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  Karen Chao
School: Rice University
Year: Senior
Home Town: Baton Rouge, La.
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High School: Magnet
Height: 5-9
Birth Date: Saturday, June 26, 1982
Dominant Hand: Right
Singles Record: 69-55
Doubles Record: 68-65

Coach White says - "Karen has developed the full package as a Lady Owl. Starting as a walk-on freshman, she went 11-1 in the fall and never looked back. Among her 20 wins as a junior was the nation’s number one U.S. 16’s player, Macey Breece of Texas. Karen is looking to serve and volley her way to Rice University’s first conference championship. Her ability to do it all is what makes Karen so special."

Rice - Fall 2003: Opened the fall season with three-straight singles wins... Finished with an 8-6 mark... Opened the ITA Southwest Regional Championships with a victory, then notched two more wins in the consolation draw.

2002-03: Tied for second on the team with her 19 singles victories, matching Blair DiSesa’s record of 19-15... Defeated Boise State’s Alyssa Ayling 6-4, 7-6 (7) to break a 3-3 tie and secure the Owls’ first-round upset of the Broncos at the WAC Championships... Played primarily in the four position during dual-match action, winning 10 matches... Also second in doubles victories with 13 victories... Notched a 7-4 singles mark in the fall, winning four of her last five matches... Defeated the former number-one 16-and-under player in the nation, Texas’ Macey Breece, 6-4, 7-5, in the first round of the ITA Southwest Championships... Recorded a pair of straight-set victories in consolation action at the regional tournament, defeating Texas A&M’s Seva Iwinski and Arkansas’ Iliana Pacheco.

2001-02: Finished the year with 17 singles victories... Stepped up her play in dual match action as she went 10-7 in singles with an 8-3 mark at the number six position for the team’s best winning percentage... At the WAC tournament, battled back for a 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 victory against Boise State’s Alyssa Ayling in her final match of the season... Formed a potent team with Natalie Briaud in the spring, finishing 13-3 in doubles, playing primarily at the three position, and winning all three tiebreakers... In the fall, recorded a 7-7 singles tournament play record, losing in the consolation finals in Flight Two of the Harvard Invitational and tallying a win in the first round of the ITA Southwest Regional Tournament... In doubles action with Erika Villalobos, recovered from a tough loss in the first round of the regional tournament to win the next three matches and make it to the final round of the consolation bracket... The pair recorded a 5-5 record for the fall.

2000-01: Had a tremendous start to her first collegiate season, going 19-7 to compile the best overall singles record for the team... Had a six-match winning streak, capped off by claiming the Flight C singles title in the Rice Tennis Classic... Went a combined 9-7 in dual match doubles play, with a 3-1 record while playing at the number two spot with Briaud.

High School: A 2000 graduate of Baton Rouge Magnet High School in Louisiana... Was a four-time letterwinner and four-year starter for the Bulldogs under coach Fred Aldrich... Posted a 16-2 singles record her senior year... Claimed a Louisiana Class 4A state singles title and was a runner-up... Team finished as state runner-up... Qualified for nationals... Was voted most likely to succeed and was an AP Honor Scholar... Was a member of Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta and Student Government Association.

Personal: Full Name: Karen Chao. Birthdate: June 26, 1982, at Erie, Pa. Parents: Andy and Li-chen Chao of Baton Rouge, La. (two sisters). College: Sid Richardson.