VENTURA, Calif. (Apr. 29, 2018) – The Caltech women's tennis team saw success in both the singles and doubles draws at the 118th Annual Ojai Valley Tournament this past weekend. The Beavers' top doubles team headlined the weekend with an appearance in the women's doubles championship.
Junior Kana Moriyama (Redmond, Wash. / Redmond) and freshman Sarina Liu (Rolling Hills, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) entered the women's doubles tournament as the second-seeded team and met expectations with Friday and Saturday victories to set up a Sunday showdown with the top-seeded team from Southwestern University. According to the latest rankings from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, Liu and Moriyama are the region's 14th-ranked team while the team of Schneemann and Cardone from Southwestern are ranked ninth. The Caltech duo came up short in the final, but used the weekend to score two victories over teams from the University of California Santa Cruz and SCIAC foe California Lutheran University. Moriyama, the region's 19th-ranked singles player, also made a run in the singles main draw when she defeated classmate Julia Reisler (Plano, Texas / Greenhill), 6-2, 6-1, to top out as a singles semifinalist. Reisler had previously gone on a run of her own, knocking off the tournament's second-seeded player on Thursday.
Another standout showing on the women's side came from senior Erin Wang (Auburn, Calif. / Del Oro), who used the final matches of her Caltech career to leave a lasting impression. The senior responded to a first-round setback on Thursday by storming through the consolation bracket and eventually scoring a victory in the consolation final. Wang defeated Vasilisa Trofilova of Chapman University 6-1, 6-3 in the semifinal, later beat Annette Sousa of Cal Lutheran in the final (6-3, 6-1) and trudged through all four matches without losing more than four games in any given set.