THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Competing in its fourth match in three days, the Cal Lutheran women’s tennis team played strong but couldn’t get past UT-Dallas Saturday morning, falling to the Comets 8-1 at the Poulson Tennis Center.
Cal Lutheran played well in the doubles portion of the match with the No. 2 pairing of Carly Mouzes and Lindsay Murphy rallying to win a thrilling 9-7 match over Auvi Tran and Jean-Jean Gwo.
CLU’s No. 1 duo of Sarah Baker and Emily Werman had their chances to take the match but couldn’t quite overcome some effective volleys from Casey Johnson and Rachel Houston, falling 8-4.
In the No. 3 doubles match, Jacqueline Rasmay and Lauren Toohey had UTD’s grouping of Megan Tan and Mindy Tiu on the ropes before running out of gas, being defeated 8-6 in a close match.
Despite flashes of strong play and improvement, all six of the singles matches went in favor of the Comets. In the closest singles game of the day, Murphy pushed Johnson to a first-set tie-break in the No. 1 singles, but Johnson was able to find a cross-court winner to win the set 7-6 and then rode the momentum to take the second 6-1.
Werman fell to Tran in the No. 2 singles match, 6-1, 6-2 while Baker got to within 5-4 in the second set against Houston in the No. 3 match but couldn’t get any closer as Houston won 6-1, 6-4.
Tiu defeated Mouzes in the No. 4 singles match 6-0, 6-1, Gwo won against Toohey in the No. 5 pairing and Tan closed out the win for the Comets with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Emily Nerland.
Cal Lutheran (4-10 overall) gets some well-deserved days off before it travels to Oregon to take on Lewis & Clark and Linfield for a doubleheader on Saturday, March 23. CLU’s match with Lewis & Clark is set to start at noon while the Linfield match is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.