The No. 18 University of Redlands women's tennis avenged a pair of one-point losses to Pomona-Pitzer Colleges by rallying for a 7-2 victory over the sixth-ranked Sagehens in Saturday's third-place match of the 2014 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championship Tournament. After trailing 1-2 through the doubles matches, the Bulldogs stormed back with a singles sweep en route to the memorable triumph over their conference foes.
In singles, the Maroon and Gray gained a quick point at the No. 6 slot, when senior Paige Press' (La Jolla, CA) opponent retired.
Junior Ceara Sumida (Hilo, HI) put Redlands up by a score of 3-2 with a 6-1, 6-3 decision at No. 3, before senior Jessica Ly (Torrance, CA) came up with a solid 6-4, 6-1 performance over her No. 1 to move her team within one point of the upset.
With an impressive 7-6(6), 6-1 effort at the No. 2 position, Etchegaray then sealed the deal for the Bulldogs' important and exciting win.
This marked Redlands' first triumph over the Sagehens this season, perhaps coming at the most critical time.
With the win, Redlands (13-10, 7-4 SCIAC) remains hopeful for an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships, with the announcement coming 4 p.m. on Monday at www.ncaa.com.