GREENCASTLE, IN – Johns Hopkins was on the brink of elimination Friday in the opening round of the 2016 ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship, but the Blue Jays were bound and determined to not let their championship go without a fight.
Down 4-0 to No. 4 seed Washington & Lee, the fifth-seeded, and three-time defending #ITAIndoors champion Blue Jays claimed singles victories on the final five courts to cap a dramatic come-from-behind 5-4 victory at the DePauw Tennis and Track Center on the campus of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.
With the win, Johns Hopkins advances to Saturday’s semifinal round, where they will play No. 1 Carnegie Mellon, who rolled past the host Tigers 8-1. The other semifinal pits No. 2 Pomona-Pitzer (7-2 winners over No. 7 Washington University-St. Louis) versus No. 6 Sewanee (outlasted No. 3 MIT 5-4).
Saturday’s semifinal round gets underway at 2 p.m. ET. To view live scoring, updated draws, box scores, daily recaps and photo galleries, head to the Division III Women’s Team Indoor Championship event page. You can also follow along with the event on Twitter at @ITATennis, using the hashtag #ITAIndoors.
No. 6 Sewanee 5, No. 3 MIT 4
Sewanee grabbed a 2-1 lead following doubles. Lindsey Liles and Clementina Davila topped MIT’s Elysa Kohrs and Krystal Lai 8-3 at No. 1 doubles, and at No. 3 doubles, Annie Veron and Maggie Crumbliss slipped past Wendi Kong and Rena Liu 9-7. MIT’s Kelly Zhu and Dora Tzeng earned an 8-5 win at No. 2 doubles over Mary Jane McCaghren and Haley Tucker to score a point for the Engineers.
MIT opened singles play with victories at the No.’s 1-3 positions. Zhu defeated Davila 6-1, 7-6 at No. 2 singles, Tzeng bested Christina Merchant 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 at No. 3 singles, and Kohrs turned back Liles 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 at No. 1 singles. Crumbliss topped Rena Liu 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5 singles to draw Sewanee within 4-3.
Taylor Childress knotted the match 4-4 with a 7-6, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles over Kong, leaving the No. 6 singles contest between Annie Vernon of Sewanee and Lai of MIT to determine who would advance to the semifinals. Vernon dropped the first set 4-6, but battled back to win the second 7-5 and took the match 1-0 in the third when Liu was forced to retire due to injury, advancing the Tigers into the next round.
No. 2 Pomona-Pitzer 7, No. 7 Washington University-St. Louis 2
Pomona-Pitzer raced out to a 3-0 lead against Washington University-St. Louis, claiming victories on all three doubles courts. At No. 1 doubles, Maryann Zhao and Emily Chen defeated Grace Deering and Jamie Silverberg 8-5. Lea Lynn Yen and Caroline Casper garnered an 8-6 win over Rebecca Ho and Aly Coran at No. 2 doubles, while Joy Kim and Arianna Chen took down Kate Lee and Kaylan Griffith 8-5 at No. 3 doubles.
Casper increased the Sagehens’ advantage to 4-0 with an impressive 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles over Silverberg. Washington University-St. Louis quickly trimmed its deficit in half with victories at No. 3 and No. 1 singles. Grace Deering topped Zhao 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3, and Ho defeated Kim 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1. The Sagehens clinched the match at No. 4 singles with Shivani Doraiswami’s 6-3, 6-0 win over Aly Coran.
Mae Coyiuto won 6-0, 6-1 over Griffith at No. 5 singles to increase the Sagehens’ advantage to 6-2, and Chen scored a 6-3, 6-2 win against Lee at No. 6 singles in the final match between the teams.
No. 1 Carnegie Mellon 8, No. 8 DePauw 1
The top-seeded Tartans exploded out of the gate against the host and eighth-seeded Tigers, winning all three doubles matches. At No. 3 doubles, Nicholle Torres and Abbey Hamstra bested Collen Morris and Megan Galle 8-2, while at No. 2 doubles, Jamie Vizelman and Brooke Tsu scored an 8-2 win over Alyssa Senevirante and Ali Bush. The No. 1 doubles contest saw Cori Sidell and Minami Makino slip past Maddie Lee and Gretchen Wilder 8-6.
Carnegie Mellon moved within a point of clinching the match when Sidell set down Wilder 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. Torres secured the fifth and deciding point for the Tartans with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles over Senevirante. Tsu increased the margin to 6-0 with a three-set victory at No. 1 singles over Lee. Jamie Vizelman won 6-4, 6-3 over Colleen Morris at No. 4 singles to give Carnegie Mellon its seventh point of the match, and Katie Lai made it 8-0 with a 6-3, 6-3 decision over Megan Galle. Ali Bush scored the lone victory for DePauw, outlasting Minami Makino in three sets 7-6, 1-6, 1-0, ret.
No. 5 Johns Hopkins 5, No. 4 Washington & Lee 4
The Generals and Blue Jays engaged in three closely-contested doubles matches, with Washington & Lee emerging victories in all three to take an early 3-0 lead. At No. 2 doubles, Michelle Fleenor and Rachel Hicks squeaked past Olivia Kasten and Megumi Chen 9-7, while at No. 1 doubles, Brooke Donnelly and Tessa Hill ousted Ashnaa Rao and Mikey Barthelmass 9-8. At No. 3 doubles, Emily Kochard and M.H. McNeal defeated Amanda Austi and Jody Law 9-8.
In singles, the Generals extended their advantage to 4-0 as Donnelly took down Rao at No. 1 singles 6-4, 6-4. Chen scored the first point for Johns Hopkins with a three-set 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 victory over Hill at No. 2 singles, and Law sliced the deficit in half with her 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles versus Fleenor. A 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles by Caroline Greydak over Rachel Hicks brought the Blue Jays within 4-3.
Sunaina Vohra knotted the contest 4-4 with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 5 singles over Melinda Kauffman. Austi secured the match-clinching point for the Blue Jays with a 6-1, 7-5 victory at No. 4 singles against McNeal.
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