Sports Report: Men’s Tennis and Women’s Teams Teams Pick Up NCAA Wins to Advance to the Regional Finals
Women’s Tennis picked up two NCAA Tournament wins, defeating UC Santa Cruz 5-0 and La Verne 5-2 to advance to the regional finals against CMS. The Sagehens swept doubles in both contests, turning the tables on La Verne which defeated Pomona-Pitzer 7-2 in the SCIAC semifinals after sweeping doubles.
This time around, Maddie Gordon ’17 and Claire Willey PI ’14 breezed to an 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles, while Sammy Chao ’14 and Lea Lynn Yen ’16 pulled out an 8-6 win at No. 1 and Arthi Padmanabhan ’14 and Mae Coyiuto ’16 earned an 8-6 win at No. 2. Padmanabhan added a quick singles win at No. 4 to stretch the lead to 4-0, and after La Verne picked up two points with singles wins at No. 1 and No. 6, Yen finished off a win at No. 3 to secure the 5-2 victory.
Pomona-Pitzer got off to a slow start against CMS, falling behind 3-0 after doubles and eventually dropping the regional final contest 5-0. The Sagehens were starting to rally a bit when the match was won as Chao was ahead 5-0 in the second set and Coyiuto (3-2) and Yen (4-2) had second-set leads as well. However, CMS picked up wins at No. 5 and No. 6 singles to end the match before Pomona-Pitzer could put some pressure on the Athenas. Chao and Yen will advance to play in the NCAA Division III Doubles Championships, beginning on May 22.
Men’s Tennis also advanced to the regional finals with a 5-1 win over Texas-Tyler in the semis. The Sagehens earned a 2-1 lead after doubles with a pair of tight wins, as Connor Hudson ’15 and Graham Maassen PI ’17 earned a comeback 9-7 win at No. 3, and Anthony Bello ’17 and Chris Wiechert PI ’14 earned a late break at No. 1 to win 9-7 as well. Hudson earned the clinching point at No. 3 singles with a 6-2, 6-4 win to send the Sagehens through to the finals.
Pomona-Pitzer gave No. 1 CMS a strong run in the final round with Bello and Wiechert producing a dominant closeout in an 8-4 victory in doubles, winning 12 of the final 13 points of the match. Jake Yasgoor PI ’17 and Wiechert each took the first set in singles at No. 1 and No. 2, and Hudson (6-4) and Bello (7-5) came up on the short end of tight first-set battles at No. 3 and No. 6. CMS was able to get the clinching point for a 5-1 win with a two-set win at No. 5 (after winning at No.3 and No. 4).
Women’s Lacrosse played in its first-ever NCAA Tournament game at Redlands on Saturday, but the Bulldogs were able to close out the first half on a 7-0 run to take a 9-2 lead into the break and went on to a 14-6 win. Aubrey Douglass PI ’16 had the first two goals for the Sagehens, while Ally McLaughlin ’16 and Alexa Sarussi ’15 added second-half goals. The team finished the year 16-5 shattering the program record for wins in a season (11).
Women’s Lacrosse also received their year-end awards from the SCIAC, with McLaughlin winning Defensive Player of the Year honors, and Gaby Fukumura ’17 earning the Newcomer of the Year honor. Baseball also had its postseason honors announced, with Simon Rosenbaum ’16 winning the Player of the Year honor after producing a Pomonaesque final stat line of .474 with 47 runs batted in. Tanner Nishioka ’17 earned the Newcomer of the Year Award after batting .399 with 36 RBI.
The coming weeks will see several Sagehens competing as individuals in NCAA Tournaments. Jennifer Kim ’17 will be in action this week at the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championships. Sammy Chao ’14 and Lea Lynn Yen ’16 will be in the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Doubles Championships, beginning on May 22. NCAA Track and Field Invitations for May 22-24 are still pending, but Paul Messana PI ’17 (800 meters) and Ben Girodias ’15 (10K) are in the hunt for qualifications on the men’s side, while Ailene Nguyen ’16 is in position for her second straight invitation in the long jump.
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