Madrigal Falls in the First Round of Individual Championships

(Photo by Kay Hurd)

CLAREMONT, Calif. — Eighth-seeded sophomore Andrea Madrigal fell, 6-1, 6-3, to Elysa Kohrs of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Singles Championship, hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, on Thursday.

Madrigal couldn't seem to get the jitters out of her system. After trading service breaks to start the match, La Verne's No. 1 singles player dropped five straight games to lose the first set.

The second set started much in the same way, but Madrigal seemed to be finding her feet beneath her as she broke for a 3-2 lead. However, Madrigal couldn't get the key hold she needed as Kohrs took four straight games to claim the set and the match.

Madrigal finished her season with an 18-3 overall record in singles, playing in the No. 1 spot the entire year. In the fall, Madrigal became the first Leopard to win the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) West Regional Championships and earned ITA All-America status. She then went on to take sixth place at the United States Tennis Association/ITA National Small College Championships in Fort Myers, Fla. Madrigal was named the SCIAC Women's Tennis Athlete of the Year

La Verne tennis concludes the program's best season in memory, finishing the year with a 16-6 overall record and a first-ever appearance in the NCAA National Championships. Earlier this week, head coach Yolanda Duron was named the Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year and assistant coach Amit Inbar was named the West Region Assistant Coach of the Year.

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