PASADENA (Mar. 30, 2019) – Just days after reassuming its position as the 20th-ranked women's tennis program in Division III, the Caltech women's tennis team came out on the right side of Saturday's 5-4 win against No. 37 University of Redlands.
The Beavers endured three close doubles matches to start the day. Sophomore Ankita Roychoudhury (Madison, Conn. / Daniel Hand) and freshman Jennifer Yu (Queens, N.Y. / Stuyvesant) picked up Caltech's first point of the day, an 8-6 win at third doubles while the host Beavers' first and second doubles teams both fell victim to tiebreaker defeats. Caltech struck back, however with four singles wins to ultimately take the match.
Senior Kana Moriyama (Redmond, Wash. / Redmond) gave the home team a boost at the top of the order with a straight-set victory over the 25th-ranked player in the region. Second singles player Anna Tifrea (Fullerton, Calif. / Troy) also came out on top for the Beavers, needing to get through a first set tiebreaker before finishing off her opponent, 6-2 in the second set. Yu had Caltech's most dominant win of the day playing up at third singles, handling her opponent, 6-1, 6-1, giving Caltech the first three points of singles action and a slight edge with three matches to go. The match ultimately came down the sophomore Sarina Liu (Rolling Hills, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) at fifth singles. The second-year player responded positively, winning a close first set 7-5 before coming out on top in a second-set tiebreaker to clinch the match (7-1), giving the Beavers their first conference win of the season.
Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers will be back at home on Friday, Apr. 5, when they host California Lutheran University at 3 p.m.