Pomona-Pitzer women’s tennis sent six players to Ojai, Calif. last week to compete in the 113th Ojai Tournament, the largest amateur tennis tournament in the United States.
Singles play began Thursday morning with Jamie Solomon PZ ’13, Mae Coyiuto PO ’16, and Lea Lynn Yen PO ’16 all taking easy wins in their first round matches in the “Independent College” draw of 32. Coyiuto defeated her opponent from Mills College without dropping a game, while Solomon also cruised to a perfect 6-0, 6-0 win over her opponent from Hope College. Yen won a strong 6-2, 6-0 victory over her opponent from Biola University.
In the round of 16, the Hens faced tougher competition. Solomon suffered a 6-2, 6-1 loss to Chloe Dobbert of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, while Yen fell in a tough battle against University of Redlands’s number-two player with a score of 7-5, 6-3. Coyiuto, however, won her match against her opponent from University of La Verne 6-3, 7-5 to put her through to the quarterfinals.
In the quarterfinals, Coyiuto faced her toughest competition yet but came away with a dramatic win over top-seeded Jessica Ly of Redlands. Coyiuto’s win was the biggest upset of the tournament and came in very dramatic fashion. After falling 6-2 in the first set, Coyiuto stormed back to take the second 6-1. The third set went to a tiebreaker, which was neck-and-neck until Coyiuto took the 8-7 point to give her a 9-7 win in the tiebreak with a final score of 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7).
In the semifinals, Coyiuto faced Dobbert of CMS, who had taken out the fourth and fifth seeds in the tournament. Coyiuto lost the first set 6-3 but came back to take the second 6-3. She eventually fell 6-2 in the third. Dobbert went on to win the tournament by defeating the second seed in the finals.
“If I had a choice, I don’t think I would’ve left Ojai,” Coyiuto said. “I got to watch some great tennis and spend time with the best people.”
In the first round of doubles play, both the Hens’ duos had byes. They then squared off against teams from Whittier College. Kara Wang PO ’13 and Sammy Chao PO ’14 easily handled Whittier’s number-three team 6-1, 6-0, while Solomon and Marie Fleming PZ ’16 fought off Whittier’s number-two team, taking a 6-4, 6-4 win.
In the quarterfinals, Wang and Chao defeated a team from La Verne 6-4, 6-4, but Solomon and Fleming faced University of California, Santa Cruz’s top team, and fell in a close match, 6-4, 4-6, 10-7.
Wang and Chao went on to play another team from UC Santa Cruz in the semifinals, and despite a dramatic comeback to win the second set, they suffered a 6-2, 6-7(5), 10-3 loss.
The team heads into the SCIAC tournament today seeded second behind CMS.
“I think we are still on our way up, and SCIACs is where we are going to prove ourselves,” Yen said.
The Hens face California Lutheran University in the first round of the tournament today at 10 a.m. at CMS. The next round is scheduled for this afternoon.