CLAREMONT, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2018) – All four participating members of the Caltech women's tennis won matches on the opening day of this weekend's Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III West Regional Championship.
The Beavers opened the day on a high note with both doubles teams advancing to the second round, guaranteeing Saturday matches for every player. First, Caltech's fifth-seeded duo consisting of sophomores Anna Tifrea (Fullerton, Calif. / Troy) and Michelle Hyun (Cerritos, Calif. / Gretchen Whitney) dusted Baruah and Lopez of Whittier College, 8-2, leaning on the brief amount of time they played together as freshmen. Meanwhile, junior Ankita Roychoudhury (Madison, Conn. / Daniel Hand) teamed with freshman Nina Solovyeva (Houston, Texas / Memorial) to defeat the Poets' Rodriguez and Schmidt, 8-4 to advance to the second day. Both teams are now looking at second-round matches against doubles teams from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, though Tifrea and Hyun remain the highest seeded team out of the quartet.
Additionally, each of the Beavers' four players won at least one singles match on the tournament's opening day. Tifrea and Hyun advanced to the second round of the Flight A singles tournament, with Tifrea upsetting seeded Marcus from Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, 6-0, 6-2, and Hyun avenging a loss from last year against Lehman from the University of Redlands, 6-1, 6-3. Both players ran into second round trouble, however and have since been eliminated from the remaining 16-woman field. Solovyeva, meanwhile took a tough loss to seeded Lee of CMS in the first round, but rebounded in the first round of consolation play with a dominant 6-2, 6-1 victory over Phillips of Chapman University. Roychoudhury competed in the Flight B draw and managed to defeat her first round opponent, Whittier's Schmidt, 7-5, 6-4, before falling to seeded Alvarez of California Lutheran University in the following round.
Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers will return to Claremont tomorrow, with second-round doubles action set to get underway at 10 a.m.