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Women's Tennis Team Ranked No. 7 in Nation, Doubles Partners Ranked No. 2

The Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Tennis team finished out an excellent year ranked in the Elite 8 and with doubles players Siobhan Finicane ’10 and Olivia Muesse ’10 ranked No. 2 in the nation. This is the third consecutive year the team has placed in the top 8 in the nation.

After winning the SCIAC title and being ranked as the No. 1 team in the West region, the team traveled to the NCAA Division III finals in Lawrenceville, Georgia, last week. There, the team lost to Emory in the first round. Singles player, and number one seed, Siobhan Finicane ’10 bested Janelle Arita from DePauw in the first round of 32 matches, but fell to Jackie Schtemberg from The College of New Jersey in the next round of 16 matches.

Finicane fared better in the doubles matches with partner Olivia Muesse ’10. The pair beat the number one team from Emory in the quarterfinals (a team whom beat them last year). They were victorious over Dennison’s number one team in the semifinals, but lost to the University of Chicago in the finals, taking home the ranking of No. 2 team in the United States.

Members of the team have also been the recipients of several awards: Siobhan was named SCIAC’S Most Valued Player for the third year in a row. Becca Lange ’09 completed her college tennis career with her fourth award in a row, winning West Regional Senior Player of the Year. Siobhan and Lange also won, respectively, the Pomona-Pitzer athletics awards of MVP and Scholar-Athlete.

At the nationals, Assistant Coach Brittany Biebl took home the prestigious award of NCAA Assistant Coach of the Year.