Yao Fronts Women's Tennis Challenge to No. 40 Trinity (Texas)

Yao Fronts Women's Tennis Challenge to No. 40 Trinity (Texas)

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. (Mar. 8, 2015) – Freshman Grace Yao (La Palma, Calif. / Oxford Acad.) played a marathon match at #5 singles, eventually falling by just two in an extended superbreaker, as the Caltech women's tennis team hosted No. 40 Trinity (Texas) University at the Riviera Tennis Club on Sunday afternoon.

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Trinity went on to win, 9-0, to improve to 4-5 overall while Caltech is now 3-4 on the season, with all four losses coming to nationally ranked opponents. 

Caltech squared off against two regionally ranked singles foes at courts #1 and #4, as well as a pair of regionally ranked doubles teams at #1 and #2.  Yao and freshman Sarah Antilla (Redondo Beach, Calif. / Redondo Union) posted the Beavers' best showing in doubles at court #3, dropping an 8-4 decision, as the Tigers took a 3-0 lead into singles play.

Every Beaver won at least one game in singles play, with freshman Sarah Cai (Livermore, Calif. / West Lafeyette, Jr./Sr.) nearly stealing a set with a 7-5 defeat at #1.  Yao, however, commanded all the attention at #3, rallying from a 5-2 deficit and facing match point in the second to take five straight games and force a superbreaker.  Against another match point, she fought back to tie things up at 10-10 before finally succumbing, 12-10.

Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers enter a two-week respite before returning to action against Pacific Lutheran University (2-4) on Sunday, Mar. 22.


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