CMS and La Verne to face off in finals of SCIAC Women’s Tennis Championships

CMS and La Verne to face off in finals of SCIAC Women’s Tennis Championships

CLAREMONT, Calif. – On Day 1 of the 2014 SCIAC Women’s Tennis Championships hosted by top-seed CMS, the higher seeds all won their respective matches in the first and second rounds, with one exception, as third seeded La Verne defeated second seeded Pomona-Pitzer in the second round. CMS and La Verne advanced through the first two rounds undefeated and will face off in the championship match on Saturday at 10 a.m. at CMS’ Biszantz Family Tennis Center. Redlands vs. Pomona-Pitzer (3rd Place Match), Chapman vs. Whittier (5th Place) and Cal Lutheran vs. Caltech (7th Place) close out the SCIAC Championships on May 3 with the final matches of the two day event.

First Round

No. 1 CMS 5, No. 8 Cal Lutheran 0 (Match 1)
CMS cruised to a 5-0 win over Cal Lutheran to advance and face Redlands. CMS won each of its three doubles matches, the closest coming in No. 3 doubles as Erin Coughlan and Sheena Patel defeated Cal Lutheran’s Sarah Baker and Rebecca Drake 8-6. Sarah Kukino (6-1, 6-0) in No. 3 singles and Coughlan (6-0, 6-0) in No. 6 singles closed out the win for CMS.

No. 4 Redlands 5, No. 5 Chapman 1 (Match 2)
Redlands took No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to get off to a 2-1 start against Chapman. Chapman’s Sophia Duong and Kelley Klebenow won 9-7 in No. 3 doubles. Then in singles play, Redlands took the top two singles matches along with No. 5 singles as Jessica Ly (6-2, 6-4) in No. 1 singles, Natalie Etchegaray (6-1, 6-4) in No. 2 singles and Emily Murnin (6-0, 6-0) in No. 5 singles all got wins.

No. 3 La Verne 5, No. 6 Whittier 1 (Match 3)
La Verne took No. 1 doubles (8-4) and No. 3 doubles (8-3) and nearly earned the doubles sweep, but Whittier’s Liliana Serylo and Benay Weintraub won No. 2 doubles in a tiebreaker. La Verne moved through singles play easily, winning its three singles points, all in two sets. Laina Matsuda (6-2, 6-2) in No. 2 singles, Jeanette Losaria (6-1, 6-0) in No. 3 singles and Lauren Torres (6-2, 6-1) all won their respective matches.

No. 2 Pomona-Pitzer 5, No. 7 Caltech 0 (Match 4)
Pomona-Pitzer swept its way into the second round with a 5-0 win over Caltech. Pomona-Pitzer’s closest doubles match came by an 8-3 score in No. 1 doubles. In singles, Maddie Gordon (6-0, 6-0) in No. 4 singles and Claire Willey (6-2, 6-1) in No. 6 singles got wins for the second-seeded Sagehens.

Second Round

CMS 6, Redlands 3 (Match 5)
With a spot in the championship match on the line, Redlands made life tough for top-seeded CMS as CMS won 6-3, taking two of three doubles points and four singles points. Caroline Ward and Katie Kuosman defeated Ly and Ceara Sumida 8-3 in No. 1 doubles while Crystal Lim and Yvonne Likomanova earned the shutout in No. 3 doubles, 8-0. In singles, CMS took the top four positions while Redlands earned points in No. 5 and No. 6 singles. Murnin and Julia Pollak got the singles wins for Redlands.

La Verne 7, Pomona-Pitzer 2 (Match 6)
The lone upset of the day came in this match as La Verne came away with a 7-2 win behind a doubles sweep that saw La Verne win two matches in a tiebreaker. Losaria and Matsuda for La Verne won 9-8 (7-0) in No. 1 doubles while Torres and Shenelle Trujillo won 9-8 (7-5) in No. 3 doubles. In singles, La Verne took No.1, 2, 3 and 6 singles. Pomona-Pitzer’s Arthi Padmanabhan (6-1, 6-0) in No. 4 singles and Gordon in No. 5 singles got the team’s two points.

Chapman 8, Cal Lutheran 1 (Match 7)
Cal Lutheran’s lone point came in No. 2 doubles as Lindsay Murphy and Dana Rauqust defeated Madison Mathis and Madeline Saunders 8-2. Chapman then took all six singles points, the closest match being in No. 4 singles as Saunders defeated Shelby Kubota 4-6, 6-3, 10-3.

Whittier 7, Caltech 2 (Match 8)
Caltech took No. 3 doubles and No. 3 singles but Whittier proved to be too strong up and down its lineup, winning No. 1 doubles 8-1 and No. 2 doubles 8-2. In singles, Whittier had a tougher time as Caltech forced three sets in No. 2 and No. 6 singles and Jenny Sheng of Caltech defeated Serylo in No. 3 singles 6-4, 6-0.

Saturday’s matches get underway at 10 a.m.

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