Natalie Etchegaray Headlines Ojai Tournament for Bulldog Women's Tennis Team

Natalie Etchegaray Headlines Ojai Tournament for Bulldog Women's Tennis Team
Natalie Etchegaray advanced to the semifinals in both doubles and singles during the Ojai Tournament (photo credit: Ron Stephany).

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. 

These were the same opponents who knocked off sophomore Ceara Sumida (Hilo, HI) and junior Jessica Ly (Torrance, CA) in a second-round, marathon match, 3-6, 6-4, 11-9.

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.