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May 7, 2012

Athenas Win SCIAC Tournament

The No. 9 ranked women's tennis team of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps defeated rival, No. 14 Pomona-Pitzer, 5-4, on Saturday, in the finals of the SCIAC tournament. This marks the 14th time the Athenas have won the conference championship.

Although CMS had defeated Pomona-Pitzer, 9-0, earlier in the season, it was clear from the start that this would be a strongly contested match. The Athenas found themselves in unfamiliar territory, falling behind 1-2 to the Sagehens, at the conclusion of the doubles competition. At number one, Kristin Lim and Jessie Huang prevented the sweep with an 8-4 decision.

In singles competition, the bottom-half of the lineup brought home the title for CMS. At number four, Sarah Kukino put an exclamation point on a terrific, rookie season. The freshman from Lihue (HI) retired her opponent in straight sets (6-3, 6-3).

Chloe Dobbert and Jaclyn Smrecek, at five and six respectively, continued the strong and reliable play that they have demonstrated all season. Dobbert defeated her opponent 6-2, 6-1, and Smrecek won 6-1, 6-2.

At number one, Kristin Lim (No. 1) won her second consecutive individual title, defeating Jamie Solomon (No. 14) in straight sets (6-1, 6-2).

 To get to the finals, CMS first had to go through two rounds of tournament play. On Friday, CMS met Occidental in the quarterfinals. The Athenas defeated the Tigers, 8-1.
 
Later that evening, CMS beat Cal Lutheran, 5-0, in the semifinals.

In those two matches, Victoria Santoro, Victoria Nichols, and Sheena Patel, moved into the lineup and demonstrated the great depth of this squad. Santoro won her individual match against Cal Lutheran, lead her match against Occidental, and went 2-0 in doubles matches, while teaming with Smrecek.

In recognition of their undefeated record within regional competition, CMS was awarded the Women's NCAA Regional Tournament. Play will begin Friday, at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.

 
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs Pomona-Pitzer Colleges



Winner:  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Score:  5-4
Position  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps  Pomona-Pitzer Colleges  Winner  Score
 #1 Singles  #1 Kristin Lim  #14 Jamie Solomon  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps  6-1,6-2
 #2 Singles  Crystal Lim  Samantha Chao  Pomona-Pitzer Colleges  7-5,6-4
 #3 Singles  Jessie Huang  Kara Wang  Pomona-Pitzer Colleges  3-0(ret,)
 #4 Singles  Sarah Kukino  Arthi Padmanabhan  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps  6-3,6-3
 #5 Singles  Chloe Dobbert  Jessica Hsu  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps  6-2,6-1
 #6 Singles  Jaclyn Smrecek  Nicole Holsted  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps  6-1,6-2
 #1 Doubles  Kristin Lim 
 Jessie Huang
 #10 Jamie Solomon 
 Kara Wang
 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps  8-4
 #2 Doubles  Crystal Lim 
 Sarah Kukino
 Samantha Chao 
 Arthi Padmanabhan
 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges  8-3
 #3 Doubles  Chloe Dobbert 
 Jaclyn Smrecek
 Nicole Holsted 
 Emily Kawahara
 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges  8-2