May 4, 2013

Beavers Close Solid Year at SCIAC Championships

LA VERNE, CA – The Caltech women's tennis season came to a close at the 2013 SCIAC Championships hosted by the La Verne.

The event brought to a close one of the more successful seasons in recent memory for the Beavers.

#1 CMS 6, Caltech 0 (Results)

Caltech started the championships against top seeded, and the nation's No. 2 team, ClaremontMuddScripps. The Athenas won the match 6-0. The defending champions dropped just three games during doubles play then clinched the match with straight sets wins at the No. 4-No. 6 singles positions.

Whittier 5, Caltech 4 (Results)

Playing in the consolation semifinals the Beavers nearly upset Whittier but the Poets prevailed 5-4. In what proved to be a pivotal difference in the match, the fifth seed Poets took two of the three doubles matches. Caltech's top team of Rebekah Kitto and Monica Li won 8-3 as the team's headed into singles play.

The Beavers cruised in the top three matches as Kitto, Li and Stephanie Kwan all won in straight sets. The trio combined to drop just 12 of a possible 30 games. However, the singles matches at the No. 4-No.6 matches went Whittier's way as they pulled out the team win.

Caltech 6, Cal Lutheran 3 (Results)

Caltech didn't leave the championships without a win as the exacted a measure of revenge against Cal Lutheran. After falling to Regals earlier in the year 5-4, the Beavers won their final match of the season 6-3 against the seventh seed.

The Beavers started well as they won two of the three doubles matches. Kitto and Li prevailed in the top spot while Kwan and Jessica Yu teamed up for a victory at the No. 2 spot.

Caltech continued that winning trend into singles play. Kitto cruised in her match at the No. 1 spot 6-0, 6-3 while Li pulled out a 7-6, 7-5 win at the No. 2 position. Jessica Yeung and Zeke Millikan each recorded straight sets wins at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots respectively to seal the win in the seventh place match.

The Beavers prevailed in seven matches during the year; three of which came during SCIAC play. Both win totals are the most for a Caltech squad since the 2000 season.