CLAREMONT, Calif. — The nation’s No. 3-ranked NCAA Division III women’s tennis team, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, proved to be too much for the No. 27 ranked Whitman Blues on Friday afternoon in regional women’s tennis action at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.
The Athenas swept their way through doubles play 3-0 before clinching the first two points of singles play to earn the victory.
“We played a very good match today. We’ve improved all year and it showed. You can always play better but the team was great today” said Whitman coach John Hein. “I’m really proud of this team, but today, all of the credit has to go to CMS. They really earned it.”
The doubles matches were anything but a given, even as CMS looked to gain early advantages in all three matches.
Anastasiya Redkina and Kattie Pak played their opponents Kyla Scott and Juliette Martin close, even drawing even at 2-2. But from there, the pair of first-year players simply did not have enough to match CMS, and eventually fell 8-2.
Mary Hill and Lori Sheng were a couple of key moments away from potentially turning around their doubles match.
Trailing 3-1 and with CMS on the serve, a stretch unfolded in which both teams could not earn two consecutive points needed to take the game.
Eventually CMS, serving with the advantage, took the set 8-3.
Claremont earned the sweep after Lindsay Brown and Nicole Tan won the first seven games in their contest against Hanna Greenberg and Andrea Gu.
The Blues top duo managed to win the next two games, but eventually CMS won the matchup 8-2, and earned the doubles sweep.
Kattie Pak had difficulties with the No. 6 from CMS, Ana Bryan-Anajia, losing in straight sets 6-0, 6-2.
All six members of the Blues had dropped their first set in singles, but the final point would come for CMS on court No. 2.
After Andrea Gu traded games early with Brown from CMS, Brown eventually took the first set 6-3.
After that, Brown had all of the momentum, and was able to finish the sweep off for the Athenas, defeating Gu 6-1 in set two.
“It obviously was not the result we wanted, but the tournament is a great send off to our two seniors and we have a lot to look forward to next year,” Hein remarked afterwards. “Making the tournament for the second time in three years is a great accomplishment, and as we had stressed, the goal from the beginning of the year to now was to get better.”