CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer women's tennis team has championship aspirations heading into the 2018 season under new Head Coach, Mike Morgan.
Morgan enters his first season as the Head Coach of Pomona-Pitzer taking over for previous 19-year coach, Ann Lebedeff.
Morgan spent the last 11 years building a dynasty as the head of the Middlebury women's tennis program and coming off of a 2017 season where his squad won a NESCAC Regular Season Championship and finished the year in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament with a No. 4 ITA National Ranking.
Morgan jumps from one top program to another here at Pomona-Pitzer as the Sagehens start he year ranked No. 6th according to ITA. The women's team finished last season with a third-round exit from the NCAA Tournament. They also finished in second place in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
The Sagehens return some very talented upperclassmen this season with three seniors and three juniors. Maryann Zhao, Emily Chen and Shivani Doraiswami return for their senior seasons. Zhao, already an All-American this season with a win in the ITA Fall Doubles Tournament with Emily Chen, has now earned All-American honors in three-straight season and ended last year in the NCAA Quarterfinals with doubles teammate Emily Chen and reached the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament in singles play. Doraiswami, a former All-SCIAC Newcomer of the Year and First Team All-SCIAC selection, saw limited time last season, but looks to be a major part of 2018 for the Sagehens.
Pomona-Pitzer brings back Caroline Casper, Arianna Chen and Lucy Jiang to make up the junior class. Casper had an amazing season for the Sagehens, earning First Team All-SCIAC honors and finishing the season as the SCIAC Athlete of the Year. Casper earned All-American honors for the second season in a row after making it to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.
Arianna Chen earned First Team All-SCIAC honors for the first time in her collegiate career as the sophomore played out of the No. 3 singles spot for the Sagehens this season. Chen tallied a 14-8 singles record this season and went 21-5 with teammate Caroline Casper in doubles. Jiang is ready to go in 2018 after missing almost all of 2017 due to injury. She picked up a win in her one match last season and looks to be a crucial part of the Sagehens lineup this season.
Four Sophomore return for the Sagehens in Jay Kim, Oliva Mendoza, Yurie Heard and Rebecca Salaway. The sophomore class will give the Sagehens good depth in 2018 with a young but talented group. Kim played at No. 5 and 6 singles last season picking up two wins while Salaway and Mendoza also picked up a singles wins last season in the No. 4 and 6 positions.
The Sagehens welcome in three new faces this season in Jacinta Chen, Alexandra Ferry and junior transfer Summer Garrison who will look to break into the lineup during their first tennis seasons with the Sagehens this year.