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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Tennis team put together a hard fought match against the Regals of Cal Lutheran University Friday falling 7-2 at the Richard Ettinger Tennis Courts.
The Purple & Gold move now to 5-10, 1-4 SCIAC and have now dropped four straight.
CLU picked up a quick point at No. 2 doubles winning 8-1. At No. 3, Stacey Bendanillo (Brawley, Calif.) and Madeline Schmidt-Perez (San Marino, Calif.) got off to a strong start leading 3-1 but couldn't hold the two early breaks as the Regals would storm back with the next seven games to grab their second point.
At No. 1, Kindall Yeung (Brea, Calif.) and Amanda Rodriguez (Glendora, Calif.) looked like they would clinch the first point for the Poets grabbing a break late at 7-6 but they couldn't hold it as CLU would come back to win in a breaker 8-7. In singles the battle continued. CLU picked up a quick three points at No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 giving up a combined four games across all three matches to lead 6-0.
Rodriguez proved tough at No. 2 for Christie Kurdys failing to hold a late break at 6-5. Kurdys was able to grab the break and carry the momentum into the breaker winning 7-6 (3). Rodriguez stayed tight in the second but couldn't overcome a break falling 6-3.
The two matches on the day came at No. 1 from Yeung and No. 4 from Kallysta Lopez (Whittier, Calif.). Lopez was broken once in the first set falling 6-3 but was able to bounce back in the second 6-3 forcing a third set super tie breaker, which she pulled off 10-4. The second point on the day came at the top. Yeung also needed three sets to pull off the win. It was a tough opening frame with Yeung needing a breaker to go out on top 7-6 (6). In the second, Peters-Semak fought back rolling 6-1 to level the match but couldn't keep the momentum as Yeung would come back to steal the match 12-10 in a third-set breaker.