CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Tennis Team fell in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Final to cross-street rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday afternoon, dropping the match 5-0. The Sagehens' record stands at 14-7 overall this season.
"We always know Claremont is going to compete really well and make us uncomfortable," said Head Coach Mike Morgan. "We saw growth even if the score didn't show it. There were close matches today and we need to learn how to convert those."
Arianna Chen and Maryann Zhao battled tough but fell in no. 1 doubles to Lindsay Brown and Nicole Tan 8-5. In no. 2 doubles, Caroline Casper and Emily Chen looked to salvage a point but lost to Catherine Allen and Caroline Cox 8-4. Shivani Doraiswami and Jay Kim dropped no. 3 doubles to Kyla Scott and Juliette Martin 8-4.
Over in singles, Casper fell to Tan 6-3 and 6-1 in no. 1 and Emily Chen fell to Rebecca Berger in no. 5 singles 6-3 and 6-1. Doraiswami was in a three-set battle, taking the first set 6-2 before losing the second one 4-6. She was primed for a tense third set before the match was called off due to decision.
"They wanted it and they were clearly disappointed," said Coach Morgan. "We know we can make that jump and the women are playing their best tennis they've ever played this year. They just need to improve how they run their combos and get comfortable with the end part of our combos. Every player has that ten percent they need to improve in order to win those five-ball rallies."
The Sagehens will await the NCAA's decision for an at-large bid into the National Championship on Monday, May 7 at 9 a.m. PDT