CLAREMONT, CA. – The No. 8 Pomona-Pitzer Women's Tennis Team will be back in action tomorrow to open their season with a match against SCIAC opponent Occidental College at 5:00 p.m. With several star returners and an exciting group of first years, the Sagehens have a lot to be optimistic about heading into this new season after finishing in second in the SCIAC last year.
Last Season: In addition to finishing in second in the SCIAC, the Sagehens reached the final round of the SCIAC Tournament where they fell to cross-street rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. However, the Sagehens went on to reach the NCAA Sweet Sixteen after taking down Trinity University 5-0. In the individual tournament, Caroline Casper (11-9 singles, 10-10 doubles) reached the NCAA Quarterfinal and finished the season with All-American honors.
Key Returners: Casper followed up her NCAA Quarterfinal finish from last season with a huge ITA West Regional championship in the fall, her second of her career, making a comeback victory over Catherine Allen in the final round to take the title. The senior followed with a semifinal finish in the ITA Cup and now looks forward to leading the Sagehens to a promising season. Senior Arianna Chen (11-2 singles, 14-4 doubles) also had a strong fall season, combining with Casper for doubles in the ITA Regionals and reaching the final round. Chen also went 11-2 in singles play and 14-5 in doubles last season. Lucy Jiang is coming off a promising ITA Regional as the senior won Pool B after defeating Jennifer Yu 6-3 and 7-6 (3) in the final, and will look to help the Sagehens thrive in singles play this season. While the Sagehens saw Shivani Doraiswami, Emily Chen, and Maryann Zhao conclude their collegiate career last season after graduating, the team will look to returners Jacinta Chen (7-6 singles, 5-8 doubles), Olivia Mendoza (5-2 singles, 3-2 doubles), Rebecca Salaway (4-1 singles, 5-4 doubles), and Alexandra Ferry (6-3 singles, 5-0 doubles) Jay Kim (2-2 singles, 3-3 doubles), Yurie Heard (1-1 singles, 1-0 doubles), and Grace Hruska to help the Sagehens compete for a conference title.
Newcomers: The Sagehens welcome the addition of Margherita Andreassi, Maria Lyven, and Melisha Dogra. Andreassi and Lyven combined for doubles at the ITA Fall West Regionals and showed promise by reaching the semifinals. Lyven also took first place in her pool at the Hen-Athena Invitational during the fall. Dogra reached the Round of 16 at the ITA West Regional and took sixth place in Pool C at the Hen-Athena Invite.
Key Matches: The Sagehens will travel to Nashville, Tennesee for ITA Indoors Championship on Friday, March 1st as they face No. 11 Carnegie Mellon in the first round. Their opponents for March 2nd and 3rd will be announced as they could compete against No. 1 CMS, returning indoor champ No. 2 Emory, No. 9 MIT, No. 10 University of Chicago, No. 12 Washington University – St. Louis, and host No. 11 University of the South. The Sagehens will later face No. 4 Williams at home on Wednesday, March 20 at 10:00 a.m. They also will take on No. 7 Tufts on Saturday, March 23 at 9:00 a.m. and No. 5 Middlebury on Wednesday, March 27 at 5:00 p.m. The Sagehens will host the Sixth Street Rivalry on Wednesday, April 24 at 4:00 p.m. before embarking on a SCIAC Tournament run on Friday, May 3.