Women's Tennis: Sagehens Finish Season in NCAA Quarterfinals

Women's Tennis: Sagehens Finish Season in NCAA Quarterfinals

CHATTANOOGA, TN — Caroline Casper had a gritty showing in singles play, and Maryann Zhao and Emily Chen had a strong performance in doubles, but the Sagehens fell in their respective matches, ending the season for the No. 5 Pomona-Pitzer Women's Tennis team.

All three Sagehens finish the season as All-Americans including Zhao earning the distinction for both singles and doubles. Casper earned All-American honors in the fall as well for her performance in the ITA Oracle Cup.

"I'm so proud of Caroline, Mary, and Emily and how they competed this week," said Assistant Coach Andrew Cohn. "This was a tremendous season for Sagehen tennis, reaching even greater heights and concluding with five All-American players."

Teammates Grace Hruska and Joy Kim also earned All-American distinction for winning the ITA Doubles Fall Regional Tournament earlier this season.

Casper fought in her quarterfinals match, but dropped the match to Victoria Yu of Wesleyan (CT) 7-6, 6-3, 6-0. Casper battled early. After falling behind 5-0 in the first set, the sophomore tied the score at 5-5 and then sealed the opening set comeback in a 7-6 tiebreaker win. But Yu took the final two sets to clinch the match.

Along with her All-American honors, Casper was also named SCIAC Athlete of the Year, and First Team All-SCIAC.

In doubles play, Zhao and Chen faced the No. 3 seeded team of Bridget Harding and Katarina Su from Emory. The Sagehens dropped the first set 6-3, but then started hot in the second set. Pomona-Pitzer opened up to a 4-1 lead, but Emory rallied to take the set 6-4.

Zhao was First Team All-SCIAC this season, and Chen earned Second Team honors. 

"This is a special group that competes their heart out," said Cohn. "Our best tennis is still ahead of us next season and I can't wait to see what that brings."

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