacific University. It is the only date on the Tritons' fall calendar for the third straight year, though their annual alumni event will again take place during UC San Diego Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 20, tentatively at 9:30 a.m. at the Northview Tennis Courts on North Campus.
"Because this tournament falls before we've even had a practice, it's difficult to assess how they are playing," said LaPlante, who will only meet with her team for the first time on Wednesday afternoon before loading up with her Triton duo for the drive to Azusa. "However, I know they have been training a lot over the summer, so I'm looking forward to watching them compete."
LaPlante's Tritons finished the 2018 campaign ranked No. 25 as a team in the Oracle/ITA Division II poll, with a 13-11 dual record. The season ended in Honolulu, Hawai'i, with a 5-1 defeat as the fourth seed, to second-ranked and top-seeded Hawai'i Pacific at the NCAA West Regional. Chou, Chao and Weil wound up rated No. 15, No. 28 and No. 33, respectively, in singles nationally, with Chou garnering ITA All-America distinction. Chao and Chou were No. 36 in doubles.
Parking at Azusa Pacific is available in lots H and I. Admission is free. UC San Diego's 2019 dual-match schedule will be released at a later date.
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