|Julia Keller clinched the match for the Jumbos, winning #6 singles|
CLAREMONT, Calif. - The eighth-ranked Tufts University women's tennis team won a thrilling back and forth match against fifth-ranked Pomona-Pitzer, 5-4. The match was held in Claremont on Friday evening.
Maryann Zhou and Emily Chen, #4 in ITA doubles rankings, opened the scoring for Pomona, beating Patricia Obeid and Tomo Iwasaki 8-4. Tufts answered quickly however, with Otilia Popa and Mina Karamercan taking down Caroline Casper and Arianna Chen 8-4. Zoe Miller and Kat Wiley continued the success for the Jumbos, defeating Shivani Doraiswami and Summer Garrison 8-4 to gain a 2-1 doubles advantage.
Karamercan, #21 in the ITA rankings, opened a competitive singles session with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Garrison in #2 singles. Casper answered for the Sagehens, beating Obeid 6-4, 6-1 in the #1 match. Arianna Chen then bested Wiley 6-4, 6-1 at #5, evening the match at 3-3.
Iwasaki regained the advantage for Tufts, earning a tight victory over Doraiswami 7-6 (2), 6-4 in #4 singles. Pomona's Zhou proceeded to beat Lauren Louks in another back and forth #3 match, 3-6, 6-1, 6-0, tying the score at 4-4.
The match finished on yet another close battle, featuring Tufts' Julia Keller and Pomona's Jacinta Chen in the #6 singles duel. Keller held a 3-2 advantage in the third set of the match when the overall score became tied at 4-4, and she never looked back. Keller clinched the match for the Jumbos with a suspenseful 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Chen.
The match wrapped up Tufts' spring trip to California. They return to action on next Thursday, where they host Trinity at 3:30 p.m. The Sagehens return to action tomorrow, facing Cal Lutheran at 10:00 a.m.