Eisenman-Brissett Win ITA West Region Doubles Title, Yoon Defeats Top Seed in Singles
CLAREMONT, Calif. - Audrey Yoon defeated top seed and defending national singles champion Angie Zhou of Pomona-Pitzer 7-6, 6-2 to create an All-CMS singles final tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. with Lindsay Eisenman, as the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's tennis team had a dominant performance at the ITA West Regionals this weekend.
CMS, the two-time defending NCAA team champions, also took the ITA West Region doubles crown, with Eisenman and Ella Brissett wining an All-CMS final over Yoon and Alisha Chulani. Eisenman repeated as a doubles champion, and as a doubles All-American, after also winning an All-CMS final a year ago, while Brissett earned All-America honors for the first time in her career.
Eisenman and Brissett also remain undefeated as doubles partners, including 7-0 this season after a 5-0 run through the ITA West Regionals and a 2-0 record at the Sagehen-Athena Invitational two weeks ago. They are now 25-0 as a doubles team, including an umblemished record in the postseason last year, which included a comeback win over Pomona-Pitzer in the NCAA Regional Finals, and a tiebreaker win over Amherst in the NAA Quarterfinals.
Yoon had the signature match of the day for CMS, as she took on Zhou, who won the NCAA singles title last year after a runner-up finish in 2022. The first set went to a tiebreaker, and Yoon was able to take a narrow 7-5 win to earn the first set, and then carried the momentum into the second, winning 7-6, 6-2 to move on to the finals and earn a spot in the single championship at the ITA Cup in Rome, Georgia.
CMS had all four teams in the doubles semifinals, with Katherine Wurster and Lily Walther defeating the top Pomona-Pitzer team of Nina Ye and Angie Zhou 8-3 in the quarterfinals. Sena Selby and Jade Haller won their quarterfinal over Pomona-Pitzer's Marissa Markey and Alexandra Coleman 8-4, while Chulani and Yoon (8-2) and Brissett and Eisenman (8-5) took theirs in convincing fashion as well.
Brissett and Eisenman were tested by Selby and Haller in one All-CMS semifinal, before winning 8-6, while Chulani and Yoon took an 8-5 win over Wurster and Walther. Brissett-Eisenman and Chulani-Yoon earned their trips to the ITA Cup by reaching the finals as well. Eisenman and Chulani will making return visits in doubles, albeit with different partners this year, after Eisenman and Gabby Lee edged Chulani and Devon Wolfe in an All-CMS doubles championship last fall.
There were also three All-CMS battles in the singles quarterfinals, where Yoon and Brissett had a three-setter before Yoon was able to take it 6-2, 2-6, 10-8. Chulani defeated Walther and Eisenman defeated Selby to send three Athenas through to the semifinals.
Eisenman and Chulani had another close All-CMS singles battle, with Eisenman coming back for a 6-7, 6-0, 7-5 three-set win to advance to the finals and meet Yoon, with both earning the right to play at the ITA Cup.
The singles final will take place tomorrow morning at 9 a.m., with All-America honors at stake. Yoon earned All-America honors in singles last spring by advancing in the NCAA Division III singles championship, while Eisenman will be trying to earn it for the first time as a sophomore. The singles final was originally scheduled for today, but rain on Saturday pushed back the schedule.