No. 10 U of R Women's Tennis Suffers First Loss of Season in 2-7 Decision to No. 2 CMS on Senior Day

The Bulldogs celebrated Claudia Llanes on Senior Day.
The Bulldogs celebrated Claudia Llanes on Senior Day.

The No. 10 University of Redlands women's tennis team's undefeated run came to an end on Saturday when the Bulldogs dropped a closer-than-apparent 2-7 decision to No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges during Senior Day.  After honoring lone senior, Claudia Llanes (Miami Beach, FL), the Bulldogs battled throughout the match but lost a slight edge in doubles on a tiebreak before suffering a pair of three-set defeats in singles.

After CMS earned the first point of the contest with a solid showing at the No. 2 doubles slot, Redlands' top tandem of junior Jessica Ly (Torrance, CA) and sophomore Ceara Sumida (Hilo, HI) sincerely impressed with a resounding 8-2 victory.

With the overall score tied at one all, the early lead came down to a competitive match at the third doubles position.  The Bulldogs grabbed a 6-3 advantage, but the Athenas came storming back to go up, 7-6.  However, Redlands' sophomore Maddie Morton (Henderson, NV) and freshman Gabriela Vasquez (Villa Park, CA) refused to go away and eventually forced a tiebreak.  The teams traded punches, with the Maroon and Gray taking a slight lead, but once again CMS responded and finally earned the important 9-8(7) victory.

In singles, the momentum stayed with the Athenas, who earned the first win off the court at No. 3. 

Down 1-3, Redlands needed four of the five remaining matches to pull out the upset.  However, CMS prevailed in three sets at No. 4 and then came out on top at No. 6 to clinch the deciding point.

Redlands' Ly also pushed her fourth-ranked opponent to go the distance at No. 1.

Sophomore Julia Pollak (Holland, PA) continued her impressive win streak with a comeback triumph at No. 5 by scores of 3-6, 6-1, 7-5.  She is currently 15-1 on the season, having won her last seven matches.

Redlands (15-1, 4-1 SCIAC) takes to the road on Saturday, April 13, for a SCIAC doubleheader.  The Bulldogs first face Caltech in Pasadena at 9:30 a.m. and then travel to Occidental College for a 2 p. m. showdown.