Women's Tennis: Casper Reclaims ITA West Singles Title

Women's Tennis: Casper Reclaims ITA West Singles Title

CLAREMONT, CA. – For the second time in her career, senior Caroline Casper was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association West Regional Singles Champion, reclaiming her title which she last won in 2016. She also finished runner-up in doubles alongside Arianna Chen. Over in Pool B, Lucy Jiang was also named singles champion.

"To come out of the ITA Regionals with two singles champions, two doubles teams as semifinalist, and a doubles finalist is always great," said Head Coach Michael Morgan. "The team did great and Lucy and Caroline both stepped up in crucial periods of their matches today.  Both Caroline and Lucy have put in a lot of hours working on a few simple improvements in their games.  I am excited to see what is to come for Caroline in Rome, Georgia at the ITA Cup, and for the whole team this off season."

In the opening round, Casper faced Crystal Juan of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and won easily 6-1 and 6-2. She next faced Lilijana Semak of Cal Lutheran and won in a tight two-set battle, winning the first 6-3 and the second 7-5. She later took a default victory over Jessie Cruz of CMS and faced another Athena, Sydney Lee in the semifinals. Casper won the first set 6-4, but battled into a tight 7-6 victory in the second set after a 7-5 tiebreaker. In the final round, she faced cross-street rival Catherine Allen and fell in the first set 6-7 after a 7-1 tiebreaker loss. Casper came back with a thriller 6-4 victory in the second set and closed it out with a 6-2 win in the final set to complete the comeback.

On the other side of the bracket, Chen won her opening round against Georgia Tuckerman of CMS in a three-set battle, losing the first set 6-7 (2) before coming back with a pair of 6-1 sets. She followed up with another three-set win over Michelle Hyun of Caltech, winning the first set 6-1 and dropping the second 4-6. She edged out Hyun 7-5 in the final set to advance to the quarterfinals where she fell to Catherine Allen by default.

Casper and Chen opened up their doubles campaign with an opening round bye and proceeded to defeat Danya Wallis and Madison Ross of University of Redlands 8-2. The followed up with a win over Kana Moriyama and Sarina Liu of Caltech with an 8-0 sweep. In the semifinal, they took down Sydney Lee and Jessie Cruz of CMS 8-5, but fell to Athenas Catherine Allen and Caroline Cox 6-0 and 6-3.

First years Marghi Andreassi and Maria Lyven impressed in their doubles run, defeating CMS Lauren Yamagami and Crystal Juan 8-1 and then defeating fellow Sagehens Olivia Mendoza and Lucy Jiang 8-0 before falling to Cox and Allen in the semifinals.

Jiang kicked off her singles run in Pool B with a dominant 6-0 and 6-1 victory over Kallysta Lopez of Whittier College. She followed with a pair of 6-0 sweeps over Carolina Groff of Cal Lutheran and then defeated Redlands' Madison Ross 6-1 and 6-2. In the semifinals, she won over Isabelle Brown of UC Santa Cruz at ease 6-3 and 6-1. In the final, she faced Jennifer Yu of Caltech, winning the first set 6-3. Yu refused to go down quietly, but Jiang prevailed 7-6 in the second set with a 7-3 tiebreaker victory.

The Sagehens wrap up their 2018 fall schedule and will resume playing in spring 2019.