CLAREMONT (9-30) - Ashley Isaac is making successful visits to the ITAs a fun tradition.
After missing the last month of her freshman year with injury, she overcame a tough start to win the consolation bracket at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association West Regional at Pomona-Pitzer.
She ended her weekend beating Mia Fitzgerald of Redlands 4-1 when her opponent had to retire. She also won the consolation bracket last year across the street at Claremont-Mudd.
"Ashley fought through some really long competitive matches," said head coach Amy Jensen.
Isaac fell in the first round to top-seeded and eventual runner-up Catherine Allen of Claremont-Mudd. In the consolation bracket, she swept Redlands's Danya Wells and Claremont's Georgia Tuckerman before an epic comeback win over Anna Tifrea of Cal Tech 5-7, 7-6(5), 12-10 in the semifinals.
"Coach knows best: your brain can win the match even if your body can't," Isaac said.
In doubles, Isaac and fellow sophomore Isabelle Brown upset Nicole Fouts and Lisa Trofimova of Chapman 8-4 in the first round before falling to Redlands's Lexi Lehman and Kate Dolan.
Brown made the semis of the Women's B Singles bracket. She won by consecutive retirements before sweeping Trofimova 7-5, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Brown lost in the semifinals to eventual winner Lucy Jiang of Pomona 6-3, 6-1.
Coach Jensen called it a great weekend for both the men's and women's teams.
"The Slugs said they wanted to set the tone for the year - with professionalism & sporting behavior on court," Jensen said. "All 4 Slugs were pure class in all matches - competitive, tough, smart, and showing a great level of play."