Photo: Michael Wong
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (Apr. 20, 2018) – The Caltech women's tennis team ended its 2018 season on a high note when the Beavers defeated California Lutheran University, 8-1, on Friday evening.
The Beavers gave the Regals a different look in doubles action, as freshmen Sarina Liu (Rolling Hills, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) and Ankita Roychoudhury (Madison, Conn. / Daniel Hand) played together for the first time all season and picked up a hard fought 8-6 victory at second doubles. Meanwhile, junior Julia Reisler (Plano, Texas / Greenhill) combined with senior Vinci Chen (Austin, Texas / Westwood) at third doubles as the duo cruised to an 8-1 win over the Regals.
The Beavers dominated the Regals in singles play, though junior Kana Moriyama (Redmond, Wash. / Redmond) needed to overcome some first-set adversity in order to pull out the win at first singles. Moriyama, the 21st-ranked player in the region, knotted things up at one set apiece with a 6-3 triumph before winning the super tiebreaker in decisive 10-5 fashion. Just as notably, seniors Erin Wang (Auburn, Calif. / Del Oro) and Sarah Cai (Livermore, Calif. / West Lafayette Jr./Sr.) picked up singles wins in the fourth and fifth positions in the final regular season match of their Caltech careers. Wang finished the season with a team-high 11 singles wins, the most single-season wins in her career while concluding her tenure as the second winningest singles player in Caltech women's tennis history.
Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers finish 2018 fifth in the SCIAC, with three conference wins to their name including two in a row to end the season. The team will now turn its attention to the Ojai Valley Tournament, set to begin on Wednesday, Apr. 25.