CLAREMONT, Calif. (Oct. 1, 2017) – Sophomore Angelica Zhou (Temple City, Calif. / Arcadia) became the second finalist Caltech Women's Tennis has ever produced at ITA's when she made the finals of the second consolation singles bracket at Friday and Saturday's regional competition. Junior Kana Moriyama (Redmond, Wash. / Redmond) became the first women's tennis player to achieve finalist status at last year's regional tournament when she made the finals of the first consolation bracket. Moriyama, seeded ninth in the main draw, also advanced through the second consolation bracket and met up with teammate Zhou in the semifinals, where the younger Beaver came out on top, 6-0, 6-1. Zhou fell in the finals to University of California Santa Cruz' Ashley Isaac, 6-3, 6-4.
Freshman Sarina Liu (Rolling Hills, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) made an impressive debut that saw her matched up with ninth-seeded Isaac, one of the Banana Slugs' top players. Though she dropped the first set, 7-5, Liu came back with a vengeance in the second set and blanked the her fellow freshman to force a third set. Liu proved in defeat she was more than well-equipped to hang with one of the region's top players and should be a force to be reckoned with in Caltech's spring lineup.
The Beavers also won 12 total matches between singles and doubles main and consolation draws, topping last year's total of 11 to set a new program record.
Moriyama and Zhou, in qualifying for a final and semifinal matched last year's results when Moriyama and fellow junior Julia Reisler (Plano, Texas / Greenhill) accomplished the same feat. The Beavers now have five semifinals appearances in the regional tournament over the past three years after none in all years prior.
Qualifying for the second consolation bracket requires a first round victory in the main draw, a feat which both Zhou and Moriyama accomplished. Zhou, also seeded ninth, defeated Colorado College's Jenna McDonald, 6-3, 6-0 while Moriyama got her win when she defeated Whittier College's Kallysta Lopez, 6-0, 6-1.
Both players each made up one-half of each of the Beavers' two doubles teams. Moriyama combined with Liu to form the doubles draw's fifth-seeded team while Zhou played alongside Ankita Roychoudhury, another Caltech freshman. Moriyama and Liu saw the most success between the two teams, first advancing past Santa Cruz' Isaac and Recidoro (8-4), then earned an 8-2 victory over California Lutheran University's top doubles teams. The duo then ran into Juliette Martin and Lauren Yamagami of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges in the quarterfinals where they lost a closely contested 8-4 result.
Roychoudhury came up big in her first consolation match where she defeated the University of Redlands' McKenna Kirmsse without dropping a game. Reisler also competed in the singles draw and went on a short run in the consolation rounds when she first defeated Cal Lutheran's Nicole Neumann, 6-1, 6-3 and then Redlands' Elizabeth Johnson, 6-4, 6-2. She drew the tournament's third-overall seed, Pomona-Pitzer Colleges' Maryann Zhao in the first round.
Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers open the 2018 season at home vs. the University of Redlands on Saturday, Feb. 10.