Shelley Keeler Wins USTA National 40 Singles and Doubles Gold Ball

Shelley Keeler Wins USTA National 40 Singles and Doubles Gold Ball

CLAREMONT, CA. -- Former Pomona-Pitzer women's tennis player Shelley Keeler completed a feat that few have done as she earned her first Gold Ball by winning the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National 40 Doubles and Singles Championship.

Competitors traveled from all over the United States to partake in the USTA Women's 40 Indoor Championships earlier this month at The Club Green Meadows in Vancouver, Washington.  The events were broken down into championship by age groups including: 40's, 50's, 70's, 80's and 90's.  Keeler (Pomona '92) went on to earn championships in the both the singles competition and the doubles competition along with teammate Christine Ben Hayes.

Keeler is no stranger to championships. The Pomona-Pitzer standout ended her career as the most decorated athlete in women's tennis history as she left with five NCAA Championships, three doubles and one singles, as well as the Pomona-Pitzer NCAA Team Championship in 1992 under Head Coach Lisa Beckett.  She also became the first woman to complete the Triple Crown at the Division III level as she won the NCAA Doubles, Singles and Team Championship in 1992.

Outside of her NCAA Championships, Keeler was a seven-time Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Champion, two-time SCIAC MVP and seven-time All-SCIAC selection. Keeler was inducted into the Pomona-Pitzer Hall of Fame in 2002 and also named the top NCAA Athlete for the first 25 years of the Women's Championships in 2006.