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Sagehen Report for the Week of March 17

Sammy Chao ’14 won both of her singles and doubles matches in wins over top-10 Carnegie Mellon (No. 8) and Bowdoin (No. 7) this week, including five straight points in a third-set tiebreaker against Bowdoin.

Sammy Chao ’14 won both of her singles and doubles matches in wins over top-10 Carnegie Mellon (No. 8) and Bowdoin (No. 7) this week, including five straight points in a third-set tiebreaker against Bowdoin.

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This week in Pomona-Pitzer Athletics saw the Women’s Tennis team and Women’s Water Polo teams both go 3-0, with Women’s Tennis knocking off two top-10 opponents and Women’s Water Polo defeating three Division I schools.

Women’s Tennis slipped two spots in the rankings this week from No. 10 to No. 12, despite winning its only match last week 8-1 over No. 21 Mary Washington. The Sagehens had a chance to prove their top 10-worthiness this week, though, hosting No. 8 Carnegie Mellon and No. 7 Bowdoin, and the Sagehens came away with a pair of dramatic 5-4 wins. A pair of freshmen provided the clinching points, as Maddie Gordon ’17 took a three-set win against Carnegie Mellon for the 5-4 win on Thursday, while Rosemary Pelch ’17 broke a 4-4 tie with a three-set win against Bowdoin on Sunday.

Sammy Chao ’14 was perfect on the week in both singles and doubles and won a pair of thrilling decisions against Bowdoin, coming back from down 5-2 in a third-set tiebreaker in singles with five straight points for a 1-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) win that tied the match 4-4. Chao and doubles partner Lea Lynn Yen ’16 also avoided a tiebreaker at No. 1 doubles by winning five straight points after trailing 40-0 to win 9-7. Arthi Padmanabhan ’14 picked up a key comeback win against Carnegie Mellon 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 after trailing 3-0 in the second set and won 6-1, 6-1 against Bowdoin. The Sagehens will host No. 4 Amherst on Monday and then travel to No. 13 Redlands for a SCIAC match on Saturday.

Women’s Water Polo hosted Bucknell on Wednesday and prevailed in overtime 11-9. The Sagehens tied the score up 7-7 with less than two minutes remaining in regulation on a goal from Alyssa Woodward PI ’15, and then had four different players score in overtime, Chrissie Alving-Trinh ’16, Vicky Gyorffy ’16, Sarah Westcott ’16 and Sallie Walecka ’16. On Friday, the Sagehens took on VMI and St. Francis (N.Y.) at Cal Baptist’s tournament and prevailed with a close 10-9 win over VMI as Westcott and Gyorffy scored back-to-back goals with less than two minutes remaining. The Sagehens also added a 9-6 win over St. Francis (N.Y.) to finish the week 3-0. Pomona-Pitzer will travel to La Verne on Wednesday at 11 a.m. and host Harvard on Wednesday night at 7 p.m., before playing four matches at the Loyola Marymount Zumo Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

Men’s Tennis hosted the Stag-Hen Invitational and went 1-2, falling to No. 14 Bowdoin 5-3 and No. 11 Carnegie Mellon 5-4 and defeating Swarthmore 7-2. Jake Yasgoor PI ’17 and Graham Maassen ’17 won all of their singles matches at the event, with Yasgoor tallying a 3-0 mark and Maassen going 2-0 (he did not play against Swarthmore). Connor Hudson ’15 and Kevin Wei ’15 added singles wins against Swarthmore. Hudson also added a singles win earlier in the week in a 6-3 victory over No. 26 Swarthmore. The Sagehens host No. 12 Whitman on Monday, No. 4 Amherst on Tuesday and Tufts on Wednesday.

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field traveled to the Occidental Distance Carnival and Sprints Festival and had five competitors improve their standing in the top 10 in program history. On the men’s side Ben Girodias ’15 moved into seventh on the all-time list in the 5000 with a 14:44.26, playing him 11th out of 143 runners. Titus Van Hook ’15 trimmed .04 off his 100 meter time set last weekend in a SCIAC Multi-Dual meet at Strehle Track and moved into fifth place with a 10.93. For the women. Abby Gardiner ’16 ran a 12:17.54 in the steeplechase, moving into sixth place in Pomona-Pitzer history. Claire Brickson ’14 improved her best time in the 5000 at 18:05.00, moving into seventh place, while Maya Weigel ran 4:45.15 in the 1500, moving her into eighth place.

Baseball had a 2-2 week, defeating No. 6 Ithaca 15-7 on Monday and then winning one game in a three-game series with Chapman. Tanner Nishioka ’17 singled and hit a grand slam in an eight-run first inning in the Ithaca win, and then had a pair of singles in a nine-run second inning in a 10-8 win over Chapman in the final game of the weekend series. Kenny Rabin was 4-for-5 with his first collegiate homer in an 11-10 loss to Chapman in the first game of the series, while Timmy Novom ’15 hit a pair of three-run homers in the weekend series.

Women’s Swimming and Diving will compete at nationals this week, with the freestyle relay team of Alex Lincoln ’14, Vicky Gyorffy ’15, Kay Sterner ’17 and Maki Tohmon ’17 all swimming in the 200, 400 and 800-yard relays. Lincoln will also swim in the 100-yard freestyle, Sterner will swim in the 500 and the 1650, and Tohmon will compete in the 200-yard individual medley.

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This Week's Schedule

Home Games in Bold

Monday, March 17
Women’s Tennis (H) vs. Amherst, 9:30 a.m.
Baseball (H) vs. Wesleyan, 11 a.m.
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Whitman, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, March 18
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Amherst, 10 a.m.

Wednesday, March 19
Women’s Swimming/Diving at NCAA Championships, 10 a.m.
Women’s Lacrosse (H) vs. Sewanee, 10 a.m.
Men’s Tennis (H) vs. Tufts, 10 a.m.

Women’s Water Polo at La Verne, 11 a.m.
Women’s Water Polo (H) vs. Harvard, 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 20
Women’s Swimming/Diving at NCAA Championships, 10 a.m.
Softball vs. Central College, 11 a.m. (at Tuscon Invitational)
Softball vs. Gustavus Adolphus, 1:30 p.m. (at Tuscon Invitational)

Friday, March 21
Women’s Swimming/Diving at NCAA Championships, 10 a.m.
Women’s Lacrosse (H) vs. Allegheny, 10 a.m.

Softball vs. Grinnell, 11 a.m. (at Tuscon Invitational)
Women’s Water Polo vs. Princeton, 11:45 a.m. (at LMU)
Softball vs. Denison, 1:30 p.m. (at Tucson Invitational)
Women’s Tennis at Redlands, 2 p.m.
Women’s Water Polo vs. CSU San Bernardino, 3:30 p.m. (at LMU)

Saturday, March 22
Women’s Swimming/Diving at NCAA Championships, 10 a.m.
Women’s Water Polo vs. Hartwick, 9:30 a.m. (at LMU)
Women’s Water Polo at LMU, 11:45 a.m.
Women’s Tennis (H) vs. Middlebury, 2 p.m.

Sunday, March 23
Women’s Tennis (H) vs. Whitman, 10 a.m.