Back-to-back West Region doubles titles for Athena duo

Caroline Ward and Katie Kuosman (Photo by Ellen Friedlander)
Caroline Ward and Katie Kuosman (Photo by Ellen Friedlander)

CLAREMONT, Calif. – For the second-straight year, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's tennis doubles team of junior Katie Kuosman (CMC) and senior Caroline Ward (CMC) won the doubles title at the USTA/ITA Division III West Regional Championships. The Regionals were held on Oct. 2-4 at Claremont McKenna College's Biszantz Family Tennis Center.

As a result of winning the regional, the two have earned an automatic berth to the 2015 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships, October 15-18, in Sumter, S.C. The Small College Championships are familiar territory for Ward and Kuosman, having won the national title in 2014.

In the regional championship match, top-seeded Kuosman and Ward defeated seventh-seeded Emily Chen and Maryann Zhao of Pomona-Pitzer, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. To reach the championship match, Ward and Kuosman won four matches along the way including a tough 8-6 win in the semifinals against fourth-seeded Catherine Allen and Natalie Etchegaray.

CMS sophomores Lindsay Brown (CMC) and Kyla Scott (HMC), the No. 6 seeded doubles team in the tournament, won two matches over the weekend and advanced to the quarterfinals before getting knocked out by the tournament's No. 3 seed, a team from Pomona-Pitzer.

In addition to Brown and Scott, CMS sophomore Bria Smith (CMC) and freshman CC Schwab (CMC) were the other CMS doubles team to win a match, sweeping Madison Madewell and Margaux San Nicholas of La Verne 8-0 in the Round of 32.

In singles, Kuosman, the No. 3 seed advanced all the way to the finals before losing 6-2, 6-4 to No. 4 seed Joy Kim of Pomona-Pitzer. Ward also made it to the semifinals for CMS in the 64-individual field. Brown, Smith and Scott all made it to the Round of 16 for CMS in addition to Ward and Kuosman.

By Chris Watts
Director of Athletics Communication
Claremont McKenna College

USTA/ITA National Small College Championships Info/Results

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