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Pomona-Pitzer Athletics | March 16, 2014

Pomona-Pitzer gets second top-10 win of week, beats Bowdoin

CLAREMONT, Calif. -- Pomona-Pitzer won the final two singles points to take a 5-4 win against No. 7 Bowdoin on Sunday afternoon at Pauley Tennis Complex.

The win improves the Sagehens to 6-2 this season, including two wins against top-10 teams this week, after also defeating No. 8 Carnegie Mellon 5-4 on Thursday. Bowdoin falls to 3-2 on the season with the loss, after also falling 5-4 to No. 5 Claremont-M-S on Saturday.

Senior Sammy Chao tied the match 4-4 after coming back from down 5-2 in a third-set tiebreaker to win five consecutive points and take the match 1-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) against Kate Winingham at No. 1 singles. Chao was also part of the swing point in doubles, combining with doubles partner Lea Lynn Yen for a 9-7 win at No. 1 to make the score 2-1. 

The match then came down to No. 5 singles, where freshman Rosemary Pelch was battling fellow freshman Pilar Giffenig. After Chao's win, Pelch was serving ahead 4-3 in the third set after breaking in the first game. Giffenig broke Pelch's serve to get back level at 4-4, but Pelch broke right back for the chance to serve for the match.

After missing out on two match points and with the score at deuce, Pelch hit a terrific shot as she chased down a ball in the corner on her forehand side and sent a cross-court passing shot out of the reach of Giffenig charging the net. On the third match point, Giffenig hit a shot that carried long, giving Pelch the 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win and the Sagehens the 5-4 team victory.

The Sagehens led 2-1 after doubles, and 3-1 after senior Arthi Padmanabhan picked up a quick 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 4 singles. However, Bowdoin responded with wins at No. 2 (Tiffany Cheng), No. 3 (Joulia Likhanskaia) and No. 6 (Emma Lewis) to take a 4-3 lead. Padmanabhan and sophomore Mae Coyiuto earned a win at No. 3 doubles 8-6, leveling the match after Bowdoin won 8-3 at No. 2.

2019 NCAA Division III men's tennis championships singles and doubles selections announced

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