CLAREMONT, CA. – The No. 7 Pomona-Pitzer Women's Tennis Team is eager to participate in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament after finishing the regular season 13-6 overall and 6-1 in SCIAC play. The Sagehens will open up in the semifinal round against University of Redlands on Friday, May 4 at 1 p.m. in a first-to-five match.
The Sagehens closed out the regular season with a four-match winning streak, taking down the likes of Chapman, Washington and Lee, Whittier, and Redlands. Riding on a wave of momentum, the Sagehens hope to clinch their first SCIAC Tournament title since 2011.
Maryann Zhao has emerged as the no. 2 player in the West Region this season and holds at 14-5 record in singles play. She was also named SCIAC Player of the Week twice this year and has taken down several ranked individuals like then no. 16 Tess Trinka (Bowdoin College) and Samantha Farrell (Occidental College). Caroline Casper overcame a rough patch in the season and re-established herself as a top player for the Sagehens, having won three of her last four matches in the no. 1 singles spot. She currently ranks eighth in the West Region.
Other Sagehens to keep an eye out for are Summer Garrison who is ranked 10th in the West Region with a 9-4 singles record and Arianna Chen who has been a lockdown winner in no. 6 singles with a 9-2 record. Arianna has combined with Zhao in no. 1 doubles and boast a 7-1 record together. Senior Shivani Doraiswami has continued to perform exceptionally well with a 13-7 record in singles an Emily Chen has held a 12-6 record as a solid no. 5 or 6 player.
Standing the Hens' way in the semifinal round are the Redlands Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are 11-9 overall and went 5-2 in the SCIAC. Sarah Ikioka has been their star player, holding a no. 5 rank in the West Region and going 17-7 in singles this season. She and her doubles partner Elizabeth Johnson went 20-7 together in no. 1 doubles. However, the Hens swept the Bulldogs 9-0 in their last meeting on April 28 and hope to repeat their performance on Friday.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps finished the regular season at the top of the conference, holding a 22-2 record overall and 7-0 in SCIAC play. They are ranked no. 3 in the nation with four players in the West Region Top-25 rankings. Led by Catherine Allen, Lindsay Brown, and Caroline Cox, the Athenas defeated the Sagehens 9-0 in their last meeting back on April 12. If the Athenas win their match against Chapman, they will serve as site host for the final round on Saturday afternoon.
The Athenas will be facing Chapman University in their opening round. The Panthers went 10-8 overall and 4-3 in SCIAC play. Alisa Ogranovich has been their prominent player, ranking 18th in the West Region and boasting a 13-6 record overall. She also went 5-2 in doubles alongside Vasillisa Trofimova. The Hens last met with Chapman on April 14 and won 9-0.
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