CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Tennis Team saw they postseason run come to an end as they lost to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 5-0 in the final round of the West Regional on Saturday afternoon. It was the eighth straight season the Sagehens reached the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament. After losing three tightly-contested doubles matches 3-0, the Hens almost came back in singles with four matches that could have gone either way. However, the Athenas held on to clinch the victory 5-0.
"I told them in the meeting afterwards they're a national championship caliber team that ran out of time," said Head Coach Michael Morgan. "They started playing the right game and finding solutions. They should be proud for finding that. They finished playing as a team, fighting as a team. They were fighting for points as a team rather than a group of individuals."
"They [the seniors] just showed heart the whole year," said Coach Morgan. "They knew today was the day to leave it all there. They brought a ton of energy and shared it with their teammates on the other courts. They showed what leadership was all about."
Doubles got off to a sparkling start for the Sagehens as Maryann Zhao and Arianna Chen jumped to a 5-2 lead in no. 1 doubles while Jay Kim and Summer Garrison took a 3-1 lead in no. 3 doubles. However, the Athenas managed to come back after some adjustments to take the Hens to a close battle. Zhao and Arianna fell 8-5 in no. 1 to Nicole Tan and Lindsay Brown. Caroline Casper and Emily Chen followed with an 8-3 loss to Caroline Cox and Catherine Allen in no. 2 doubles. In no. 3 doubles, Kim and Garrison couldn't hold the lead as Kyla Scott and Juliette Martin came back 8-5.
In singles, the Sagehens were determined to climb out of the deficit and the signs looked surely promising. Zhao outplayed Tan in the first set 6-4 and jumped to a 5-1 lead in the second set in no. 1 singles. In no. 5 singles, Arianna Chen took the first set 6-4 and battled to a 5-2 advantage in the second set over Rebecca Berger. Over in no. 2 singles, Caroline Casper came back from a 6-3 loss in the first set with a 6-1 win in the second. She led 3-0 in the final set. Unfortunately, Garrison fell to Brown 6-3 and 6-2 in no. 3 singles as CMS took a 4-0 lead. Shivani Doraiswami tied her game, losing the first set 6-3 to Scott and coming back in the second 6-4. While the Hens battled hard to stay alive, the Athenas managed to seal the match as Cox won against Emily Chen in no. 6 singles 6-4 and 6-3.
Up Next: Caroline Casper will compete in the individual championships next week from May 24-26 at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.