CLAREMONT, Calif. (Apr. 3, 2015) – Sophomore Sophia Chen (Newport Beach, Calif. / Corona Del Mar) and freshman Rachel Morton (Oxford, Ohio / Talawanda) won at #2 and #5 singles, respectively, as the Caltech women's tennis team battled the No. 26 University of La Verne at the Claremont Club on Friday afternoon.
The Leopards posted a 7-2 victory to improve to 9-4 overall and 3-1 in the SCIAC, while the Beavers are now 5-8 (0-5).
La Verne swept doubles, including a pair of 8-0 wins at courts #1 and #3 while freshmen Vinci Chen (Austin, Texas / Westwood) and Grace Yao (La Palma, Calif. / Oxford Acad.) notched a pair of games for Caltech at #2. The Leopards clinched the match shortly after singles play commenced as the No. 11-ranked player in the West region, Laina Matsuda, did not drop a game at #1 and Areli Martinez closed out #6 quickl, 6-1, 6-0.
The Leopards also won #3 and #4 singles in straight sets, but the Beavers left on a high note with victories in the final two matches. Both Chen and Morton won their first set by identical 6-4 scores, and Morton dominated the second, 6-1, to earn the Beavers' first point. Chen had some more work to do after dropping her second set, 6-3, but responded emphatically with a 10-3 superbreaker.
Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers will meet Occidental College (1-11, 0-5) at Scholl Canyon tomorrow, Saturday, Apr. 4.