OJAI, Calif. (Apr. 27, 2019) – Senior Kana Moriyama (Redmond, Wash. / Redmond) will represent Caltech women's tennis as the program's first-ever Ojai Tournament finalist in both singles and doubles, the latter in which she will team with rookie Anna Tifrea (Fullerton, Calif. / Troy) on Sunday.
Moriyama, the third seed in the draw, defeated Mary Kaffen of Trinity (TX) University 6-1, 6-2 on Saturday morning to advance to the finals, where she is set to challenge top seed Caroline Kutach – Trinity's top and the West Region's ninth-ranked singles player. The region's 12th-ranked singles player, Moriyama has had a favorable path to the finals open up for her as all three other seeds in her half of the draw suffered early exits, but the Beavers' leader has latched onto the opportunity to make program history yet again early Sunday morning.
Playing together for the first time, Moriyama and Tifrea have also run rampant in the doubles draw. The third-seeded duo topped Southwestern University's second-ranked Esther Bowers and Mariana Quetzeri in the semifinals by a narrow score of 6-4, 6-3 and will now face Trinity's top-seeded Kaffen twins, who are ranked sixth in the region.