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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – After going 2-1 at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships and finishing the year with a 4-6 mark in conference play, the Whittier women's tennis team was recognized with a trio of all-conference selections.
This marks the second straight year both Serylo and Hamada earned an All-SCIAC second team selection, while Dredge earns it for the first time.
Serylo after posting a 6-10 overall record and a 4-6 SCIAC record last season ran into tough competition this year finishing 7-11 overall and winning a mere one match in conference play with all eight losses coming to seven of the eight first team members once again proving that SCIAC is one of the or the most difficult conferences to play in, in Div. III.
Her lone win in conference play came against Kim Kolibas from Cal Lutheran University back on April 21 where she pulled out a three setter winning 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 knocking off the 1st Team All-SCIAC member.
Dredge who narrowly missed an All-Conference bid last season played a pivotal role in the Poets success this season moving into the No. 2 slot finishing with the best singles record on the team at 12-7 and finishing 5-4 SCIAC. After dropping her first three singles matches on the season she went on a tear winning eleven of her next thirteen matches getting big wins over Jessica Blundell from UT Texas-Tyler and No. 22 Redlands Maddie Morton with her lone losses coming in a three setter to Alexandra Goodman from Rochester (N.Y) and Sammy Chao from No. 15 Pomona-Pitzer.
In addition, Serylo and Dredge teamed up all season to play all 20 matches at the top doubles spot. The duo went 11-9 and finished at 4-6 in the SCIAC.
Hamada, who earns her second straight All-SCIAC nod bumped down to No. 3 singles this year but managed to put together some of her best tennis at Whittier finishing with the second best record on the team at 10-5 finishing 7-2 SCIAC. She played a pivotal role in the Poets success down the stretch and capped off a stellar season finishing 9-1 in her last ten matches including a five match winning streak to close out her sophomore season.
After dropping her first three matches of the season she went 6-1 over her next seven matches achieving a big win over Pomona-Pitzer's Arthi Padmanabhan in three sets 7-6 (8-6), 1-6, 10-4 and having her lone loss coming in a three setter to Texas Tyler's Sydni Hernsdorf.
She finished the season 2-1 in three setters with her last three set win coming against La Verne's Brooke Hines 4-6, 7-5, 10-8 before grabbing a big win over Cal Lutheran's Lindsay Murphy 6-4, 6-2 in the ensuing match.
During the season she teamed up with freshman Rachel Sugiyama at No. 2 doubles and posted a 12-6 record finishing 6-4 SCIAC.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Kristen Lim, CMS
Jamie Solomon, Pomona Pitzer
Rebekah Kitto, Caltech
Crystal Lim, CMS
Samantha Chao, Pomona Pitzer
Jessica Ly, Redlands
Kris Subbiah, Occidental
Sara Kukino, CMS
Kim Kolibas, Cal Lutheran
Jessie Huang, Pomona Pitzer
Liliana Serlyo, Whittier
Laina Matsuda, La Verne
Holly Beaman, Cal Lutheran
Chloe Dredge, Whittier
Adrienne Hamada, Whittier
Kara Wang, Pomona Pitzer
Ceara Sumida, Redlands