NORMAN – Senior Lily Miyazaki saw her season and career come to a close Wednesday when she fell to Duke’s Meible Chi in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships in Winston Salem, N.C.
Miyazaki lost 6-3, 6-4 and finished the season at 15-7 overall.
A native of Tokyo, Japan, Miyazaki cemented her place in Oklahoma history, finishing tied for third in career wins with a 96-35 record. Miyazaki also tied for fourth in career winning percentage (minimum 70 matches) with a .731 mark.
Posting a 29-8 record as a junior in 2016-17, Miyazaki tied for sixth in OU history in single-season wins.
The senior is one of just three Sooners in program history to earn a bid to the NCAA singles tournament, joining Nicole Kenneally (1994) and Anda Perianu (2003, 2004) on that elite list. Miyazaki is the only OU player besides Perianu to make multiple tournament appearances.
In 2016, Miyazaki won the Division I Women's Central Regional Championship, and by virtue of that victory received an automatic bid to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships as the first Sooner to do so since 2009.
Miyazaki played at No. 1 singles for the entirety of her career and is a three-time All-Big 12 Singles First Team selection. She was named the 2017 ITA Central Region Player to Watch and earned Co-Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors as well as ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year recognition in 2015. She achieved a career-high ITA singles ranking of No. 10 nationally in 2017.
Miyazaki excelled in the classroom, finishing her undergraduate career with a 4.0 GPA. Her work off the court has garnered her multiple awards, including three Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors, back-to-back CoSIDA Academic All-District Women's At-Large Team awards, ITA All-Academic team recognition, and Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year co-honors in 2017. Most recently, Miyazaki earned the NCAA Elite 90 Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 90 championships.
The Sooners will return to action in the fall. The tournament schedule will be released at a later date.
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