PASADENA (Mar. 30, 2019) – Five singles victories lifted the 20th-ranked Caltech women's tennis team to a comeback victory over a game California Lutheran University team in Friday's SCIAC match.
The Beavers entered singles competition in a 2-1 hole, but top doubles team consisting of senior Kana Moriyama (Redmond, Wash. / Redmond) and sophomore Sarina Liu (Rolling Hills, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) gave the hosts hope with an 8-4 victory to begin the day.
From that moment on, Caltech dominated Cal Lutheran with a quintet of straight-set singles wins. Freshman Anna Tifrea (Fullerton, Calif. / Troy) won big at second singles, 6-0, 6-4, and classmate Jennifer Yu (Queens, N.Y. / Stuyvesant) held her opponent scoreless over both sets at third singles. Sophomore Ankita Roychoudhury (Madison, Conn. / Daniel Hand) was the second Caltech player off the court, winning her match at sixth singles 6-3, 6-0, while Liu won her match, 6-2, 6-1, at fourth singles. Last but not least, freshman Michelle Hyun (Cerritos, Calif. / Gretchen Whitney) grinded out a 6-2, 6-2, win in the longest match of the day at fifth singles. Caltech freshman have now combined for 25 total singles wins in the regular season without showing any signs of slowing down.
Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers will turn around to battle Occidental College tomorrow morning in Eagle Rock.