Women's Tennis / First-Year / Hong Kong
Claudia Ng is a first-year player on the UChicago women's tennis team. She helped lead UChicago to a 9-0 sweep of NCAA Division II opponent Lewis University over the weekend, picking up wins at No. 1 doubles and No. 4 singles.
Head Coach Jay Tee: "Claudia was outstanding during her first-ever collegiate dual match versus Lewis University. She picked up two convincing wins, including a dominant 8-1 doubles performance with fellow first-year Perene Wang. Claudia’s energy provided an immediate sense of confidence to a young team still dealing with some nerves during their first dual match of the year. In addition to her performance on Saturday, Claudia has been working tirelessly on her fitness, strength, and areas of improvement, all of which directly correlated to her results."
Teammate Eugenia Lee: "Claudia is one of the hardest-working and talented individuals on the team. On the court, she is a fierce competitor. Her come ons and intensity are motivating for the entire team, and it’s clear that her work ethic in improving her game has paid off. As her roommate, I always see her work ethic on full display, and she does more than is asked of her both on and off the court. She is also one of the sweetest people I have met and she genuinely cares so much for her teammates. I’m proud of be one of her teammates, and I’m sure the rest of my team can say the same."
Ng Quick Facts
- In her free time, Claudia likes to browse Instagram for food posts or recommended food spots nearby so that she can plan a day to go there with friends.
- Claudia possesses an Open Water Diver Certification so she can legally dive up to 18 meters.
- Claudia tries to pick a "lucky" shirt the night before a match - something that she's worn in a significant win in hopes that she'll play well in that outfit again.
Other WAA Nominees
Ally Bennett (Women's Track & Field)
- Head Coach Chris Hall: "Ally ran lifetime bests this weekend in both the 200 and on the 4x400-meter relay. She also had a strong performance in the 60-meter dash. This was the first time Ally had run the 400-meter distance and it was really cool to see her perform so well in this event. A split of 61.07 seconds is currently the fourth-fastest on our team and it gives us a great deal of depth now in that event, which is much needed due to the number of 400-meter runners that have to perform in championship meets. Her 200 right now is among the best in the UAA (currently ranking her sixth overall). I personally could not be more pleased with how well Ally is performing currently. Her first year was not what she was hoping for, but it seems she has really gotten comfortable now as a collegiate athlete and her performances are really showing."
Ellie Cambron (Women's Swimming & Diving)
- Head Coach Jason Weber: "Ellie had her best dual meet of the season this past weekend which helped lead us to a win versus DePauw when we were extremely thin on the women’s side and had only 10 women competing. Ellie posted in-season best times in the 100 and 200 breast, winning the 100 and placing third in the 200 and scoring valuable points for a meet that came down to the final events. Ellie really stepped up when her team needed her most and her performances showed how great of a competitor she is and her consistent work ethic throughout the season."
Ashley Gao (Women's Basketball)
- Teammate Nireet Dhillon: "Ashley has done an amazing job this season pushing everyone in practice to be as ready as they can be for games. She knows the scout and the opposing teams better than anyone else and is always the most prepared for each opponent. She is constantly encouraging and brings so much energy to our team that we can’t help but reciprocate and cheer for her after every win!"
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