Fall 2021 ITA West Regionals, ITA Cup, and DIII Rankings

In early October of 2021, members of the PPWT (Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Tennis) Team played in the Division III Women’s West ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) Fall Regional Championships on our home courts in Claremont, California. Three Sagehens then traveled to Rome, Georgia for the ITA Cup. We are excited to share a team update on these two tournaments, as well as the latest ITA rankings.

ITA Regionals

The PPWT Team competed well at the West ITA Regionals from October 2 to 4, 2021, with strong performances from Angie Zhou ‘25, Marissa Markey ‘25, and Nina Ye ‘24. 

Angie and Marissa defeated CMS’ (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps) pair of Crystal Juan and Gabby Lee in the Women’s Doubles Championship in straight sets (6-4, 6-4), after four other victories, including an 8-5 win over another CMS duo in the semifinal. 

Both Nina and Angie had impressive runs throughout the Women’s Singles Championship, winning all of their matches in straight sets. Nina picked up a 6-1, 6-2 win in the semifinal against CMS’ Sena Selby to advance to the final. Angie defeated CMS’ Nikolina Batoshvili in straight sets (6-1, 6-3), earning the other spot in the Singles Championship. After her Doubles victory with Marissa, Angie withdrew from the Sagehen vs. Sagehen final, giving Nina the title by default. 

Angie, Marissa, and Nina each earned All-American honors for their victories, as well as the chance to compete in the ITA Cup.

Other Highlights

The Sagehens competed in two different flights in the Women’s Open Singles Championship. 

In Flight A, Marissa had an incredible first-round match against the No. 6 seed, Gabby Lee of CMS, eventually losing 6-1, 4-6, 14-12. 

Alex Coleman ‘24 comfortably won her first-round match against Jasmine Saunders of Whittier, 6-0, 6-0, before falling in a very closely contested match against the No. 5 seed, Sena Selby, 6-3, 6-4. 

Amelia Poor ‘25 seemed to be the three-set warrior of the tournament, beating a very strong new player from Chapman, Alexis Golin, 5-7, 6-2, 10-7, before upsetting the No. 2 seed, Audrey Yoon of CMS, 5-7, 7-6 (4), 10-7. On the second day, Amelia eventually fell in one of the longest matches of the tournament to CMS’ Sena Selby 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2).

Georgia Ryan ‘23 defeated Caltech’s Jennifer Yu 6-1, 6-2, but withdrew in the round of 16.

In Flight B, Samantha Moore Thomson ‘25 defeated Redlands’ Abby Nash, before losing to Caltech’s Riti Agarwal, the eventual finalist of the draw. Melisha Dogra ‘22 had a close first-round match, falling 2-6, 7-6(4), 10-8 to Olivia Desso of Chapman.

In the Women’s Open Doubles, Patria Aziz ‘23 and Janie Marcus ‘23 reached the quarterfinals with an 8-7 (5) victory over CMS’ Sydney Lee and Ella Brissett in the round of 16. Nina and Georgia also advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Caltech’s Athena Kolli and Emily Zhang 8-4 in the previous round.

Two other PP pairs reached the round of 16. The duo of Alicia Carmona Cornejo ‘24 and Amelia had an 8-2 victory over a team from Caltech in the first round. Meanwhile, Maria Lyven ‘22 and Alex defeated a pair from Redlands 8-1, before withdrawing from the tournament.

Coach Mike Morgan’s Thoughts

“The ITA [Regional Championships] were a great sign of the work that the entire team had put in throughout the Covid-19 break by the team. Beyond the obvious signs of progress, what I was most excited about and proud of was the energy, focus, and team atmosphere that the entire team brought throughout the event. A sign of good things to come!!”

ITA Cup

Having come out of the ITA Regional as champions and recipients of All-American honors, Marissa, Angie, and Nina earned the privilege of playing at the National ITA Cup, hosted by Berry College in Rome, Georgia from October 14 to 17.

Nina started off the tournament with a 7-5, 6-3 win over UT Dallas’ Suzuka Nishino. In the second round, Ye upset No. 3 ranked Dakota Fordham of NYU (New York University), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in a hard-fought and big-hitting match. In the semifinals, Nina had a great back-and-forth battle with Eliza McPherron of NYU, ending with the score of 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. 

Angie also competed in the singles competition and earned a win in the first round as she upset the No. 4 seed, University of Chicago’s Sylwia Mikos, 6-3, 6-2. In the quarterfinals, Angie played the longest match of the tournament, fighting till the very end before falling to Carol Plakk of NYU, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5.

PP (Pomona-Pitzer) was also represented by Angie and Marissa in the doubles competition. The Sagehens duo came away with a win in the first round as they defeated the team of Daria Beshentseva and Victoria Vazquez from Kenyon, 6-4, 6-1. Angie and Marissa fell in the quarterfinals to Shianna Guo and Sylwia Mikos, 6-1, 6-3. In their last match of the tournament, the Sagehens received a default from Carnegie Mellon’s pair.

Sagehens at the ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) Cup in Rome.

ITA National and Regional Rankings

Following strong results at the ITA West Regionals and ITA Cup in October, four Sagehens – Amelia, Angie, Marissa, and Nina – are currently listed in the ITA Division III Women’s Regional and National Rankings as of December 9. 

PP and NYU were the only teams to have more than one player ranked in the top ten of the ITA’s national singles rankings. Nina is ranked No. 3 and Angie is ranked No. 6 in the country.

Three Sagehens are represented in the West Region’s singles rankings. Nina and Angie hold the top two singles rankings, while Amelia is ranked No. 13 in the region.

Angie and Marissa are not only the highest-ranking doubles team in the West Region but also hold the No. 7 doubles ranking in the nation.

We are so proud of the team and can’t wait to see all of our Sagehens back in action in 2022!

(Images courtesy of Pomona-Pitzer Athletics)

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