Claremont, California - The 16th-ranked Trinity women's tennis team lost a hard-fought 5-2 decision to #5 Pomona-Pitzer (CA) Colleges in the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship on Saturday.
Trinity lost the first two singles matches to fall behind 4-1, and the first set of all four remaining matches was also won by Pomona to get to the brink of the clincher.
Andrea DeLeon launced a rally to win the final two sets of line five, and the Tigers closed the score to 4-2.
Trinity also rallied in each of the final three singles matches to force a third set. Southwick was leading 4-2 at line one, but Caroline Kutach lost at #2 singles, and the Sagehens prevailed.
The Tigers played in their sixth straight NCAA Championship, and completed the season with a 17-8 record. Pomona-Pitzer improved to 16-7 and will advance to tomorrow's third round match.
Southwick and Lutz finished the campaign with a 7-0 mark as a doubles team, while De Leon turned in a superb 17-4 singles record this season.
Liza Southwick will compete in the NCAA Singles Championship May 25-27 at Chattanooga, Tennessee.