Both Chapman tennis teams finished in the bottom half of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) during the SCIAC championships, with the women finishing fifth, and the men in sixth.
The women lost their first match to Redlands 5-1, before rallying back and beating California Lutheran and Whittier 8-1 and 7-2 respectively. The men lost to Cal Lu 5-0, before beating Occidental 5-4 and losing Redlands 9-0 in the fifth place game.
“Losing to Redlands which was kind of a disappointment since we went down fast in doubles,” freshman Madeline Saunders said. “We fought hard in singles. I think if we had been up in doubles it would have been a different story.”
Both teams lost their opening round match-ups, with the men getting swept by Cal Lu 5-0, and the women losing to Redlands 5-1.
Redlands jumped out to a 2-1 lead with wins in both No.1 and 2 doubles against Chapman’s women’s team. The Bulldogs sophomore Natalie Etchegaray and junior Julia Pollak contributed to the scoring with an 8-3 performance at No.2 game.
The following day, the men played a four-hour match with Occidental, with Chapman coming out on top, 5-4.
Chapman was up 2-1 after doubles with freshman Charlie Werman and sophomore Brett Buford winning the No.1 match up 8-5. Chapman’s freshman duo of Sam Mitteldorf and junior Justin Thompson won 8-6 in No. 2 match, while the Tigers shot back in No. 3 game with a win by Avery Chernin and Trevor Brown 9-8.
“We came out strong and glad that we won since it was a close match,” said Thompson. “I am looking forward to next season since it will be my last and I am going to come out swinging harder using this season as a learning experience.”
Werman gave the Panthers a decisive point winning the No. 2 singles pairing 7-6, 7-5.
The Chapman women’s team won on the second day of the tournament as well, crushing Cal Lu 8-1. Chapman swept all the singles matches, and took two-of-three doubles match-ups to beat the Regals. Junior Sophia Duong improved her record to 17-2 with a straight sets victory.
The women followed up the dominating win over Cal Lu with a resounding 7-2 victory over Whittier. Chapman won all five singles matches, while dropping two-of-three doubles matches. Duong and senior Kelley Klebenow won their third straight doubles match.
While the women claimed fifth, the men struggled in their final match, getting shutout 9-0.
“Our dynamic has improved a lot over all this year. We ended on a good note and it was nice to walk out with a solid win. I think we came out stronger even with the fact that we played all day yesterday, we didn’t let it get to our head,” Duong said. “Whittier’s number one singles had to be pulled out which was a huge advantage for our team.”