Poets drop season finale 5-4 to Regals on Senior Day

Poets drop season finale 5-4 to Regals on Senior Day

WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College women's tennis team for the second straight match fell by the score of 5-4 losing Saturday morning to the Regals of Cal Lutheran University on Senior Day.

Whittier finishes the regular season 8-9, 2-5 SCIAC, while Cal Lutheran improves to 11-7, 4-3 SCIAC. 

The Poets finish the regular season in 6th place ahead of Occidental and Caltech but have their sights set for the SCIAC Championships set to take place on May 4 and 5 where they can avenge their losses to both La Verne and Cal Lutheran.

The Poets recognized their four seniors who were playing in their final home game of the regular season.  These players included Kady Oliker, Maryrose Vigorita, Katie Davidson, andRachel Aelion-Moss .

The Purple & Gold jumped out in front after doubles 2-1 after the No. 2 team of Rachel Sugiyama and Adrienne Hamada cruised to the 8-2 victory to get the Poets on the scoreboard first.  Immediately following their win the No. 3 team of Oliker and Benay Weintraub grabbed the second point for the Poets cruising to an 8-3 victory.

But again for the second straight match Whittier dropped four of six singles to lose their advantage and eventually the match.

Sophomore Liliana Serylo looks to have found her groove on the court at No. 1 as she came from behind to beat Kim Kolibas in three sets 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 breaking her six match losing streak.

Fellow sophomore Chloe Dredge who was riding a four match winning streak in singles coming into today's contest was unable to pull off the victory at No. 2 despite jumping out in front early in both sets only to fall in two tiebreakers 7-6 (1), 7-6 (2).

Hamada who continues to play good tennis again for the second straight day won both her doubles and singles matches again winning today at No. 3 singles 6-4, 6-2 earning her eighth victory of the season and her second straight.     

Senior Oliker battled at No. 4 despite being hampered with an ankle injury but forced a third set by taking the second set 6-1.  But in the third set her opponent Baker was able to crawl back to win a lopsided set 6-1.             


  1. Kolibas/Beamon def. Serylo/Dredge (8-3) 
  2. Hamada/Sugiyama def. Lackness/Mouses (8-2)
  3. Oliker/Weintraub def. Ronney/Baker (8-3)


  1. Serylo def kolibas 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
  2. Beam an def dredge 7-6(7-1), 7-6(7-2)
  3. Hamada def Murphy 6-4, 6-2
  4. Baker def Oliker 6-3,1-6, 6-1
  5. Leckness def Weintraub 6-1,6-0
  6. Mouzes def Aelion moss 6-3,6-1