LINFIELD, Ore. (Jan. 28, 2017) – Freshmen Angelica Zhou (Temple City, Calif. / Arcadia) and Alexandra Bodrova (Russia / Kurchatovskaya School) each picked up big singles wins and combined for a third in their doubles debut for the Caltech women's tennis team in its season debut at nationally-ranked Linfield College on Friday. The Beavers nearly stole the victory, but ultimately fell to the No. 35 Wildcats, 5-4.
Both freshmen quickly proved themselves as key additions to the team, first with Zhou defeating Marisa Doveri at #3 singles, 6-4, 6-1. Zhou then teamed with Bodrova to defeat regionally ranked Riley Clayeux and Basia Kopecka in the #2 doubles spot, 8-5. The victory marked Caltech's third individual lineup win vs. a ranked opponent since 2014 NCAA participant Rebekah Kitto, with the Beavers now notching one in each of the last three seasons. Bodrova then turned around to record the largest margin of victory of the day for Caltech, earning a 6-2, 6-0 win at #4.
Meanwhile, sophomore Kana Moriyama (Redmond, Wash. / Redmond) picked up a routine victory over Clayeux at #2, 6-3, 6-1. Moriyama also competed in doubles with Reisler in what was one of two outcome-deciding matches of the day, both of which involved Reisler. The duo dropped their closely contested match, 8-6, and Reisler came a few breaks away from pulling out the victory in her #1 singles match against West region No. 17 Elsa Harris, with the second set being decided in a tiebreaker at 7-5, 7-6 (5). Senior Sophia Chen (Newport Beach, Calif. / Corona Del Mar) came perhaps the closest to earning the decisive point for the Beavers when she took the first set at #5, 7-5, before dropping the final two sets, 6-2, 6-2.
Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers won't have to travel far for their next match as they are slated to take on George Fox University in a neutral matchup hosted by Linfield on Sunday afternoon.