Fall Signing Week '16: Chiu Heads to Dartmouth
by James Hill, 10 November 2016
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During her 18 years on this Earth, Abigail Chiu's life's journey has taken her from Hong Kong to Austin, Texas.
Next year, Chiu will make yet another trip, to Hanover, New Hampshire. The talented Chiu will become a member of the Dartmouth College
women's tennis team.
"I selected Dartmouth," Chiu related, "because it has absolutely everything I want, ranging from the great academics, the competitive tennis program, a diverse student body, a beautiful campus, and most of all the feel and vibe when I'm there."
The Dartmouth head coach is Bob Dallis, Ed.D., who is in his 15th year at the helm. Last season, the Big Green tied for second place in the Ivy League and was ranked No. 45 in the Oracle/ITA national rankings. Dartmouth's top doubles team, Taylor Ng and Kristina Mathis, also qualified for the 2016 NCAA Doubles Championship following a 14-1 record and a semifinals finish at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. In 2015, the Big Green reached the round of 32 at the NCAA team championship and Ng qualified for the NCAA singles championship. Dallis also led Dartmouth to a first-ever Ivy League crown in 2011, and his team has been ranked as high as No. 18 in the nation.
The Big Green are excited about getting an experienced player like Chiu. She has performed well in big-time tournaments, posting ten wins in the four USTA super-nationals this year, going 3-0 at the National Team Championships in early August and winning five USTA National Open Singles Championships.
Chiu is also, by any definition, an accomplished doubles player, having won eight national titles, most recently the championship at the USTA Girls 18 Clay Court Nationals this past summer in Memphis. Chiu was ranked No. 1 in Girls 16 Doubles, and she also captured a Gold Ball at the Easter Bowl 14s in 2013. Chiu has also won ITF titles, including tournaments in Paraguay, Daytona Beach, and in her hometown of Austin.
Chiu, originally from Hong Kong, was a member of the Hong Kong National Team. Among other tournaments, Chiu represented Hong Kong at the Longines Future Tennis Aces in Paris. She attended in 2010, which was the inauguration of this prestigious event.