SAN ANTONIO, Texas. (Mar. 24, 2018) – The Caltech women's tennis team wrapped up its road trip through Texas by splitting matches on Friday and Saturday with No. 18 Trinity College and No. 37 East Texas Baptist University.
Friday: No. 18 Trinity 6, No. 40 Caltech 3
The Beavers took three points from the No. 18 team in the country and began the day with a hard fought 8-6 victory for junior Kana Moriyama (Redmond, Wash. / Redmond) and freshman Sarina Liu (Rolling Hills, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) at first doubles. The Beavers followed up their top doubles team with two singles wins. Junior Julia Reisler (Plano, Texas / Greenhill) needed a tiebreaker in the second set but dominated in the breaker to take a 6-4, 7-6 (1) victory over her opponent at second singles. Senior Sarah Cai (Austin, Texas / Westwood) also picked up a win at sixth singles when she defeated her opponent, 6-3, 7-6 (4) to earn the Beavers their third point of the afternoon.
Saturday: No. 40 Caltech 5, No. 37 East Texas Baptist 4
Facing another ranked team to close the road trip, the Beavers dug deep and this time found themselves on the other end of a 5-4 match. The Moriyama-Liu battery at first doubles once again scored another victory for the Beavers but Caltech went into singles play needing four wins to defeat the higher ranked team on the road. Caltech got dominant performances from Moriyama at first singles (6-1, 6-1) and from sophomore Angelica Zhou (Temple City, Calif. / Arcadia) at fourth singles (6-1, 6-0). Freshman Ankita Roychoudhury (Madison, Conn. / Daniel Hand) won her match at fifth singles, 6-2, 7-6 (2) but the breakthrough performance came from senior Vinci Chen (Austin, Texas / Westwood) at sixth singles. After having dropped a narrow first set, the senior went the rest of the match without dropping a single game or a single point in the ensuing tiebreaker.
Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers will be back at home on Tuesday, Mar. 27 when they host George Fox University at 10 a.m.