PASADENA (May 5, 2017) – Freshman Alexandra Bodrova (Russia / Kurchatovskaya School) earned the clinching point for No. 39 Caltech women's tennis in the opening round of the SCIAC Championships.
Bodrova and senior Sophia Chen (Newport Beach, Calif. / Corona Del Mar) each won both their singles and doubles matches, with the duo pairing up in doubles for the fourth time this spring. Their 8-6 victory at #3 was followed closely by an 8-2 win at #1 by sophomore Julia Reisler (Plano, Texas / Greenhill) and freshman Angelica Zhou (Temple City, Calif. / Arcadia). CLU won the final four games of the remaining doubles match to avoid the sweep, but considering that the Beavers had won just one doubles match before sweeping singles in their 7-2 victory over the Regals earlier this year, momentum was squarely on Caltech's side.
The Beavers took the first set at five courts before Chen and junior Erin Wang (Auburn, Calif. / Del Oro) closed out victories at courts #6 and #5, respectively. Zhou fought back from her first-set defeat to force a third at #2 while Reisler and Bodrova each fell behind their opponents early in the second set, but Bodrova quickly rallied and won the final three games to clinch the match.
Due to impending inclement weather, the SCIAC officially announced a series of changes to the tournament this weekend. All matches will be played to decision, which left Caltech with the 5-1 victory. Additionally, both remaining matches will take place Saturday, May 6 beginning at 9 a.m. Thus, Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers (10-7 overall, 5-3 SCIAC) head to the University of Redlands for a semifinal match against #1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (24-0, 8-0) tomorrow morning, with the championship final and third-place match scheduled to begin after the completion of the back draw matches which will immediately follow the semifinals.