Women’s tennis fell to CMS Saturday but came back to defeat Chapman Sunday and Caltech Wednesday. The Caltech match was rescheduled from Friday due to rain.
On Saturday night, all four tennis teams at the 5Cs gathered at the Biszantz Tennis Center on Sixth Street for both the men’s and women’s Pomona-Pitzer vs CMS matches. CMS took both, as the Sagecocks lost 7-2 while the Hens lost 9-0.
In the women’s matches, the Hens got into a hole quickly as they lost all three doubles matches. At the top spot, Jamie Solomon PZ ’13 and Kara Wang PO ’13, the second-ranked team in the region, lost to the region’s top team with a score of 8-1. At No. 2, Samantha Chao PO ’14 and Arthi Padmanabhan PO ’14 fell 8-3. The loss gave Chao her first loss of the season in either singles or doubles. At No. 3, Nicole Holsted PO ’12 and Emily Kawahara PZ ’12 fell 8-4.
In singles play, the Hens lost all six matches for a final score of 9-0. Chao was pulled from the No. 2 spot due to injury, moving everyone except Solomon up one line and pulling Kawahara in at No. 6.
The match gives the team their first conference loss of the season.
The Hens rebounded Sunday against Chapman for a 6-3 win, after being down 2-1 after doubles.
As all three doubles matches started, things were looking bleak for the Hens; the top two teams fell behind quickly, and the third team of Holsted and Kawahara had a tough match as well. However, Solomon and Wang were able to come back after being down 4-1 to put the Hens on the board with an 8-6 victory. At No. 2, Chao and Padmanabhan were unable to turn their match around and fell 8-4. At the third spot, Holsted and Kawahara played a close match and eventually fell 9-7.
In singles play, the team came back strong, winning five of six singles matches. Holsted had a particularly dominating performance at No. 5, with a 6-2, 6-0 win. Chao, Padmanabhan, Hsu and Kawahara also won their matches. Solomon fell to Chapman’s top player in a close tiebreak in the first set and lost her second set 6-2.
The Hens defeated Caltech 8-1 on Wednesday to improve their SCIAC record to 5-1. The Hens swept doubles and won five of the six singles matches. Alex Antonoplis PO ’14 and Ellie Shanholt PO ’12 stepped into the fifth and sixth spots respectively, and neither lost a game in either of their matches. Kristin Brikmanis PO ’14, who has been fighting an injury, was able to to step into the lineup Wednesday and came away with a 6-4, 7-5 win.
In the last match of the regular season, the team will face Redlands April 22 in an important conference matchup. Following that, a few members of the team will travel to Ojai to compete individually in the The Ojai Tournament.
Looking ahead to the end of the season, the Hens will compete in the SCIAC tournament May 4 and 5 at Cal Lutheran’s courts in Thousand Oaks.