PASADENA (Mar. 7, 2019) – The Caltech women's tennis team has jumped from unranked to 20th in the latest edition of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women's Division III National Rankings. The ranking is highest in the history of both men's and women's tennis programs and also represents Caltech's highest jump up the rankings of all time.
The Beavers proved their worth among the nation's top-20 teams both in victory and defeat through the season's first six matches. Caltech opened with No. 2 (then top-ranked) Claremont-Mudd-Scripps-Colleges and No. 4 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges and took a combined five points off the two conference stalwarts. The Beavers later went on a big run through the Pacific Northwest, taking out No. 27 Whitman College and No. 25 Linfield College before coming back home to earn a 6-3 victory over No. 24 Christopher Newport University.
Dubbed the "Super-6" by Head Coach Mandy Gamble, Caltech's six-woman roster has made up for its lack of numbers with across-the-board talent and a trust in one another. The team's three freshman players are a combined 11-4 with rookie Jennifer Yu (Queens, N.Y. / Stuyvesant) leading the way at an undefeated 5-0. Additionally, senior Kana Moriyama (Redmond, Wash. / Redmond) and sophomore Sarina Liu (Rolling Hills, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) have a ranked doubles win to their name and Liu was named SCIAC Women's Tennis Player of the Week following the trip up north.
"I am grateful and humbled at the accomplishment our Super-6 have made," Gamble said. "It is a privilege to work with these women and lead them to fulfilling their goals. I have believed in this team from Day 1 and we are enjoying each other's development every day."
Gamble and the Beavers will hope to resume their recent stretch of dominance when they host No. 17 University of Mary Washington in a battle of top-20 teams on Friday, Mar. 7.