KALAMAZOO, MI. – Caroline Casper and Maria Lyven of the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Tennis Team and Jed Kronenberg of the men's team will be competing at the NCAA Individual Tournament hosted by Kalamazoo College from May 24-26.
Casper will look to chase a national title after coming close last season with a quarterfinal finish. The Santa Cruz native is coming off a season where she went 21-9 overall, including an ITA West Regional Title and SCIAC Player of the Year. She is ranked No. 5 in the nation and won ITA West Senior Player of the Year. The senior has held two notable victories against cross-street rival Catherine Allen from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and No. 6 Danna Taylor of Carnegie Mellon University. She also held her own in two extremely close sets against No. 1 Ysabel Gonzalez Rico of Emory University, falling by a pair of 7-5 sets.
Maria Lyven has shown plenty of promise in her debut season, posting a 16-5 record overall and winning SCIAC Newcomer of the Year. She was also named ITA West Newcomer of the Year and has posted a fair amount of significant victories throughout this season. During the NCAA Regionals, Lyven dispatched Ashley DeBauge of Trinity University with a pair of 6-0 sweeps, and earlier this season defeated No. 17 Ginger Valentine of Gustavus Adolphus College 6-1 and 6-3. The Ukraine native also holds wins over No. 22 Jamie Vizelman of Carnegie Mellon and No. 36 Catherine Xu of University of Chicago.
Jed Kronenberg is looking for his second shot at seizing the NCAA title after finishing in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament last season. The sophomore currently holds a 17-11 record this season and won All-SCIAC First Team. The Harvard-Westlake graduate has defeated several elite opponents, edging out No. 1 Boris Sorkin of Tufts University in three sets, dropping the first set 0-6 before coming back 7-6 (3) and 6-4. He also defeated No. 22 Arturo Kam of Williams College and No. 23 Patrick Whaling of Gustavus Adolphus College.