Sagehen Roundup for the Week of September 22, 2014

Grace Hruska ’18 reached the finals of the USTA/ITA West Region Doubles Championship in her first collegiate competition.

This week in Sagehens athletics saw the Men’s Tennis and Women’s Tennis teams host the fall USTA/ITA West Region tennis championships, while Women’s Soccer remained unbeaten in SCIAC play with a late goal at Cal Lutheran.

The USTA/ITA Regionals saw a strong performance out of Grace Hruska ’18, who reached the finals of the women’s doubles championships with teammate Lea Lynn Yen PO ’16. Trailing 6-2, 5-2, Hruska helped lead a comeback to a second-set tiebreaker against the top seed from CMS, but the Athenas eventually took the tiebreaker 7-4. Hruska also advanced to the Round of 16 in singles with a pair of wins before falling to the tournament’s No. 4 seed (Megan Zamilpa of Whittier).

On the men’s side, Jake Yasgoor ’17 advanced the furthest of any of the Sagehens in the field, reaching the quarterfinals in singles before dropping his match against the top seed (Warren Wood of CMS).

The Women’s Soccer team defeated Occidental 1-0 on the road on Wednesday to improve to 3-0 in the SCIAC, but were trailing Cal Lutheran 1-0 on Saturday before a late goal in the 85th minute enabled the Sagehens to come away with the tie. Sofia Barsher ’18 set up the tying goal with an assist, and nearly won the game in overtime, but her shot from inside the box missed wide of the left post by inches. The Sagehens will be in action this week when they host Chapman on Wednesday and Whittier on Saturday.

Men’s Soccer improved to 4-0-1 in conference with a  3-2 win over Whittier on Wednesday, but fell in overtime 2-1 at Redlands for its first conference defeat on Saturday. The Sagehens will host Chapman on Monday and travel to Caltech on Wednesday as they look to stay at the top of the SCIAC standings.

Volleyball split two matches as well, defeating Occidental 3-0 on Friday and falling 3-1 at CMS in a tight battle on Saturday. Ellen Yamasaki ’15 had a combined 13 kills and 23 digs in the two matches, while Samantha Quesada-Diaz ’17 came back into the rotation after missing some time with an injury and had five kills in the CMS match. The Sagehens host Redlands on Tuesday, travel to Chapman on Friday and conclude a busy week with a home match against Caltech on Saturday.

Saturday will be a busy day around the Sagehens athletic facilities, as Men’s and Women’s Cross Country host their annual invitational beginning at 7:45 a.m., Men’s Water Polo hosts the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (after a full day on Friday that concludes with the Sagehens facing Harvard at 6 p.m.), Women’s Soccer hosts Whittier at 11 a.m., Volleyball hosts Caltech at 6 p.m. and Football hosts Redlands at 7 p.m.

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This Week’s Schedule
Home Events In Bold

Monday, Sept. 29
Men’s Soccer (H) vs. Chapman, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 30
Volleyball (H) vs. Redlands, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 1
Women’s Soccer (H) vs. Chapman, 4 p.m.

Men’s Soccer at Caltech, 4 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3
Men’s Water Polo (H) vs. Iona, 1:20 p.m.
Men’s Water Polo (H) vs. Harvard, 6 p.m.

Volleyball at Chapman, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4
Men’s Cross Country (H) – Sagehens Invitational, 7:45 a.m.
Women’s Cross Country (H) – Sagehens Invitational, 8:30 a.m.
Women’s Soccer (H) vs. Whittier, 11 a.m.
Men’s Water Polo (H) vs. Fresno Pacific, 2 p.m.
Volleyball (H) vs. Caltech, 6 p.m.
Men’s Water Polo (H) vs. Washington & Jefferson, 6 p.m.
Football (H) vs. Redlands 7 p.m.