Pacific Games gold medalist and world No. 125 Carol Lee had a short visit to another National Collegiate Athletic Association-member school in preparation for her move to the collegiate ranks.
Lee went to Georgia Tech, an NCAA Division 1 school, and she is expected to make a decision where to play next month. Earlier in September, the CNMI junior player also visited Arizona State, Louisiana State, and American University.
Before heading to Georgia Tech last Sunday, Lee was initially entered in the men’s open singles competition in the 10th TanHoldings Tennis Classic this weekend.
Lee, who won the mixed doubles (with Colin Sinclair) event in the 2019 Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa last summer, is seeded first in the highly-anticipated singles event that will also feature her fellow CNMI National Team players Ken Song and Robbie Schorr and head coach Jeff Race. However, Lee, who returned to Saipan early this month after coming from a series of ITF World Tour tournaments in Australia, U.S., Japan, and South Korea in the last three months, will have to forfeit her opening game this Saturday.
The first CNMI player to have played in the U.S. Open Juniors had a bye in the first round of the men’s open singles and would have met Race in the quarterfinals at the upper half of the draw. However, Lee is set to return to Saipan on Saturday at 4am and her game is scheduled at 9:30am.
Race is unseeded in the division and will face junior player Isaac Heo this Friday at the Pacific Island Club Saipan courts. Also scheduled at the top half of the draw is the first round meeting of No. 3 seed Jimin Woo and Kevin Wang this Saturday at the Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan.
At the bottom half of the draw, Schorr and Song, who won the Pacific Games gold medals in the men’s team event, are seeded No. 2 and 4, respectively. Schorr has a bye in the first round and will meet the victor in the opening round game between Jun Cheol Hwang and Sam Ryu. Song, on the other hand, will duel Sean Lee.