May 13, 2014

Madrigal Named SCIAC AOY; Losaria, Matsuda All-SCIAC

PASADENA, Calif. — After a stellar sophomore season in which she won the Fall Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional and led her team to its first ever NCAA National Championships in the spring, Andrea Madrigal was named the 2014 SCIAC Women's Tennis Athlete of the Year. Jeanette Losaria was named to First Team All-SCIAC and Laina Matsuda was selected to the Second Team.

Madrigal amassed an overall singles record of 18-2 during the regular season that featured matches against 13 nationally ranked opponents.

In the SCIAC Women's Tennis Championships semifinal against Pomona-Pitzer, Madrigal, along with her doubles partner Bridget Etchegaray, came back from a 7-4 deficit to win the doubles point and won the clincher at No. 1 singles to upset the No. 6 Sagehens. In the SCIAC final against No. 5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Madrigal and Etchegaray got La Verne's only doubles point and Madrigal won at No. 1 singles in a close match.

In addition to the team appearance at the NCAA championships, Madrigal was selected to compete in the individual singles championship to be held on May 22-24.

In the fall, Madrigal became the first Leopard to win the ITA West Regional Championships and earned ITA All-America status. Madrigal then went on to take sixth place at the United States Tennis Association/ITA National Small College Championships in Fort Myers, Fla.

Losaria and Matsuda were No. 2 and No. 3 singles player for La Verne, respectively, and as a doubles pair, they were one of the best in the West Region. Losaria and Matsuda went 14-8 as a doubles do on the season and in April, became the first Leopard duo to reach the final at the prestigious Ojai Tennis Tournament.

Losaria and Matsuda were also named doubles alternates for the individual doubles championship. They will replace any doubles team in the West Region that scratches from the tournament.

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