Pomona-Pitzer wins 2010 SCIAC Tournament Championship
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– Top-seeded Pomona-Pitzer capped its 2010 Southern
California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament with a
resounding 7-2 win over second-seeded Redlands in the championship
game to claim this season’s conference crown.
The Sagehens rolled into the championship game behind a 5-0 win over Caltech in the opening round and a 9-0 win over fifth-seeded Occidental in the semifinals.
Redlands played Pomona-Pitzer holding with the Sagehens and only trailing 2-1 after doubles. The Sagehens’ Kara Wang and Jaime Solomon won at the top spot, 8-5, and the No. 3 team of Jessica Hsu and Zoe Fisher held off a resilient No. 3 team from Redlands (Sutton Anderson and Nicole Gerentine), 9-8 (7-5).
The Bulldog win came at the second spot where Rachael Miller and Sara Yoshinaga earned an 8-5 decision.
The Sagehens came out of the break on fire and won a 5-of-6 singles matches en route to the win. Siobhan Finicane defeated Paige Sumida, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 1 singles, Solomon was victorious over Miller at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-2, Wang beat Whitney Waters, 6-3, 6-3, at the third spot, Nicole Holsted was a 6-2, 6-3, winner over Yoshinaga at No. 4 singles and Hsu won a three-set battle over Anderson, 6-2, 4-6, 10-5, at the fifth spot.
Redland’s lone singles’ win came from Gerentine who came back after she dropped the first set 6-0 to beat Fisher in the next two, 6-3, 6-2.
Claremont-M-S finished in the same position they were ranked entering the tournament…third. The Athenas beat Whittier 5-1 in the first round but lost 7-2 to Redlands in the semifinals landing them in the third place game against fifth-seeded Occidental.
The Tigers had the only first round upset as they beat fourth-seeded Cal Lutheran, 5-2. Occidental was then sent to the third place game after a humbling 9-0 loss to Pomona-Pitzer.
In arguably the match of the tournament, Claremont-M-S bounced back from a 3-0 hole after doubles to win 5-4 behind a 5-1-effort in singles.
The last two on the court where CMS’ Katie Lorish and Occidental’s Marissa Cassman who played a marathon for the match at No. 2 singles. Lorish won the first set 6-4 but Cassman responded with a quick 6-0 win in the second. In the match deciding set was Lorish who claimed the 7-6 (9-7) win to complete the Athena comeback.
After its disappointing loss to Occidental in the first round, Cal Lutheran picked up two straight 9-0 wins to finish fifth while Whittier held off Caltech, 5-4, in the last match of the tournament to claim seventh.