Host Athenas represented in ITA West Region doubles and singles finals

Crystal Lim (left), Caroline Ward (middle), Katie Kousman (right)
Crystal Lim (left), Caroline Ward (middle), Katie Kousman (right)

CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's tennis team had representatives in both the singles and doubles main draw finals of the USTA/ITA Small College West Regional Championships over the weekend at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center. Freshman No. 9 seed Katie Kousman made the singles finals for CMS while the No. 2 seeded doubles team of sophomore Caroline Ward and senior Crystal Lim made the doubles finals.

Kousman won five matches en route to the singles final with wins over three individuals who were seeded higher than her. Kousman topped No. 7 seed Jeanette Losaria of La Verne (6-3, 6-2) in the round of 16, No. 4 seed Natalie Etchegaray of Redlands (5-7, 6-2, 6-2) in the quarterfinals and top-seeded Maegan Zamilpa of Whittier (5-7, 6-3, 6-3) in the semifinals before losing in the finals to No. 2 seed Andrea Madrigal of La Verne (6-3, 6-4).

All told, the Athenas had five representatives (Kousman, Ward, senior Chloe Dobert, senior Crystal Lim and junior Sarah Kukino) in the Round of 16 in the singles main draw. Ward, the No. 5 seed in singles made it all the way to the quarterfinals before losing to the eventual champion, Madrigal, 6-4, 6-1.

In doubles play, the second-seeded team of Ward and Lim won four matches on the way to the finals with wins over doubles teams from Whittier, La Verne and Pomona-Pitzer. In the finals, the No. 3 seeded team of Samantha Chao and Lea Lynn Yen from Pomona-Pitzer defeated Ward and Lim in tiebreaker sets 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7). CMS had two doubles teams reach at least the quarterfinals. While Lim and Ward advanced through the quarterfinals and into the finals, the doubles team of Kousman and Kukino made the quarterfinals, but lost 8-2 to top-seeded Jessica Ly and Natalie Etchegaray of Redlands.

The Athenas open their 2014 regular season on Jan. 15 against Chaminade.

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