Coyotes notch four wins at Ojai

Cal State San Bernardino women’s tennis players won four matches at the 109th Ojai Tennis Invitational this past weekend, competing in the Independent College singles and doubles divisions.
            However, none of the Coyotes players made it past the Round of 32.

            In singles, CSUSB won all three of its matches in the Round of 64. Senior Leslie Horn defeated Kyla Rowe of UC Santa Cruz, 6-3, 7-6 while freshman Janay Palicte downed Mean Dean of Occidental, 6-1, 6-0. Senior Dottie Elwell got past Nicole Harden of LaVerne, 6-1, 3-6, 10-5 (tiebreaker).

            In doubles, Elwell and Horn defeated the Occidental duo of Dean and Samantha Melero, 6-3, 6-0, to advance.

            In the round of 32 singles, Horn lost to the top player in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, Verena Priekscha of Cal State Stanislaus, 6-0, 6-0. Maria Klokotzky of Fresno Pacific downed Elwell, 6-0, 6-0. Bettina Radke of Hope International beat Palicte 6-1, 6-0.

            The doubles team of Elwell-Horn lost in the Round of 32 to Rachel Owens and Kristin Strimple of Point Loma Nazarene, 6-3, 6-0. The Owens-Strimple combo advanced to the championship match before losing.

            CSUSB’s freshman doubles team of Palicte and Allison Brooks didn’t make it out of the Round of 64, losing to the Chapman University team of Manon Pochet and Cassady Sirois, 6-3, 6-1.

            Palicte and Brooks finished the season with a 7-6 record in doubles while Palicte posted a 7-11 record in singles. Elwell finished the season with a 6-11 record in singles while Horn was 2-14 in singles.

            The Ojai pairing of Horn and Elwell in doubles was the first time they had played together all season.

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Redlands tennis player earns weekly honor

Senior tennis standout Tori Damiani (Sacramento, CA) was named the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Female Athlete of the Week for her solid performance during the 2009 SCIAC Championship Tournament.

Damiani went undefeated during the two-day event, competing at No. 3 singles and No. 3 doubles.  She played a pivotal role in the Bulldogs’ share of the conference championship and upset of No. 7 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges in the tournament final.

Damiani joined forces with teammate junior Rachael Miller and posted doubles wins over Whittier (8-1), Cal Lutheran (8-2), and Pomona-Pitzer (8-5).

In singles, Damiani captured a 6-1, 6-3 victory over her opponent from Cal Lutheran during the semifinal round and then clinched the match win, conference championship, and NCAA automatic bid for the Bulldogs with her come-from-behind 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 showing against the Sagehens.

For her contributions during the season, Damiani earned First Team All-Conference honors.

The male athlete of the week was Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges’ tennis player Larry Wang.

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Redlands to hhost SCIAC softball tourney

By capturing the 2009 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championship with sweeps over Whittier College and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, the University of Redlands softball team looks forward to hosting the second annual SCIAC Postseason Softball Tournament on Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, at the “Field of Dreams”.

The double-elimination tournament begins at 9 a.m. on Friday with the second-seeded University of La Verne Leopards taking on the No. 3 Athenas of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges.

As the No. 1 seed, the Bulldogs face off against the No. 4 Poets of Whittier College at 11:30 a.m.

The losers compete again at 2 p.m., followed by a winners’ duel at 4:30 p.m.

Play continues on Saturday with games at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and then at 3 p.m. if necessary.

Admission is free. Fans are reminded that pets are not permitted at the “Field of Dreams”, per University of Redlands policy.

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