The 11th-ranked University of Redlands women's tennis team advanced to the third-place match of the 2013 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championship Tournament with split results in Friday's action. Seeded third, the Bulldogs started off on the right track with an impressive 5-0 triumph over sixth-seeded Chapman University in the first round, but then suffered a 2-7 loss to the No. 2-seeded Sagehens of Pomona-Pitzer Colleges in the semifinal match.
Against the Panthers, Redlands secured the first five points of the match by sweeping the doubles and then winning at Nos. 4 and 5.
The Maroon and Gray looked to the No. 2 tandem of sophomore Julia Pollak (Holland, PA) and freshman Natalie Etchegaray (Placentia, CA) to earn the first victory of the day with an 8-4 showing. The top duo of junior Jessica Ly (Torrance, CA) and sophomore Ceara Sumida (Hilo, HI) and the No. 3 team of sophomore Maddie Morton (Henderson, NV) and freshman Gabriela Vasquez (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) both recorded 8-6 victories to make it 3-0 for the Bulldogs.
In singles, junior Paige Press (La Jolla, CA) made quick work of her No. 5 opponent, winning by scores of 6-0, 6-1, before Pollak sealed the fifth point for the Maroon and Gray with her flawless 6-0, 6-0 performance at No. 4.
During the afternoon match against the 10th-ranked Sagehens, Redlands worked to avenge its second loss on the season, which came at the hands of Pomona-Pitzer on April 19. Unfortunately, their opponents had other plans as the Bulldogs came up short in a 2-7 decision.
The No. 2 doubles duo of Pollak and Etchegaray prevailed by a score of 8-4, while Etchegaray garnered another point for the Bulldogs by leading 6-1, 3-1, when her No. 2 counterpart had to retire.
Additional highlights came at Nos. 1 and 6, as Ly and Press both forced their matches to go the distance in three sets.
Redlands (17-3, 7-3 SCIAC) strives to secure a third-place finish in the SCIAC when it faces off against the fourth-seeded University of La Verne in Saturday's 10 a.m. match at the Upland Tennis Club.