Hens Fight Back to Beat No. 2 Emory, 7-2

On an absolutely gorgeous Saturday afternoon and after the men’s team’s very exciting 5-4 victory over Swarthmore, the No. 3 PPWT (Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Tennis) Team faced off the No. 2-ranked Emory University in our first match since the 2022 ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) Division III National Indoor Championship. The Sagehens picked up a win at No. 1 doubles and swept all six singles matches, defeating the Emory Eagles 7-2 on March 12.

In doubles, the Sagehens went down a break at No. 3, stayed on serve at No. 2, and went up a couple of breaks at No. 1 to start off the day. Alex Coleman 24 and Patria Aziz 23 clawed their way back into the No. 3 doubles match, before falling 6-8. On the next court, Marissa Markey 25 and Angie Zhou ‘25 (birthday girl!!!) played a very close match at No. 2 doubles, but eventually lost 6-8. At No. 1 doubles, Maria Lyven ‘22 and Nina Ye ‘24 closed out a solid 8-5 win over the Eagles.

Although we were down 1-2 after the doubles, every member of the PPWT Team went into the singles matches with lots of conviction and energy. At No. 2 singles, Nina won a convincing 6-2, 6-1 match over Christina Watson, the No. 17-ranked singles player in the nation. Janie Marcus ‘23 soon followed with a solid 6-3, 6-2 victory over the No. 37-ranked Alexa Goetz at No. 5 singles to put the Sagehens back ahead 3-2. After being down in the first set, Angie fought back to give herself a birthday present, with a 7-5, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles.

Georgia Ryan 23 and Marissa dropped their first sets against some hot-hitting players, but both players showed a ton of grit to come back and win convincing second and third sets. Georgia clinched the overall team win over Emory at No. 6 singles, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2. Marissa quickly followed up her teammate’s victory by taking down Ana Cristina Perez, who is ranked No. 28 in Division III, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 in an incredibly athletic No. 4 singles matchup.

Over on the first court, Maria finished off our singles sweep with a hard-fought 7-6(4), 6-3 win against Eliza McPherron, the No. 1 singles player in the country.

Coach Mike Morgan’s Thoughts

“While we did not have our best showing in doubles, every member of the team fought incredibly hard against a very aggressive and smart playing Emory squad. The entire PPWT Team really stepped it up between the singles and doubles action. It was a solid day for the Sagehens with plenty more good things to come!!

We will take the court again on Monday, March 14, at 9:30am against the No. 8-ranked University of the South (Sewanee). Watch us on our very own live stream or better yet, come see us in person!!! You can also check out our packed spring break match schedule on Pomona-Pitzer Athletics’ website.”

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