CLAREMONT- For the first time in program history, the University of La Verne has a champion at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Championships.
Concluding a three-day tournament, sophomore Andrea Madrigal outlasted Katie Kouseman of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 6-2, 6-4 to claim the ITA West Region singles title at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center on the CMS campus Sunday. It was the first time a Leo player had advanced beyond the tournament's quarterfinal round.
Madrigal earned ITA all-American honors with the victory and will advance to the USTA/ITA National Small College Championship in Fort Myers, Florida Oct. 10-13 at the Three Oaks Tennis Center.
Madrigal, the No. 2 seed, made quick work of her Friday opponents, sweeping both in straight sets. In the round of 16 Saturday, she defeated Sophia Duong of Chapman 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 and took down Caroline Ward of CMS 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. Madrigal scored two more straight-set victories on Sunday, defeating Samantha Chao of Pomona-Pitzer 6-2, 6-4 before eliminating Kouseman in the final.
No. 7 seed Jeanette Losaria also earned two wins in the women's singles draw before falling in the round of 16 to Kouseman. Bridget Etchegaray and Allison Moncrief scored one win apeice before falling in the second round.
Madrigal and Moncrief teamed up for a doubles win on Friday while Losaria and Etchegaray won their first two doubles matches but fell in the quarterfinals Saturday to Caroline Ward and Crystal Lim of CMS.
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