URBANA, Ill. – A thrilling spring season for sophomore Cindy Chala came to a close on Thursday afternoon at the cloud-covered NCAA Singles Championships.
Stanford's Krista Hardebeck, who entered the tournament ranked 14th in the country, rallied to defeat Chala, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 and end the sophomore's debut season with the Rams.
The Versailles, France native looked in control early dominating the first set 6-1 and quickly jumping out to a 5-1 lead in the second set. However, Hardebeck responded with six straight points to take the second set.
The two would battle back and forth in the third set before Hardebeck seized control and took the set, 6-4, to end Chala's sensational spring.
In just her first collegiate season, Chala went 15-5 at the top spot in VCU's singles lineup. Her outstanding effort earned her Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Player honors and helped the Rams capture the 2013 A-10 Championship.
Chala was the first VCU woman to earn a berth in the NCAA Singles Championships since Tatsiana Uvarova in 2006.