Newcomers shine at ITA West Regionals

Vasilisa Trofimova hits the ball.
Vasilisa Trofimova (photo by Larry Newman)

CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Chapman University women's tennis team sent six players to the ITA West Regional this past weekend at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Freshman Liza Antonova and junior Vasilisa Trofimova led the way with a couple of victories in Flight B.

Antonova handed her opponent from Occidental a 6-1, 6-3 loss before falling to Georgia Tuckerman of CMS in three sets to end the tournament. Trofimova had the same fate as her rookie teammate, winning her first match against her opponent from Whittier 6-2, 6-4 before eventually falling to her opponent from Pomona-Pitzer 6-2, 6-1.

Freshman Aliya Allyn also competed in Flight B, falling 7-5, 6-3 to her opponent from Redlands before retiring due to injury in the consolation round.

Freshman Tatum Phillips competed in Flight A along with junior Madison Ross and fellow freshman Miri Inoue. Phillips fell 6-4, 6-2 to her opponent from CMS to enter the consolation bracket, where she fell 6-1, 6-2 to her opponent from Caltech. Ross fell in two sets in her first match before suffering a 2-6, 6-0, 1-0 (8) loss in the consolation. Inoue fell in three sets in both her first and second matches.

The Panthers sent three teams to the open doubles division. Inoue and Phillips reached the quarterfinals of doubles play after handing their first two opponents losses. The duo fell to the eventual-champion squad from CMS 8-1 in the third round. Allyn and Antonova put up a fight in their opening doubles match but fell 8-7 to their opponents from CMS. Ross and Trofimova also fell in the opening round to CMS.

The annual tournament wraps up the fall season for the Panthers, who will return to play at the Lastinger Tennis Center in March 2020.

by Katie Bell
Sports Information Assistant

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