The Sagehen Report for May 6
The Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Tennis and Women’s Water Polo teams will both be in action in NCAA Tournaments this week, while Baseball will find out its postseason fate on Sunday evening.
Last week, Women’s Tennis played its way into the second seed in the NCAA West Regional (and an opening round bye) by reaching the championship of the SCIAC Tournament. The Sagehens defeated Cal Lutheran 5-0 in the quarterfinals and Redlands 7-2 in the semifinals, before falling in the championship to undefeated CMS 7-2. Arthi Padmanabhan ’14 had a big weekend, tallying a perfect 3-0 record in both singles and doubles (with Lea Lynn Yen ’16), while winning two of her singles matches 6-0, 6-0, including one against CMS. The Sagehens will open NCAA Tournament play this weekend against the winner of the opening-round match between Redlands and Whitman (time to be determined).
Men’s Tennis also had a strong showing at SCIAC’s with a third-place finish, defeating a pair of nationally ranked opponents in Whittier and Redlands by 5-4 scores, while falling to top-ranked CMS in the semis. The senior doubles team of Frankie Allinson ’13 and Max Sabel PI ’13 won all three matches to reach the 20-win plateau on the year. Chris Wiechert PI ’14 had the top showing in singles with a 2-1 record, only falling to CMS in the semis 7-6, 7-6. Kevin Wei ’15 and Thomas Low ’16 added key singles wins to clinch the Redlands victory, while Allinson won the clinching point against Whittier with the match tied 4-4, winning 7-5 in the third set.
Baseball put itself in position for a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championships with a solid showing at the SCIAC Postseason Tournament, finishing in second place. The Sagehens dropped the opener 14-8 to Redlands, but bounced back with a 5-2 win over Occidental and a 14-2 win in the rematch with Redlands to advance through to the SCIAC finals, where they fell 10-6 to top-seeded Cal Lutheran. Seniors came through all weekend, as Collin Majev ’13 and Stuart Gano PI ’13 had strong pitching performances in the Occidental and Redlands wins, respectively, while Guy Stevens ’13 earned the win in relief against Occidental. Erik Munzer PI ’13 had the game-winning RBI in the ninth inning of the Occidental win, Mike Moyer ’13 was 4-for-5 with four runs scored in the Redlands win, and Nick Gentili ’13 had four RBI in the championship game, including a two-run homer.
The Track and Field teams already had their SCIAC Championships last week, but competed at the Occidental Invitational this weekend as several athletes tried to improve their times and distances for NCAA qualifications. Another school record fell at Occidental, as Isabelle Ambler ’13 ran the 3000-meter steeplechase in 11:33.66, breaking the old record by just over eight seconds. It was the sixth program record set by the Women’s Track and Field team this season, and the 22nd overall for the athletic department this year.
Women’s Water Polo was idle last week as it prepares for the NCAA Championships, but it received some good news in the meantime as the Sagehens swept the top awards in the SCIAC. Sarah Tuggy ’13 was named the SCIAC Player of the Year after playing nearly every minute in goal this season, while Katy Schaefer PI ’16 was named the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year. Sarah Westcott ’15 and Alyssa Woodward PI ’15 were also named to the first team, while Mahalia Prater-Fahey ’15 was named to the second team.
This Week's Schedule
Home Games in Bold
Friday, May 10
Women’s Water Polo vs. #1 USC (at Harvard), 2:15 p.m.
Saturday, May 11
Women’s Water Polo vs. UCSD/Hawaii (at Harvard), TBA
Women’s Tennis vs. Redlands/Whitman (NCAA Regional Semifinals), TBA
Sunday, May 12
Women’s Water Polo vs. TBA (at Harvard)
Women’s Tennis vs. TBA (NCAA Regional Finals) – if Sagehens advance