Pomona-Pitzer Makes Quick Work Of Texas-Tyler In NCAA Opening Round
Claremont, Calif. - Kara Wang (Saratoga, Calif. - pictured) and Sammy Chao (Hong Kong, China) won at both singles and doubles as Pomona-Pitzer earned a 5-0 win over Texas-Tyler in the opening round of the NCAA West Regional at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
With the win, No. 14 Pomona-Pitzer improves to 15-6 on the year and will advance to face No. 13 Trinity (Texas) on Saturday at 2 p.m. Host CMS, which is ranked ninth nationally, will face the winner of the opening round contest between UC Santa Cruz and Whitman.
Pomona-Pitzer took all three doubles points, as Chao and sophomore Arthi Padmanabhan (Saratoga, Calif.) earned an 8-2 win at No. 2 and seniors Emily Kawahara (Sacramento, Claif.) and Nicole Holsted (Edmund, Okla.) earned an 8-2 win at No. 3.
The closes doubles competition was at No. 1, where Wang and junior Jamie Solomon (Los Gatos, Calif.) were down a break early, but regrouped to pull ahead in the middle of the match and captured the 8-5 win to give Pomona-Pitzer a 3-0 lead.
The Sagehens took the first set at all six singles courts, and it was just a matter of which two matches ended first as to who would get credit for the individual victories. Chao was the first one in the books at 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 singles, and Wang finished off a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 3 to end the match at 5-0 (the other matches were halted in progress once the team victory was clinched).
Pomona-Pitzer faced Trinity back on March 10 at home and dropped a 7-2 decision. Chao won at singles and doubles (with Padmanabhan), while Solomon (three sets) and Holsted (two sets) fell in tiebreakers and Holsted/Kawahara dropped a 9-7 decision at No. 3 doubles.
1. Jamie Solomon/Kara Wang (PP) def. Amy Friesenhan/Sydni Hermsdorf 8-5
2. Sammy Chao/Arthi Padmanabhan (PP) def. Jessica Blundell/Jennifer Payne 8-2
3. Nicole Holsted/Emily Kawahara (PP) def. Ashley Albro/Morgan Wilkins 8-2
2. Sammy Chao (PP) def. Sydni Hermsdorf 6-0, 6-1
3. Kara Wang (PP) def. Jessica Blundell 6-2, 6-3
All other matches halted after team victory was secured.