WHITTIER, Calif. (Apr. 20, 2019) – The 18th-ranked Caltech women's tennis team closed the 2019 regular season with a dominant 7-2 win at Whittier College on Saturday afternoon.
Caltech won every match it participated in and began the day with a pair of tone-setting doubles wins. Senior Kana Moriyama (Redmond, Wash. / Redmond) and sophomore Sarina Liu (Rolling Hills, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula), the region's eighth-ranked team took out the top team from Whittier, 8-5. Moriyama closes the regular season as Caltech's winningest doubles player, both as an individual and alongside Liu, her partner of the last two full seasons. Sophomore Ankita Roychoudhury (Madison, Conn. / Daniel Hand) and freshman Anna Tifrea (Fullerton, Calif. / Troy) also won 8-4 at second doubles to give the visitors a 2-1 advantage heading into singles.
Each of the Beavers' five singles players won their match in straight sets. Moriyama, ranked 14th in the region, won her match 6-4, 6-1 at first singles while Tifrea, ranked 17th in the region, won in 6-0, 6-1 fashion for two of Caltech's quickest wins of the day. Going into Ojai, Moriyama has 41 career singles wins, good enough for third on the all-time program list behind Rebekah Kito and graduated former teammate Erin Wang. Liu picked up a win at third singles, 6-3, 6-0, while freshman Michelle Hyun (Cerritos, Calif. / Gretchen Whitney) got a competitive, 6-4, 6-3 win at fourth singles and Roychoudhury capped things off with a 6-2, 6-1 victory out of the fifth spot.
Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers will head to the 119th Ojai Valley Tournament later this week but have also drawn the third seed in the upcoming SCIAC Postseason Tournament. The Beavers will travel to No. 5 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges for the conference semifinals on Friday, May 3.