NO. 15 POMONA TOO MUCH FOR OXYBy Michael Wells Sports Information Director
CLAREMONT — Day 2 of SCIAC play against nationally ranked competition didn't go very well for the Occidental College women's tennis team.
The Tigers (5-6, 0-2) lost 9-0 at No. 15 Pomona-Pitzer (8-5, 3-0 SCIAC) in their second SCIAC match of the season.
One day after knocking off Redlands' Jessica Ly — the No. 15 ranked Division III player in the country — Krishnaveni Subbiah (Beaverton, Ore.) came up short against No. 10-ranked Jaime Solomon, losing 6-4, 4-6, 10-1.
Subbiah, who fell to 5-5 on the season with the loss, was the only Oxy player to take their match to a third set.
"We knew that our first couple of SCIAC matches, against nationally ranked teams, were going to be tough," Occidental coach Jeff Normile said. "Despite the final score, I think we still competed, particularly Subbiah who nearly knocked off a top player for the second day in a row."
On Friday, the senior surprised Redlands and Ly with a convincing 6-4, 6-1 win over the Bulldogs' star. The Tigers didn't fair well as a team though, losing 8-1 in their first SCIAC match.
Oxy is back in action against Whittier at Scholl Canyon on April 6.
"These are good matches for our freshman. They are learning a lot," Normile said. "We're looking forward to the Whittier match."