PASADENA (Apr. 13, 2019) – Senior Kana Moriyama (Redmond, Wash. / Redmond) and the 18th-ranked Caltech women's tennis team took care of Chapman University, 8-1, in Saturday's home finale. Moriyama was recognized prior to the match with a brief Senior Day ceremony.
Moriyama, the region's 14th-ranked player, responded with some her best tennis of the season, winning at first singles 6-1, 6-0. The senior teamed with sophomore Sarina Liu (Rolling Hills, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) earlier in the day and won their match, 8-5, to make Moriyama the program's all-time leader in doubles wins. Liu, along with freshman Jennifer Yu (Queens, N.Y. / Stuyvesant) dominated in singles as well with each player picking up a 6-0, 6-0 win to help secure Caltech's ninth victory of the season. Freshman Anna Tifrea (Fullerton, Calif. / Troy) played in a more competitive match at second singles, but also got the job done, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5). Similarly, sophomore Ankita Roychoudhury (Madison, Conn. / Daniel Hand) won her match at sixth singles in competitive, albeit convincing fashion, 6-3, 6-3, for her fifth win of 2019.
Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers will travel to Whittier College on Saturday, Apr. 20 for their 10 a.m. season finale. With four wins in six matches, Caltech has already clinched a spot in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament. A victory on Saturday means the Beavers will be looking at playing the loser of the upcoming match between No. 5 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges and No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges in a coveted 2-3 matchup.