Hu takes Rookie of the Year honors

By Kate Fratar

For the third straight year, a Maroon took home the UAA’s Rookie of the Year award for women’s tennis.

First-year Chrissy Hu brought the title back to Chicago after going 2–0 in singles and sweeping three doubles matches with second-year Justine Kentla. She shares the league’s top rookie honors with Jennifer Chui from Carnegie Mellon.

Hu follows in the footsteps of third-year Vindya Dayananda and second-year Marissa Lin. Dayananda set the stage for Chicago’s string of best newcomers for the 2006 season. She went on to compete solo at the NCAA tournament that spring. Lin followed up by claiming the award last year and also making the trip to Nationals.

Along with continuing a Maroon tradition, Hu earned a spot on the All-UAA first team. Dayananda joined her with a selection after posting a 2–0 effort playing at second singles.

The league’s announcement of UAA recognition puts the final touch on the regular season for a Chicago squad that captured a fourth-place finish at the tournament last weekend. The Maroons went 10–9 on the season and will hear today if the team or any individuals made the cut for the NCAAs.