Hens Tame Some Tigers in Home-Court Doubleheader

On February 26, for the first two dual matches at home in almost two years, the Sagehens swept 18 matches against two sets of Tigers—Trinity University (Texas) and Occidental College. We hope that many of you were able to see some of the singles and doubles matches on our new live stream. We are so grateful to our amazing support staff, families, friends, and even future members of the PPWT (Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Tennis) community who were able to come out to Claremont and support us!!

Pomona-Pitzer vs. Trinity (Texas) (9-0)

The PPWT Team began the day by playing against Trinity (Texas), which is currently led by Coach Drew Cohn 11, Sagehen great and two-time ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) National Assistant Coach of the Year (2015 and 2017) at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges. Patria Aziz ‘23 and Amelia Poor 25 started out strong, going up a couple of breaks at No. 3 doubles. Maria Lyven 22 and Nina Ye 24 also got off to a quick start, going up a break at No. 1 doubles against Trinity’s duo of Megan Flores and Cate Cushing, the No. 9 ranked team in the West region. At No. 2 doubles, Marissa Markey 25 and Angie Zhou 25 were initially down 1-4 against a very tough team of Ruth Hill and Olivia Kim. Soon after Amelia and Patria wrapped up the No. 3 doubles match with a commanding 8-1 win, Nina and Maria followed with another 8-1 victory at No. 1 doubles. Marissa and Angie also clawed their way back into the No. 2 doubles match. By playing some really gritty, long points, the two Sagehens came out with an 8-6 win to round out a doubles sweep against Trinity (Texas).

The Hens had an equally strong showing in singles against the Trinity Tigers, with Maria, Nina, and Angie—who competed in No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 singles—losing only three games in their matches combined. Marissa, Georgia Ryan 23, and Amelia followed up with three more convincing wins. Amelia won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 6 singles. On the next court, at No. 5 singles, Georgia defeated her opponent 6-3, 6-0 within mere seconds of Amelia. Marissa, the last Sagehen on court, claimed a 6-3, 6-3 victory at No. 4 singles.

Hens playing doubles points during the warm-up before their first home match of the Spring 2022 season against Trinity (Texas).

Pomona-Pitzer vs. Occidental (9-0)

The second set of Tigers, which is now led by Coach Tim Gray, Division III legend and former NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Champion at Washington College, arrived from Los Angeles in the afternoon for our first SCIAC (Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) dual match since February 2020. The Occidental Tigers have shown significant improvement since Coach Gray’s arrival and had great effort against the Hens.

The PPWT Team swept all three doubles matches. Alicia Carmona Cornejo 24 and Melisha Dogra 22 took care of business at No. 3 doubles, winning 8-0. Alex Coleman 24 and Samantha Moore-Thomson 25 quickly followed up their teammates with an 8-1 victory at No. 2 doubles. Janie Marcus 23 and Georgia played a talented and aggressive-moving team at No. 1 doubles. The duo closed out the doubles competition with an 8-4 win along with their sign-carrying super fans!

Oxy played some tough and gritty tennis once singles action commenced. Samantha was the first to finish with a dominant double bagel win at No. 5 singles. On the next court, at No. 6 singles, Melisha soon followed with a 6-0, 6-1 victory. Alicia rocked some huge forehands, coming off with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 4 singles. Alex and her personal entourage of fans pulled through with a 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 3 singles. In her third match of the day, Angie defeated a quick opponent 6-0, 6-4 at No. 1 singles. The Sagehens finished off the afternoon, with Janie playing some aggressive tennis to win 6-0, 6-2 in a hard-fought No. 2 singles match.

Coach Mike Morgan’s Thoughts

“Overall, these two matches marked a great start at home before we head to Nicholasville, Kentucky to compete in the thirteenth annual ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship from March 4 to 6. Go Hens!!”

(Images courtesy of Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Tennis Team and Aubrey Aust)

One thought on “Hens Tame Some Tigers in Home-Court Doubleheader

  1. So much fun watching these ladies play and show both their physical and mental toughness! I can’t wait for Kentucky!!

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