The Cal Poly Pomona women’s tennis team will enjoy postseason play for the sixth time in the last seven years as the Broncos have been selected to the NCAA Division II Women’s Tennis Championship, the NCAA announced Wednesday.
The Broncos, who finished the regular season 7-9 overall and 5-3 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, are seeded fifth in the West Region and will face fourth seed and CCAA champion UC San Diego at 11 a.m. Saturday in La Jolla.
“It’s an honor for our team to earn an NCAA berth,” Bronco coach Sandy Kriezel said. “It’s a deserving honor. No question, playing UC San Diego will be our biggest match of the season. We have a chance to win, although they’ve gotten us twice. We’ve gotten closer against them each time.”
The Tritons won both of their matches against the Broncos, winning 9-0 at Cal Poly Pomona on Feb. 23 and then winning 8-1 on April 16. The Tritons have won 49 consecutive conference matches.
The winner of the Cal Poly Pomona-UC San Diego match will play at two-time defending champion Brigham Young-Hawaii – the West Region’s top seed – at 1 p.m. May 7. The winner of that match will move on to the Round of 16 to be played in Houston on May 14-17.
The Broncos have won four national championships in their history – 1980, 1981, 1991 and 1992.
Representing Cal Poly Pomona are: senior Jenny Tsai (Artesia), junior Jessica Winkler (Fullerton), sophomore Mallory Brady (Torrance), freshman Jennifer Chow (Diamond Bar), freshman Kaitlin Wooldridge (Fort Collins, Colo.), freshman Michelle Stock (Valencia), sophomore Kara Fisher (Southampton, Bermuda), sophomore Fallon Blattner (Kihei, Hawaii), senior Ellyn Caprara (Carlsbad) and junior Kelley Wong (Rowland Heights).