The Sagehen Report for September 30
Sammy Chao '14 (left) and Lea Lynn Yen '16 (right) earned All-America honors by winning the doubles championship at the ITA West Regionals on Sunday.
This week in Pomona-Pitzer Athletics saw a doubles team from Women’s Tennis win the ITA West Regionals, while the Women’s Soccer team swept a pair of big SCIAC games from CMS and Chapman to move into a tie for first place.
Both tennis programs saw their only action of the fall season for the ITA West Regionals, and the big story of the weekend was the doubles championship earned by Sammy Chao ’14 and Lea Lynn Yen ’16. The title automatically earns the duo All-America honors for the 2013-14 season and enables them to advance to the ITA Nationals on Oct. 10-13 in Fort Myers, Florida.
The championship match was hard fought between the third-seeded Sagehen pair and the second-seeded doubles team from CMS, as both sets went into tiebreakers, but Chao and Yen prevailed 7-6, 7-6, winning the first tiebreaker 7-3 and the second tiebreaker 9-7. Chao also advanced to the semifinals in singles, including a remarkable opening day in which she won both of her singles matches 6-0, 6-0 and both doubles matches 8-0. Mae Coyiuto ’16 also advanced to the quarterfinals in singles, while Yen and Arthi Padmanabhan ’14 reached the round of 16.
On the men’s side, the big story was the performance of the Sagehen freshmen, as Jake Yasgoor PI ’17 upset top-seeded Warren Wood of CMS, and Anthony Bello ’17 teamed with Chris Wiechert ’14 to upset the top-seeded doubles team from CMS as well. Yasgoor advanced to the quarterfinals in singles, while Bello and Wiechert made it to the semifinals in doubles. Josh Kim ’17 and Graham Maassen PI ’17 also won two matches in doubles, before falling to Bello and Wiechert in an all-Sagehen quarterfinal.
The big story from the traditional fall sports was the performance of Women’s Soccer, which defeated CMS 2-1 in overtime on Wednesday and then took a convincing 4-1 win over Chapman on Saturday, improving to 5-1-1 overall and 3-1 in the SCIAC, good for a first-place tie with Cal Lutheran. Danika Bethune ’17 had the game-winning goal in overtime against CMS in the 93rd minute, enabling the Sagehens to bounce back after the Athenas tied the score with just over two minutes left in regulation. Bethune added two more goals in the Chapman win, while Nicole Quilliam ’15 had two goals 1:07 apart in the first half to stake the Sagehens to a 2-0 lead. Pomona-Pitzer will be on the road this week to face Whittier on Wednesday and Redlands on Saturday.
Men’s Soccer also won a home game on Saturday in the first half of a home doubleheader with the women’s team, defeating Occidental 1-0. Harris Levin ’14 scored the game winner 11:02 into the first half when he blasted home a cross from Nathan Shekita ’15. Nigel Brady ’15 had two saves to get the shutout, helping the Sagehens bounce back from a 1-0 overtime loss to Redlands on Wednesday, in which Brady had four saves in regulation to keep the game scoreless. The Sagehens host Chapman on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. match.
Volleyball had a valiant effort in defeat on Tuesday, pushing No. 5 Cal Lutheran to the brink before falling in five sets, dropping the last two points after the fifth set was tied 13-13. Allie Frappier ’15, who entered the week leading the nation in kills per set, continued her remarkable fall season with 32 kills in 69 attempts, the third time in her young Pomona-Pitzer career that she has had 32 kills (the second-highest total in school history). The Sagehens split two matches on Saturday, defeating Caltech 3-0 and then falling to Occidental 3-2 as Frappier sat the match out to rest a minor injury.
Stephanie Sun ’17 led the way with nine kills against Caltech, while Michelle Schultz ’16 had a team-high 11 kills against Occidental. Beth Smilkstein ’14 led the defense with 27 digs in the Occidental loss. Pomona-Pitzer travels across the street to face CMS on Tuesday and hosts Redlands on Friday.
Pomona-Pitzer will serve as the host for some big events this weekend, with the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams hosting the annual Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on Saturday, and the Men’s Water Polo team hosting the annual Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament on Friday and Saturday. The Football team, which has been idle the last two weekends, will also be back in action when it hosts defending SCIAC champion Cal Lutheran at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
This Week's Schedule
Home Games in Bold
Tuesday, Oct. 1
Volleyball at CMS, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 2
Men’s Soccer (H) vs. Chapman, 4 p.m.
Women’s Soccer at Whittier, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 4
Men’s Water Polo (H) vs. Loyola Marymount, 2 p.m.
Men’s Water Polo (H) vs. John’s Hopkins, 7:20 p.m.
Volleyball (H) vs. Redlands, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 5
Men’s Cross Country (H) Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, 7:45 a.m.
Women’s Cross Country (H) Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, 8:30 a.m.
Volleyball at Chapman, 1 p.m.
Women’s Soccer at Redlands, 1 p.m.
Football (H) vs. Cal Lutheran, 1 p.m.
Men’s Water Polo (H) vs. Fresno Pacific, 2:20 p.m.
Men’s Water Polo (H) vs. Johns Hopkins, 6:20 p.m.
Men’s Soccer at Cal Lutheran, 7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 7
Men’s Soccer (H) vs. Caltech, 4 p.m.
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