No. 22 Redlands Women's Tennis Silences Ranked Foes with Pair of 7-2 Victories

Natalie Etchegaray was undefeated against Case Western Reserve and Trinity on Saturday.
Natalie Etchegaray was undefeated against Case Western Reserve and Trinity on Saturday.

During a busy day at Verdieck Courts, the No. 22 University of Redlands women's tennis team remained perfect on the young season with two big wins over ranked foes.  The Bulldogs opened the doubleheader by knocking off No. 30 Case Western Reserve University (OH) in a 7-2 decision, before stunning No. 13 Trinity University (TX) by the same score.

Against the Spartans of Case Western Reserve, Redlands jumped out to a 2-1 lead through the doubles matches.  After the No. 2 duo of sophomore Julia Pollak (Holland, PA) and freshman Natalie Etchegaray (Placentia, CA) fired off an 8-2 showing, sophomore Ceara Sumida (Hilo, HI) and junior Jessica Ly (Torrance, CA) put together an 8-4 effort at the top spot for the Maroon and Gray's lead.

However, the Spartans recovered half of their deficit by winning at the No. 3 spot.

Leading 2-1, the Bulldogs uncorked three straight-set triumphs to officially seal the overall win.  Sophomore Maddie Morton (Henderson, NV) got the ball rolling with her impressive 6-1, 6-0 showing at No. 6, while Etchegaray took down her No. 2 opponent by scores of 6-4, 6-0.  In addition, Pollak recorded a 6-1, 6-4 performance at the No. 5 slot to secure Redlands' deciding point in the team scoring. 

With the match victory already in hand, the Bulldogs looked to Ly and junior Paige Press (La Jolla, CA) to pull out three-set triumphs at Nos. 1 and 4, respectively.

Redlands returned to action during the afternoon for an important regional showdown against Trinity.  After Friday's match was rained out, the two teams battled it out on Saturday afternoon, with the Bulldogs capturing a 7-2 triumph over the Tigers.

The top tandem of Ly and Sumida initiated the scoring for the Maroon and Gray by dismissing the 12th-ranked doubles duo in an 8-2 decision. 

Although the Tigers won at No. 3, the Bulldogs bounced back when Pollak and Etchegaray cruised to an 8-4 performance at the No. 2 spot.

In singles, Redlands continued to shine with three consecutive wins, all of which came in straight sets.  Etchegaray impressed at the No. 2 position with her 6-1, 6-1 performance, while Press came away with a 6-1, 6-4 showing at No. 4.  Finally, Sumida captured a 6-2, 6-2 win at the No. 2 slot, sealing the overall team win for the Maroon and Gray.

After the Tigers prevailed at No. 1, the Bulldogs rallied for victories by Pollak (7-5, 3-6, 11-9) and Morton (6-1, 6-1) at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively.

Redlands (6-0) begins a busy week of competition with Tuesday's 3 p.m. match against No. 18 Sewanee (TN) on Verdieck Courts.