PASADENA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2015) – A quartet of Caltech women's tennis players recorded wins at both doubles and singles in an 8-1 triumph over Hope International University on Friday afternoon.
The Beavers stay perfect to start the season at 2-0 while the Royals drop to 0-5.
Sophomore Sophia Chen (Newport Beach, Calif. / Corona Del Mar) and freshman Erin Wang (Auburn, Calif. / Del Oro) quickly wrapped up #3 doubles, 8-3, for the first point of the day, followed shortly by Freshman Grace Yao (La Palma, Calif. / Oxford Acad.) and freshman Vinci Chen (Austin, Texas / Westwood) taking #2 doubles, 8-4. Caltech led for much of the match at #1 doubles as well, but the Royals rallied to take the final two games, posting their only win of the day, 9-7.
Wang and Vinci Chen took care of business in short order at #5 and #6 singles, each recording the 6-1, 6-0 victory. Sophia Chen took the clinching point at #3 singles, 6-3, 6-2, and Yao followed with a lengthy 6-3, 6-0 win at court #4. Freshman Sarah Cai (Livermore, Calif. / West Lafayette Jr./Sr.) then picked up the win in her first career match at #1 singles, 6-2, 6-2, leaving just junior Monica Li (Boulder, Colo. / Fairview) still playing at #2. Li fell behind by a set (4-6) but recovered with a dominant 6-1 second to force a superbreaker, in which she rode the momentum to a 10-6 victory.
Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers will open SCIAC play at Whittier College (0-1) tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 14.