PASADENA, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2016) – Freshman Julia Reisler Plano, Texas / Greenhill) and Cecelia Andrews (Orinda, Calif. / Miramonte) won both their doubles and singles matches to put sophomore Erin Wang (Auburn, Calif. / Del Oro) in position to clinch the match at #5 singles for Caltech women's tennis over Occidental College on Saturday morning.
The victory levels Caltech's record in SCIAC play at 1-1 and marks the fifth straight year the Beavers have topped the Tigers in the regular season.
Both Oxy and Caltech took early leads in doubles at #2 and #3, respectively. The Tigers picked up a break at #1 as Reisler and Andrews finished their match at #3, 8-3. The Beavers' #2 pairing got a late break but fell, 8-4, while Wang and junior Sophia Chen (Newport Beach, Calif. / Corona Del Mar) still trailed by a break at #1, 6-7. Down 0-30, the Caltech duo fought back to break Oxy's serve, but the Tigers responded in kind and held serve on the final game to win, 9-7, giving the visitors the crucial 2-1 lead heading to singles.
Oxy took quick first sets at courts #1, #2 and #5, but Caltech managed the same at #3, #4 and #6. Needing to turn one of those around to stay in the mix, the Beavers found their rallying point in Wang, who failed to win a single game in the first set but stormed back in the second to win 6-2 and force a third.
Meanwhile, all five other courts' results held, making the match score 4-4 with just #5 singles remaining. Wang built on her momentum from the second set to jump out to a 3-0 lead and soon made it 5-0 before fending off a tough final challenge to earn the deciding victory, 6-1.
Freshman Kana Moriyama (Redmond, Wash. / Redmond) did not drop a game at #4 singles while Reisler shined in a 6-1, 6-0 win. Andrews took her game up a level after doubles in an impressive 6-0, 6-2 victory at #6.
Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers head to No. 4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (2-1, 1-0) on Saturday, Feb. 27 before returning to Pasadena for a four-match home stand to kick off Spring recess.