CLAREMONT, CA. – The No. 6 Pomona-Pitzer Women's Tennis team fell to No. 4 Bowdoin in a hard fought 5-4 loss on Tuesday afternoon at the Pauley Tennis Complex.
Season impact: With the loss, the Sagehens fall to 8-3 overall with their only losses from Division III schools coming at No. 1 Emory in the ITA Indoor National Championship and No. 4 Bowdoin.
The Sagehens have now lost to Bowdoin in back to back season but hold a 7-3 overall record over the Polar Bears in their last 10 meetings.
The match came down to the final set in the No. 1 singles between sophomore Caroline Casper and senior Joulia Likhanskaia. Casper fell behind early as she dropped the first set 6-3 but came back to win a hard fought second set by the score of 6-4. Likhanskaia was able to just dig out a win over Casper as she won the third set in a very close match by the score of 7-5 as Bowdoin was able to steal a win over the Sagehens.
Pomona-Pitzer got ahead of the Polar Bears early as they took two of the three doubles matches to start the afternoon.
All three doubles matches were very close but the Sagehens were able to pull out two wins as the team of senior Maryann Zhao and junior Emily Chen got a win at No. 1 doubles 9-7 and the team of sophomore Joy Kim and junior Grace Hruska pulled out a win in a breaker at No. 3 at 9-8 (2).
The only win of doubles for the Polar Bears came at No. 2 as the team of Casper and sophomore Arianna Chen fell in a close match by the score of 9-7.
After taking a 2-1 lead heading into singles play, the Polar Bears battled back as they got two early wins as Emily Chen fell in the No. 6 singles by the score of 6-1, 6-1 and Hruska lost her singles match in the No. 5 spot, 6-3, 6-3.
The Sagehens and Polar Bears alternated wins as Zhao took care of her opponent in the No. 2 spot 6-1, 6-0 but Arianna Chen fell in a breaker during her first set, 7-6 (4) and lost her second set 6-3 as Bowdoin took a 4-3 lead with two matches remaining.
With Pomona-Pitzer needing a win, Joy Kim was able to defeat her opponent at the No. 4 singles match as she was ahead 6-2, 1-6, 5-1 before her opponent retired to even up the score at 4-4.
"First, I would like to congratulate Bowdoin on a great match," said assistant coach, Drew Cohn. "They played with tremendous spirit and sportsmanship. The match could have gone either way and they were just a little better on the big points. We left it all out on the court and I am constantly proud of the heart of this team. We are looking forward to a little break these next few days and excited to come out stronger in our next stretch of matches."
Up Next: The Sagehens will next host non-conference opponent Tufts on Friday, March 24th at 4:00 p.m.