Claremont-Mudd-Scripps' Lim still alive in singles, doubles
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Kristin Lim went 3-for-3 on Friday.
Lim, who graduated from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps last Saturday, won all three matches she played Friday in the NCAA Division III championships at Stowe Stadium. The No. 1 seed in the singles tournament, Lim defeated the local favorite, No. 6-seeded Sarah Woods 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. She then beat last year's national champion, No. 3-seeded Gabrielle Clark of Emory 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals.
After that, Lim and her doubles partner, CMS freshman Caroline Ward, who are seeded No. 1 in the doubles tourney, rallied from a set down to defeat Brittany Faber and Leah Kepping of Middlebury in the quarterfinals 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.
“It went a little longer than I had expected,” Lim said. “The main thing is that we got through, even without playing our best tennis. I didn't play my best and in my doubles match I got a little tired. The main thing is that we got through and we will play better tennis [Saturday].”
Lim is scheduled to face No. 2-seeded Lok-Sze Leung of Middlebury Saturday morning for the women's singles national championship, while she and Ward are slated to take on Washington & Lee's Patricia Kirkland and Sonja Meighan in the doubles semifinals.
“I really want to win the singles, but doubles we can't give up and we need to keep the energy going,” Lim said. “As long as we do our thing and do the right things, we'll be okay.”
Honolulu and Edina, Minn. are very, very different places and Lim, who hails from Honolulu and Ward, who is from Edina, are very, very different people. Lim graduated with a degree in economics and accounting and will be working in an entry-level consulting position in Los Angeles. Ward just completed her freshman year, may not even declare a major for another year and lets her doubles partner do most of the talking.
“She's got a great left forehand and I've got a righty forehand,” Lim said