Natalie Etchegaray Headlines Ojai Tournament for Bulldog Women's Tennis Team
Members of the ninth-ranked University of Redlands women's tennis team competed at the 113th Annual Ojai Tournament, earning solid results with a pair of semifinal appearances and a quarterfinal showing.
Freshman Natalie Etchegaray (Placentia, CA) highlighted the Bulldogs' performances by winning her way into the semifinals for singles. She opened the tournament with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Casey Honath of Mills College, before taking down Pomona-Pitzer foe, Leah Lynn Yen, 7-5, 6-3. She prevailed in a tight battle against Laura Wade of UC Santa Cruz by scores of 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4 for her spot in the semifinal. But she came up short in that match, falling to Banana Slug Ariana Mokhtari, 6-0, 7-6(3).
Etchegaray also teamed up with sophomore Julia Pollak (Holland, PA) for a run to the semifinals in doubles action. Following a first-round bye, the duo put together a 6-2, 6-4 effort against a team from the University of La Verne before cruising to a 6-4, 6-1 win over a Caltech tandem. However, the Bulldogs faltered to the eventual runners-up from UCSC, 6-3, 6-4.
Ly also competed in singles, advancing to the quarterfinal round of the tournament. After a first-round bye, she posted a 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Alexandra Scotten of UCSC. She battled well against Mae Coyiuto of Pomona-Pitzer but fell in three sets, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(7).
Sumida also posted a first-round win against Biola's Susan Carmichael, 6-0, 6-0, before suffering a 7-5, 6-1 loss to finalist Mokhtari.
The Bulldogs women's tennis team (17-2, 6-2 SCIAC) looks forward to competing in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championship Tournament on Friday-Saturday, May 3-4. Seeded third, Redlands faces No. 6 Chapman University in the first round on Friday at 10 a.m. The location of the match will either be Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Pomona-Pitzer, or the Upland Tennis Club.