Semifinals set for ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship
No. 1 Denison, No. 2 Emory, No. 3 Mary Washington and No. 5 Carnegie Mellon advance
ST. PETER, MINN. – Three of the tour four seeds posted quarterfinal victories Friday to advance to the semifinals of the inaugural Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III National Women's Team Indoor Championship at the Swanson Tennis Center on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota. Eight of the top 20 teams in Division III women’s tennis will play off to determine the event’s first champion.
ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship: First Round
#1 Denison 9, #8 Coe College 0
#5 Carnegie Mellon 6, #4 Pomona-Pitzer 3
#3 Mary Washington 8, #6 Gustavus Adolphus 1
#2 Emory University 7, #7 DePauw 2
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Carnegie Mellon (7-0): The eighth-ranked Tartans advanced to the semifinals with a 6-3 victory over #7 Pomona-Pitzer. The win keeps Carnegie Mellon’s dual-match record perfect at 7-0 on the season. CMU came out firing, winning all three doubles points. Ashley Herrick and freshman Laura Chen completed the sweep for the Tartans as they downed Siobhan Finicane and Rebecca Lange 8-4 at first singles. After dropping a straight set victory at third singles, the Tartans clinched the match with two straight set victories of their own at first and fourth singles. Chen claimed a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Finicane while Courtney Chin won 6-3, 6-1 against Wolstencroft. Carnegie Mellon’s Amanda Wu finished off Lange 6-1, 7-6 to clinch the win for tartans.
First Round Matchup: No. 5 Carnegie Mellon 6, No. 4 Pomona-Pitzer 3
Semifinal Matchup: No. 5 Carnegie Mellon vs. No. 1 Denison – 2 p.m. (CT)
Denison (2-1): The top-ranked Big Red breezed into the semifinals with a 9-0 shutout over 19th-ranked Coe College. Led by the duo of Marta Drane and Kristin Cobb, who finished second at the ITA Small College National Championships, Denison completed a clean sweep to claim all three doubles points and give their team a commanding 3-0 lead heading into singles. The Big Red used the momentum to capture all six singles matches, all in straight sets. Cobb quickly pushed to the lead to 4-0 with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles. After splitting sets at the No. 2 and 3 spots, Erin Chadwell sealed the deal by closing out Andrea Shupbach, 6-0 in the third set. Densison would also pick up wins at singles No. 4-6, all in straight sets.
First Round Matchup: No. 1 Denison 9, No. 8 Coe College 0
Semifinal Matchup: No. 1 Denison vs. No. 5 Carnegie Mellon – 2 p.m. (CT)
Emory University (4-2): The fifth-ranked Eagles flew past the Eagles of Mary Washington with a 7-2 win against 12th-ranked DePauw. Finding themselves down 2-1 after doubles, Emory stormed back to win all six singles matches. Tshema Nash and Lindsay Reidenbach were nearly flawless, each picking up 6-0, 6-1 victories at No. 2 and 3 singles. Zahra Dawson would clinch the win for the Eagles of Emory, defeating Greer Mackie, 7-6, 6-3 at second singles.
First Round Matchup: No. 2 Emory 7, No. 7 DePauw 2
Semifinal Matchup: No. 2 Emory vs. No. 3 Mary Washington – 2 p.m. (CT)
Mary Washington (4-1): The sixth-ranked Eagles notched a convincing 6-3 win against host Gustavus Adolphus to move into tomorrow’s semifinals. With wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, Mary Washington notched an early 2-1 lead at the start of singles play. UMW went on to win all six singles matches, including five straight-set victories. The singles matchup that did go into a third set was at No. 2 singles, where UMW’s Kate Malpeli clinched the win for the Eagles by defeating Sam Frank, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1.
First Round Matchup: No. 3 Mary Washington 8, Gustavus Adolphus 1
Semifinal Matchup: No. 3 Mary Washington vs. No. 2 Emory – 2 p.m. (CT)
Saturday's schedule has the losers of Friday's matches playing in consolation matches beginning at 8:30 a.m., while the winners will play in semifinal matches beginning at 2:00 p.m. The final consolation rounds are slated to start at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The third place and championship matches will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Many of the top players in Division III will be taking part in the tournament including six singles players currently ranked in the top five regionally. Some of the top ranked players include Lauren Chen of Carnegie Mellon, Lorne McManigle of Emory, Rebecca Lange of Pomona-Pitzer, Janelle Arita of DePauw, Zahra Dawson of Emory and Megan Damico of Denison.
In doubles play, seven teams participating in the championship are currently ranked in the top five regionally. Among these tandems are Kristin Cobb and Marta Drane of Dension, Greer Mackie and Kayla Smith of DePauw, McManigle and Sabra Rogers, Megan Lawlor and Rebecca Morse-Karzen of Mary Washington, Sara Vrabec and Lindsay Reidenbach of Emory, Molly Fiala and Andrea Schupach of Coe College and Chen and Amanda Wu of Carnegie Mellon.
This newest addition to the ITA national tournament calendar joins its men's counterpart, the ITA National Division III Men's Team Indoor Championships, which was also hosted by Gustavus Adolphus last weekend, February 20-22 at the Swanson Tennis Center in St. Peter, Minn.
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