BERKELEY – California women’s tennis star Lynn Chi collected yet another honor for her stellar 2013-14 season, as the ITA named her an ITA Scholar-Athlete for the second time in her career on Thursday.
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman through senior year).
Chi, who will be a junior in the fall, capped a strong sophomore season with a run to the final of the NCAA Singles Championship. After reaching the semifinals of the Pac-12 singles tournament and helping the Golden Bears reach the NCAA round of 16 in the team tournament, Chi recorded some major upsets en route to the singles championship match at NCAAs. Ranked 24th at the time, Chi knocked off UCLA’s eighth-seeded and eighth-ranked Jennifer Brady, 6-3, 6-2, in the round of 16. Chi then upset North Carolina’s top-ranked and top-seeded Jaime Loeb, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, in the quarterfinals. She ultimately fell to Virginia’s Danielle Collins, 6-2, 7-5, in the final.
The Cal standout earned All-America status, finalist status for the Honda Sports Award for Tennis, a final ITA ranking of No. 11, Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention and a spot on the All-Pac-12 second team. Chi completed the 2013-14 season with a 38-11 singles record and a 24-13 doubles record. She led Cal in singles victories and tied for the team high in doubles wins on the season.
Additionally, Chi paired with Anett Schutting in doubles to post a 16-7 record and claim a No. 39 final ranking.