Honors on the court ... and off

Honors on the court ... and off

By Clay Hamilton

Katie Le '14 makes a strong showing on the courts. Photo Courtesy Santa Clara Athletics
WCC Player of the Year is just one of the honors sophomore Katie Le '14 has garnered both on and off the SCU tennis courts.

In her second season at SCU, Katie Le '14 continued to raise the bar by collecting WCC Player of the Year and All-WCC First Team honors for both her singles and doubles tennis play. It's the first time in school history a women’s tennis player has been so rewarded. And on May 23, she took to the courts at the University of Georgia, becoming the first Santa Clara student-athlete ever to qualify for the NCAA Championship Singles tournament. Le made it to the third set, but lost to Abigail Tere-Apisah of Georgia State.

"I'm really excited about being named WCC Player of the Year because I've been working really hard all season long. It feels great to see my hard work pay off and be recognized for my efforts," Le said.  "It's an honor, especially with the type of competition we play in the WCC."

The Milpitas, Calif., native has had an impressive year, ending the 2012 regular season with an 18-5 record having played every match at the No. 1 singles spot for the Broncos. Le was also named WCC Player of the Month in March after stringing together a 10-match winning streak.

In addition to her honors on the court, Le was named to the WCC All-Academic First Team as she maintains a 3.81 GPA in computer engineering.

"Katie has worked really hard over the two years she's been at Santa Clara. She came in as a great player and has improved greatly since she's been here," said Bronco head coach Ben Cabell. "The whole team is really proud of her accomplishments, and we know she will continue to thrive over the next couple of years."

Visit the Santa Clara Broncos' website for more information on Le and SCU's Women's tennis.

 

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