CLAREMONT, Calif. (May 3, 2019) – The 20th-ranked Caltech women's tennis team put up a strong fight but ultimately came up short against second-seeded No. 4 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges in the semifinals of the SCIAC Postseason Tournament on Friday afternoon.
Caltech's strongest performance of the day came at first doubles when senior Kana Moriyama (Redmond, Wash. / Redmond) and sophomore Sarina Liu (Rolling Hills, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula) won three consecutive games in the face of a 7-3 lead for the Sagehens, needing one more break in order to force a tiebreaker against Arianna Chen and Maria Lyven. The Beavers ultimately came up short in a match that featured long points and over an hour of back-and-forth competitive doubles action. The shorthanded Beavers entered the singles portion of the day in a 4-0 hole after forfeiting two matches due to injury and the Sagehens' depth and experience across the board proved to be too much to overcome on this particular day.
Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers now await Wednesday's news on who will be representing them at the upcoming Division III national tournament selection for which is based on the NCAA regional rankings. The Beavers are due to lose a key cog at the top of the lineup in Moriyama, but the senior's mentorship in 2019 should have this year's freshman class ready to play important roles critical to the team's success in 2020 with another exciting freshman class set to join the fold.