Arianna Chen Clinches 7-2 Victory for No. 4 Pomona-Pitzer against No. 12 Women’s Tennis on Friday

CLAREMONT, Calif. – The No. 4 Pomona-Pitzer women's tennis team defeated No. 12 Tufts University, 7-2, on Friday in Claremont, California, as the Jumbos suffered their first loss of the 2017 season. 

Conner Calabro was victorious in No. 6 singles for the Jumbos.

The Jumbos finished their spring-break trip with a 4-1 record, as the squad will compete in its home opener on Wednesday against No. 18 Brandeis at 3 p.m. in Medford, Massachusetts. Sophomore Arianna Chen clinched the match for the Sagehens (9-3) with a straight-set victory, 6-2, 6-3, over freshman Katherine Wiley during No. 4 singles. 

The Sagehens opened up the event by winning all three doubles matches, as juniors Emily Chen and Maryann Zhao took down junior Lauren Louks and sophomore Mina Karamercan, 8-3, during No. 1 doubles. 

The Jumbos received strong efforts by Wiley and sophomore Otilia Popa during No. 2 doubles, but the duo fell short, 8-6, to sophomore Caroline Casper and Chen. Senior captain Conner Calabro and sophomore Tomo Iwasaki left it all on the court during No. 3 doubles, but were ultimately outlasted by junior Grace Hruska and sophomore Joy Kim, 9-7. 

Casper hit the ground running in No. 1 singles and never looked back, as the Santa Cruz, California, native defeated Louks, 6-1. 6-1. Zhao and Karamercan treated spectators to a thrilling battle in No. 2 singles, as Zhao claimed the first set, 6-2. Karamercan answered the bell with a 6-4 triumph in second-set action, and then Zhao narrowly won, 12-10, in the final event. 

Iwasaki made her presence felt during No. 3 singles, as she posted a commanding two-set victory, 6-1, 6-2, over senior Mae Coyiuto. Kim was victorious in No. 5 singles, outperforming senior captain Alexa Meltzer, 6-2, 6-4. 

After almost pulling out a win with Iwasaki in No. 3 doubles, Calabro took her talents to No. 6 singles and performed admirably, defeating Hruska during the crucial first set, 7-6 (5). The Sherman Oaks, California, native then closed out the match with a convincing 6-2 win during the second set.

Written by Trevor Wenners, Athletic Communications Intern

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