No. 11 Redlands Women's Tennis Exits NCAA Championships with Loss to No. 10 Pomona-Pitzer

The 11th-ranked University of Redlands women's tennis team battled it out against No. 10 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges for the third time this season with hopes of a different result from the previous meetings.  The Bulldogs came out firing and earned a 2-1 advantage through the doubles matches, but the Sagehens stormed back to win the first four singles showdowns off the court for the 5-2 victory.

In doubles, Pomona-Pitzer struck first with an impressive 8-1 decision at the No. 3 slot.

However, the Maroon and Gray looked to the No. 2 duo of sophomore Julia Pollak (Holland, PA) and freshman Natalie Etchegaray (Placentia, CA) to overcome a slow start and prevail by a score of 8-3.

Redlands kept the momentum when the top tandem of sophomore Ceara Sumida (Hilo, HI) and junior Jessica Ly (Torrance, CA) uncorked an 8-3 performance for the Bulldogs' 2-1 lead.

Not to be outdone, the Sagehens immediately rallied with solid two-set wins at Nos. 6, 5, and 3.

Down by a score of 2-4, the Bulldogs needed to win all three remaining matches to pull out the victory.  After dropping their respective first sets, Pollak and Etchegaray both responded by evening their matches and forcing third sets at Nos. 4 and 2. 

But the rally was short-lived, as Pomona-Pitzer's top singles player pulled out the deciding win, 6-4, 6-4.

The Sagehens now face No. 2 and undefeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges in a familiar match-up in Sunday's regional final.

Redlands concludes the 2013 season with its best overall record in program history at 20-4. This also marked the first campaign that included 20 wins along with an impressive win percentage of .800.