INDIAN WELLS, CA - The Linfield women's tennis squad was just a bit deeper than Caltech as the Wildcats pulled out a tight 6-3 win.
Caltech came into the match ranked 15th in the west region while Linfield carried a No. 13 ranking into the contest.
All three doubles matches went down to the wire but unfortunately for the Beavers they all went Linfield's way.
Caltech was successful at the top three singles spots. Monica Li and Jenny Sheng each posted straight set wins at the first and second positions respectively. In the third singles match, Michelle Lee pulled out a three-set by winning a super-tiebreaker 10-5.
Playing in the fourth singles spot for the first time in her two seasons with the squad Valerie Pietrasz nearly pulled off a three-set comeback but fell 10-2 in the final set super-tiebreak.
Linfield sealed the win with straight set wins at the final two singles matches.
The Beavers host Principia on Saturday at 2 p.m. to close out their weekend schedule.
Linfield 6, Caltech 3
1. Monica Li (CALTECHW) def. Caroline Brigham (LINFIELD) 6-0, 6-1
2. Jenny Sheng (CALTECHW) def. Kaila Nip (LINFIELD) 6-3, 6-3
3. Michelle Lee (CALTECHW) def. Kelly Watanabe (LINFIELD) 6-3, 3-6, 10-5
4. Marisa Kume (LINFIELD) def. Valerie Pietrasz (CALTECHW) 6-0, 2-6, 10-2
5. Gretchen Jernstedt (LINFIELD) def. Michelle Tang (CALTECHW) 6-3, 6-2
6. Mackenzie Fraser (LINFIELD) def. Sophia Chen (CALTECHW) 6-2, 6-3
1. Caroline Brigham/Mackenzie Fraser (LINFIELD) def. Michelle Lee/Jenny Sheng (CALTECHW) 8-6
2. Kaila Nip/Kelly Watanabe (LINFIELD) def. Sophia Chen/Monica Li (CALTECHW) 8-6
3. Gretchen Jernstedt/Courtney Mostul (LINFIELD) def. Michelle Tang/Valerie Pietrasz (CALTECHW) 9-7