VENTURA, Calif. (Apr. 26, 2019) – The Caltech women's tennis team kicked off The 119th Ojai Valley Tournament on the right foot on Thursday, with each participating singles player winning at least one match before two of the team's top players came together for a doubles win to close the day.
All three of the Beavers' competing women made it to the Round of 16 with dominant opening-round wins. Third-seeded senior Kana Moriyama (Redmond, Wash. / Redmond) defeated Carolina Groff Hinojosa of California Lutheran University, 6-0, 6-1 and fourth-seeded freshman Anna Tifrea (Fullerton, Calif. / Troy) won the opening match of her Ojai debut by the inverse score against another Regal in JoAnn Taylor. Sophomore Ankita Roychoudhury (Madison, Conn. / Daniel Hand) added a third win for the Beavers when she defeated Willamette University's Robin Pashek, 6-0, 6-1.
Roychoudhury ultimately came up in short in the second round to seventh-seeded Christie Kurdys of Cal Lutheran, 6-2, 6-2, though Caltech's seeded players each earned spots in the quarterfinals, taking two different paths to get there. Tifrea handled Chapman University's Nicole Fouts, 7-5, 6-2, while Moriyama earned her place among the final eight in more dramatic fashion. The senior dropped the first set against Southwestern University's Mariana Quetzari, 4-6, but roared back with definitive performances in the second and third sets (6-0, 6-2), to seal the win. While Tifrea, the West region's 16th-ranked player, will take on fifth-seeded Zoe Kaffen (21st in the West) of Trinity (TX) University on Friday, Moriyama (No. 12 West) is set for a quarterfinal matchup with unseeded CLU player Nicole Alvarez. Both matches are set for 8:30 a.m. start times.
Moryiama and Tifrea also teamed up as the third-seeded doubles team and in their first match together of 2019 defeated Katie Wolber and Jane Wright of Occidental College, 6-0, 6-2. They are set to face Fouts and Trofimova of Chapman University on Friday at 2 p.m.