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.