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May 3, 2014

CMS edges out La Verne for 2014 SCIAC Women’s Tennis Championships title

CLAREMONT, Calif. – For the third season in a row and the 16th time in school history, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s tennis team has won the conference championship. Top-seeded CMS defeated third-seeded La Verne 5-4 in the finals of the 2014 SCIAC Women’s Tennis Championships at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center. In the third place match, Redlands defeated Pomona-Pitzer 7-2 while Chapman defeated Whittier 7-2 in the fifth place match and Caltech topped Cal Lutheran 6-3 in the seventh place match.

CMS 5, La Verne 4 (Championship Match)
La Verne got the first point of the match with an 8-1 win in No. 2 doubles as Andrea Madrigal and Bridget Etchegaray defeated CMS’ Chloe Dobbert and Sarah Kukino. CMS then came back and won the remaining two doubles points as Caroline Ward and Katie Kuosman (No. 1 doubles) along with Yvonne Likomanova and Crystal Lim (No. 3 doubles) won 8-3.

Taking two of three doubles matches proved to be crucial as La Verne and CMS had three extremely competitive matches in the top three singles positions. The bottom half of CMS’ lineup sealed the win as CMS took No. 4, 5 and 6 singles. Victoria Santoro in No. 6 singles gave CMS a 5-1 lead as she clinched the championship match for CMS with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Bridget Etchegaray. In the top three singles matches, La Verne won each match with Madrigal, Laina Matsuda and Jeanette Losaria all getting wins, two of those matches in tiebreakers.

Redlands 7, Pomona-Pitzer 2 (3rd Place Match)
Down 2-1 after doubles, No. 4 Redlands swept its way through singles play to win the third place match 7-2 over No. 2 seed Pomona-Pitzer at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center. Pomona-Pitzer’s No. 1 doubles team of Sammy Chao and Lea Lynn Yen (8-6) and No. 3 doubles team of Maddie Gordon and Rosemary Pelch (8-5) got Pomona-Pitzer off to a strong start. Redlands took the top three singles matches in two sets as Jessica Ly, Natalie Etchegaray, Ceara Sumida, Lauren Villanueva, Emily Murnin and Paige Press all got singles wins for Redlands.

Chapman 7, Whittier 2 (5th Place Match)
Chapman took both doubles (2-1) and singles play (5-1) en route to a 7-2 victory over Whittier in the fifth place match at Pomona-Pitzer’s Pauley Tennis Complex. Sophia Duong and Kelley Klebenow got Chapman the first point of the match in No. 3 doubles with an 8-3 win. Whittier’s lone doubles point came in the No. 2 position as Liliana Serylo and Benay Weintraub won 8-6.

Duong clinched the match for Chapman with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Serylo in No. 3 singles.

Caltech 6, Cal Lutheran 3 (7th Place Match)
Caltech took both doubles (2-1) and singles play (4-2) as they defeated Cal Lutheran 6-3 in the seventh place match at Pomona-Pitzer’s Pauley Tennis Complex. Rebekah Kitto and Monica Li in No. 1 doubles for Caltech got Caltech on the board first with an 8-4 win. Cal Lu got its doubles point in the No. 2 position as Lindsay Murphy and Dana Rauqust won 8-5.

Caltech got singles wins in the No. 1, 3, 5 and 6 positions as Kitto (6-0, 6-1), Jenny Sheng (6-1, 6-0), Sophia Chen (6-1, 6-1) and Michelle Tang (4-6, 6-4, 10-5) all won their respective matches.

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