#6 Women’s Tennis Continues Their Winning Ways

After four long days of matches, the Pomona-Pitzer women’s tennis team has maintained its undefeated record and #6 national ITA ranking without incurring so much as a blemish.

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The competition steepened last week with matches against Vassar, UC Santa Cruz, Trinity (Texas), and Skidmore—all ranked between 18th and 30th nationally. Despite their high rankings, these teams posed no threat to the Hens, who won 9-0, 8-1, 8-1, and 9-0 respectively.

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“The matches played last weekend were much tougher than the scores indicated,” Coach Ann Lebedeff said. “One may look at the team match score and see an 8-1 or 9-0 score, but each point, game, and set showed a much closer match.”

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The diverse set of opponents gave the Pomona-Pitzer women’s tennis team much more of a challenge than the previous week, when the Hens put down Whittier and Occidental without dropping a set.

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“At one point in the UC Santa Cruz match we were down in four of the singles matches by a set each,” Lebedeff said. Ultimately the team came back to win the match by a score of 8-1 but not without losing its first individual match of the season. Arthi Padmanabhan PO ’14 lost in two sets 6-3, 6-4. The next day Padmanabhan lost again at the #3 singles spot against Trinity-Texas; however, she rallied to win on Sunday versus Skidmore 6-0, 6-4.

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“I struggled a bit at first, but I’m glad I was able to turn it around in the Skidmore match,” Padmanabhan said. “I was particularly impressed through those four days at how we kept up the momentum throughout.”

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Coach Lebedeff reinforced her confidence in Padmanabhan throughout the weekend, saying, “The #3 spot is a tough assignment, especially for a freshman. I think Arthi is feeling out her game right now, and I’m sure she will find many challenges and successes in her upcoming matches.”

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As of the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, released March 17, the Hens are still ranked 6th nationally, with four singles players and all three doubles teams ranked regionally. Jamie Solomon PZ ’13 is second in the West, Kara Wang PO ’13 9th, Padmanabhan 20th, and Nicole Holsted PO ’12 21st. The doubles tandems of Solomon/Wang, Holsted/Emily Kawahara PZ ’12, and Sammy Chao PO ‘14/Padmanabhan are ranked third, 13th, and 14th respectively.

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The Hens play NAIA opponent Pt. Loma Nazarene today at 3 at home and Cal State L.A. tomorrow at 2, also on the Pomona courts.

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