CLAREMONT, CA. – The No. 6 Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens defeated No. 7 Amherst College 7-2 in a battle of top-ten ranked teams on Monday afternoon at the Pauley Tennis Complex.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens improve to 8-2 overall while Amherst drops to 0-2 to start their season.
The Sagehens played well as they begin their grueling spring break schedule with a win over Amherst. The 7-2 win over Amherst also marks the second-straight time the Sagehens have defeated Amherst. Pomona-Pitzer will play a number of ranked teams in the next two weeks including No. 4 Bowdoin, No. 9 Tufts, No. 17 MIT, No. 3 Middlebury and No. 2 Williams.
"We just need to keep it one match at a time and not worry about the rankings", said junior Grace Hruska. "We go out and look at every match the same regardless of what the rankings are or who we are playing so if we continue that trend I think we will perform well."
After being up 3-0 after doubles, the Sagehens came out and carried their momentum into singles play as they picked up two quick wins to clinch the match after Arianna Chen took a win at No. 3 singles 6-4, 6-0 and Hruska went on to clinch at No. 5 singles by the score of 6-4, 6-1.
Pomona-Pitzer picked up two more wins in singles play as Zhao defeated her opponent in the No. 2 spot, 6-1 6-0 and Emily Chen won a hard fought match at No. 6 as she won in a breaker by the scores of 6-7 (4), 7-5, 10-7.
Amherst picked up their two wins at the No. 1 and No. 4 singles as Casper fell at No. 1, 6-1, 6-3 and Kim lost her match at No. 4, 2-6, 6-4, 10-6.
The win over Amherst is the fifth time the Sagehens have defeated a ranked opponent this season and they are currently on a stretch of playing 11-straight against ranked opponents.
"I think it's good for us to come out and play well against good teams after making the transition from indoors to playing outside again", said Arianna Chen. "I think we are really picking up steam as a team and it will be really interesting to see what we can do with these upcoming matches."
Up Next: The Sagehens will next take on No. 4 ranked Bowdoin tomorrow on Tuesday, March 14th at 11:00 a.m. at the Pauley Tennis Complex.