Women's Tennis: Newcomers Shine At Hen-Athena Invitational

Women's Tennis: Newcomers Shine At Hen-Athena Invitational

CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Tennis program concluded the Hen-Athena Invitational on Sunday afternoon, as several Sagehens yielded strong results at the tournament. Competing against tennis players from Chapman University, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, and Division II Azusa Pacific University, the Sagehens here dispersed into four different pools for the singles competition and one bracket for doubles. Sophomore Alexandra Ferry and first year Maria Lyven conquered the top of their respective pools in the singles competition while Lyven and Arianna Chen took fourth overall in doubles.

"I am very proud to see a good team effort this weekend," said Head Coach Mike Morgan. "A big congratulations to Maria Lyven and Alex Ferry for winning their draws this weekend. A solid start to the year and many lessons learned along the way."

Lyven opened up her Pool B campaign with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Johanna Keeline of Chapman University. She followed with a 6-2 and 7-5 victory over Kara Hinton of Azusa Pacific and concluded her collegiate debut with a pair of 6-3 sets over Sarah Bahsoun of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

Ferry opened up pool D with a first round victory Ghada Ada-Ajeely of CU in a three-set thriller. After taking the first set 6-4, Ferry dropped the second 6-1. She came back in the tie-breaker 10-8. In the second round, she defeated Courtney Page of APU with a 6-4 win in the first set before Page retired in the second. She concluded her tournament run on Sunday after defeating Katia Betancourt in a three-set comeback victory. After dropping the first set 7-5, Ferry barely won the second set 7-6 (5) and took the tiebreaker 10-7 to win Pool D.

Caroline Casper took fourth in Pool A, defeating Anna Savchenko with a pair of 6-4 sets, but fell to Rebecca Berger of CMS in three sets (4-6, 6-4, (7)). She faced Petra Ivankovic in the third/fourth place round and lost 6-3 and 6-1. First year Marghi Andreassi took fifth in Pool C after losing to Audrey Stewart of APU with a pair of 6-2 sets, but bouncing back with a 6-4 and 6-0 win over Halle VanNatta of CU and taking down classmate Melisha Dogra 6-3 and 6-0.

Over in doubles, Lyven and Chen won their first-round matchup against Katie Betancourt of APU and Johanna Keeline of CU 8-3. They fell to Bahsoun and Catherine Allen of CMS in the second round 8-3. In the third/fourth consolation round, the pair fell to Juliette Martin and Sydney Lee in a tight 8-7 (6) loss.