Photo by Michael Wong
CLAREMONT, Calif. (Apr. 30, 2016) – A spirited rally in singles fell just short for Caltech women's tennis against West No. 12 University of La Verne on Saturday, less than 24 hours after the Beavers had faced national No. 3 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges.
Caltech finishes the regular season at 7-9 overall and in sixth place at 2-5 in the SCIAC, earning the Beavers the #7 seed in this weekend's SCIAC Championships.
Caltech 0, No. 3 Pomona-Pitzer 9
Pomona-Pitzer did not drop a game at either #2 or #3 doubles, but junior Sophia Chen (Newport Beach, Calif. / Corona Del Mar) and sophomore Vinci Chen (Austin, Texas / Westwood) managed to take two games against the Sagehens' West No. 1doubles team. The hosts went on to sweep all six singles courts, although freshman Julia Reisler (Plano, Texas / Greenhill) made a match of it at #2, going down 6-3, 6-3. Freshman Kana Moriyama (Redmond, Wash. / Redmond), sophomore Erin Wang (Auburn, Calif. / Del Oro) and freshman Cecelia Andrews (Orinda, Calif. / Miramonte) each won two games at #3, #5 and #6, respectively.
Caltech 4, La Verne 5
The Beavers went toe-to-toe with the higher-ranked Leopards from the outset, splitting the first doubles matches before narrowly dropping the third. The foes split courts #1 and #3 by identical 8-4 scores, with La Verne narrowly pulling out #2 doubles, 8-6.
La Verne soon stretched the match lead to two at 3-1 with a victory at #1 and pulled within a point of clinching the match with another win at #6, but the rally was already well underway at that point. Moments later, Moriyama claimed #3 singles (6-4, 6-0) and was followed shortly by Wang in a 6-3, 6-2 decision at #5. Meanwhile, Reisler had begun to tire at #2 after sealing a 6-4 first set, dropping her second 6-1. Sophia Chen came up with a clutch 6-2, 7-5 victory at #4 in her fourth match in 24 hours since returning from injury to tie it up at 4-4, but Reisler would go down fighting at #2, 6-4 in the third, to decide the match.
Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers will head to #2 seed and national No. 4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (16-4, 7-1) on Friday, May 6 at 3 p.m.