CLAREMONT, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2016) – Caltech women's tennis will send a record-tying five Beavers to the ITA West Regional Championship hosted by Pomona-Pitzer Colleges this weekend.
The only senior on the team, Sophia Chen (Newport Beach, Calif. / Corona Del Mar) leads a group that also includes two sophomores and both freshman recruits. Chen appears to have received a favorable draw in what will be her final ITA appearance with former two-star University of Redlands sophomore Madison Ross, who played a single match as a rookie. Should Chen prevail, she will likely face Madison Shea, a three-star recruit for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges and one of eight #9 seeds in the field.
Sophomores Kana Moriyama (Redmond, Wash. / Redmond) and Julia Reisler (Plano, Texas / Greenhill) are also set to compete after their successful rookie seasons in 2016, including Reisler's deep run to the semifinals in the first consolation bracket of last year's Fall ITA. Moriyama has drawn Pomona-Pitzer College #9 seed Arianna Chen, a former three-star recruit who posted an 8-3 record in singles between courts #5 and #6 as a rookie in 2016 but defeated Reisler at #2 (6-3, 6-3). Reisler, meanwhile, is the clear favorite in a first-round match against Colorado College's Annie Zlevor, who has never beaten a player of Reisler's caliber based on Universal Tennis Rating. Reisler will be eyeing a second-round faceoff with #9 Nicole Tan of CMS, an international recruit from Singapore with a superior UTR.
Freshmen Alexandra Bodrova (Russia / Kurchatovskya School) and Angelica Zhou (Temple City, Calif. / Arcadia) will be making their first appearance in a Caltech uniform and both would appear to have reasonable chances to start their career with a win. Bodrova, who has not played competitively in over a year, is matched up against Pomona-Pitzer's Olivia Mendoza, who was ranked outside the Top 500 recruits this past year but did beat three players with a 7 UTR across 2014 and 2015. Zhou squares off with Julia Hausmann, a junior at Redlands who has not appeared in a match in her first two years. A pair of #9 seeds await both Caltech rookies should they advance to the second round.
Bodrova and Zhou will partner for doubles as well, with a first round matchup against the #8-seeded Redlands duo of Shawnea Pagat amd Sarah Ikioka, the No. 164- and No. 193-ranked recruits in the country. Moriyama and Reisler will also team up to take on Chapman University's Nicole Fouts (2-17 at #2 doubles) and Raven Hampton (1-star recruit) before potentially challenging CMS's Tan and Lindsay Brown, who advanced to the quarterfinals in doubles and Round of 16 in singles of last year's tournament.
#9 Chen d. Moriyama (6-3, 7-6 ); Moriyama d. McDonald (7-5, 7-5); Moriyama d. Kubota (6-2, 6-0); Moriyama d. Mendoza (6-2, 6-0); Moriyama d. Dolan (6-1, 6-0); Roth d. Moriyama (6-0, 6-1)
Reisler d. Zlevor (6-2, 6-1); #9 Tan d. Reisler (6-2, 6-3); Reisler d. Kurdys (1-6, 6-4, 10-3); Reisler d. Kim (6-3, 6-2); #3 Kim d. Reisler (6-3, 7-5)
Zhou d. Haussmann (6-0, 6-0); #9 Cruz d. Zhou (6-2, 6-0); #3 Kim d. Zhou (6-2, 6-1)
Bodrova d. Mendoza (7-6 , 7-5); #9 Ikioka d. Bodrova (6-0, 6-2); #9 Murnin d. Bodrova (wo.)
Ross d. Chen (6-2, 6-2); Chen d. Silverman-Stoloff (6-3, 6-1); Dolan d. Chen (6-3, 6-1)
Moriyama/Reisler d. Fouts/Hampton (8-3); #4 Brown/Tan d. Moriyama/Reisler (8-0)
Ikioka/Pagat d. Bodrova/Zhou (wo.)