Ayala grad at Cal State L.A. honored


Ayala High School graduate Christie Lau of Cal State Los Aneles has been selected to the Capital One Academic All-America NCAA Division II Women’s At Large Team.

Lau, who played at Cal Poly Pomona as a freshman and transferred after the Broncos dropped their program. earned second-team All-America honors in voting done by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.3 grade point average and be a starter or key reserve.

The women’s At Large program includes the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis and water polo.

The kinesiology/exercise science major, was one of 12 tennis players to earn All-America honors and one of only two from the West Region. Hawaii Pacific’s Celina Goetti earned third-team honors. Lau was the only West Region student-athlete to earn first or second-team honors and one of only four West Region student-athletes to be named on any of the three teams.

A total of 45 student-athletes were honored, 15 each on first, second and third teams.

Lau finished the year ranked 30th in the nation. She was 19-6 overall in singles, including a 13-5 mark at No. 1 singles. She was Cal State L.A.’s No. 1 player for the past three seasons and ended her Cal State L.A. career with 60 singles wins and a program-record 52 doubles victories.

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