MURFREESBORO, TN – The defending ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Champion versus the reigning NCAA Division III national champion.
Sunday’s final showdown in the 2017 ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship doesn’t get more intriguing than that.
Pomona-Pitzer, the reigning #ITAIndoors champs and No. 2 seed in the 2017 ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship, punched its ticket to a second-consecutive final with a 6-3 win over No. 3 Chicago on Saturday, while the NCAA champion and top-seeded Eagles picked up an 8-1 win against No. 4 Washington University in St. Louis.
After taking a 2-1 lead in doubles, Pomona-Pitzer moved ahead 3-1 with Arianna Chen scoring a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 4 singles over Tiffany Chen. The Maroons narrowed the deficit to 3-2 when Estefania Navarro closed out her No. 5 singles match with Grace Hruska 6-4, 6-3. The Sagehens won at No. 3 singles (Mae Coyiuto def. Rachel Kim 6-4, 6-2) and No. 1 singles (Caroline Casper def. Ariana Iranpour 6-3, 6-2) to clinch the match and Maryann Zhao’s 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 win at No. 2 singles over Marjorie Antohi gave Pomona-Pitzer a 6-2 edge. Chicago’s Alyssa Rudin picked up another point for her team with a 6-3, 6-7, 1-0 win at No. 6 singles versus Emily Chen.
Emory claimed a 3-0 lead over Washington University in St. Louis, clinching all three doubles matches. In singles, the Eagles won at No. 4 singles (Katarina Su def. Brigitte Hodge 6-0, 6-1) and No. 2 singles (Michelle Satterfield def. Grace Deering 6-2, 6-2) to pick up the requisite five points needed to advance, and they’d extend the lead to 8-0, before Rebecca Ho scored the Bears’ lone point, taking down the nation’s No. 1-ranked singles player. Ho, ranked No. 4, defeated Bridget Harding 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.
Sunday’s final at the Adams Tennis Complex will get underway at 10:30 a.m. CST.
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