The 2018 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Women's Tennis Tournament is set to begin Friday, May 4 on the campuses of top-seeded Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) and second-seeded Pomona-Pitzer.
CMS (22-2, 7-0 SCIAC) will host fourth-seeded Chapman (10-8, 4-3 SCIAC) at 3 p.m. on Friday in SCIAC Tournament semifinal action. The Athenas were 7-0 in league play during the 2018 campaign dropping just one point against their conference foes. Friday's other semifinal features second-seeded Pomona-Pitzer (13-6, 6-1 SCIAC) hosting third-seeded Redlands (11-9, 5-2 SCIAC) at 1 p.m. The Sagehens' one loss this season came to CMS, 8-1, while the Bulldogs fell to both the Athenas and Pomona-Pitzer earlier this season. Friday's semifinal winners will compete for the SCIAC Tournament title on Saturday, May 5 on the campus of the highest remaining seed.
A national semifinalist in 2017, CMS won the conference tournament crown with 5-0 victories over Chapman and Caltech, before edging Pomona-Pitzer in the title contest, 5-4 in thrilling fashion. The Sagehens knocked off Whittier, 5-0, before besting Redlands, 5-1 in the semifinals to reach the tournament final. The Bulldogs posted a 5-0 win over Occidental in the quarterfinals of last year's tournament.
Featuring at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions for CMS is Catherine Allen who has collected an impressive, 20-5 overall tally to lead the Athenas this season. A mainstay in No. 1 and No. 2 doubles with partner Caroline Cox, the tandem has logged a 17-2 ledger this season. Primarily slotted at No. 1 or No. 2 singles, Pomona-Pitzer's Maryann Zhao has recorded a 14-5 overall record so far in 2018, whle she and teammate Arianna Chen have secured a 7-1 record from No. 1 doubles. Zhao has also teammed with Emily Chen this season and together the duo has posted an 11-5 overall mark.
Redlands' Sarah Ikioka has paced the Bulldogs all season from No. 1 singles posting a 17-7 overall record. From the No. 1 doubles court, Ikioka and teammate Elizabeth Johnson have been stellar notching a record of 20-7 so far this season. Chapman's Alisa Ogranovich has been prominently featured at No. 1 singles for the Panthers throughout the 2018 campaign. Ogranovich has totaled a 13-6 overall mark, while also posting a record of 5-2 in No. 2 doubles with teammate Vasillisa Trofimova.