2013 ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship Gets Underway Friday
SKILLMAN, NJ (Feb. 27) – Eight of the top teams in the nation will be competing in the 2013 ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship, hosted by DePauw University. Play begins on Friday, March 1 and wraps up on Sunday, March 3.
Friday will feature two sessions, one at 10 am CT and the other at 3:30 pm CT. In the day’s first session, second seed Carnegie Mellon will face seventh seed Skidmore, while third seed and defending champion Washington & Lee will be up against sixth seed Trinity. Top seed Chicago is set to take on eighth seed Wisconsin-Whitewater in the afternoon session, along with fourth seed and host institution DePauw going up against the fifth seed Johns Hopkins.
The winners of Friday’s matches advance to the semifinals, which are slated for Saturday at 2 pm CT. The championship match is scheduled for Sunday at 10 am CT. For the complete draw, click here.
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Below is an in-depth look at the eight teams competing for the 2013 ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship title.
Carnegie Mellon: The Tartans will be looking to claim their second ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship crown, having defeated Emory for the title in 2009. Last year Carnegie Mellon reached the finals, losing 5-4 to Washington & Lee. The fifth-ranked Tartans bring a 3-1 record into the weekend, which includes a victory over the 33rd-ranked team in NCAA Division II Indiana (Pa.). Their one loss came to California (Pa.), a team ranked ninth in Division II. Carnegie Mellon is led by Elizabeth Martin and Katie Cecil, ranked fourth and fifth in the ITA Atlantic South Region singles rankings. Martin is also ranked seventh with Bryn Raschke in the Atlantic South in doubles, while Cecil is ranked 11th with Abbey Hamstra.
Chicago: The Maroons finished fifth in last year’s Championship, but earned the top seed the year after a runner-up finish at the 2013 NCAA Division III Team Championship. Chicago has reached the final twice in program history, losing on both occasions to Emory. The third-ranked Maroons are 2-2 this season, with both losses coming at the hands of NCAA Division I opponents. Chicago did defeat DI foe Wisconsin-Green Bay 6-1, along with ITA Central Region rival Denison 8-1. Chicago boasts the top-ranked singles player in the Central Region in Megan Tang, while also having three other players in the top 15 in the regional singles rankings – Linden Li (ninth), Kelsey McGillis (14th), and Maggie Schumann (15th). Tang and McGillis are also ranked eighth regionally in doubles, along with Li and Helen Sdvizkhov checking in at 10th.
DePauw: The Tigers are coming off their best ever finish at the ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship, posting a 2-1 record to place third last year. DePauw enters the event ranked 10th have a perfect 3-0 record so far in this season, including a 5-4 decisions against ITA Central Region opponents No. 13 Wash U and Case Western. The Tigers only have one regionally-ranked singles player in eighth-ranked Maggie MacPhail. However, DePauw features three doubles tandems in the Top 10 of the Central Region doubles rankings, including top-ranked Claire Marshall and Megan Crowley. MacPhail is also ranked sixth in doubles with Caroline Eberhardt, while Julie Wittwer and Kaitlin Pickrel are ninth.
Johns Hopkins: The Blue Jays dropped their first two matches of the 2012 ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship, but closed the tournament with a victory to finish seventh. Johns Hopkins is ranked No. 11 in the nation, but has yet to play a match this season. The Blue Jays have placed five players in the most recent Atlantic South singles rankings, including seventh-ranked Shannon Herndon and 10th-ranked Elaine Baik. Nandita Krishnan comes in at seventh in the region, along with 21st-ranked Shannon Libaw and 23rd-ranked Sydney Lehman. Krishnan and Lehman have also earned a regional doubles ranking of sixth.
Skidmore: The Thoroughbreds will be competing in their first ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship. No. 16 Skidmore has only played one dual match this season, a 9-0 sweep of ITA Northeast Region foe RPI in the fall. The Thoroughbreds feature a pair of singles players ranked in the Northeast Region, led by 12th-ranked Nataly Mendoza, along with 24th-ranked Lee Ford. Mendoza and Ford are also Skidmore’s lone doubles tandem with a regional ranking, currently sitting at 13th in the region.
Trinity: The Tigers will be competing in the ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship for the first time in program history. The lone representative from the ITA West Region in this year’s Championship, Trinity comes in ranked No. 15 in the nation. The Tigers are just 2-5 this year, but three of those losses have come against Top 50 squads from NCAA Division II, including No. 3 Abilene Christian. The Tigers have three singles players in the West Region singles rankings in fourth-ranked Mackenzie Knoop, 15th-ranked Thavindra Ekanayake, and 20th-ranked Kylie Hornbeck. Knoop and Ekanayake are also one of the best pairs in the region in doubles, checking in at third, while Caroline White and Kristy Hamilton sit at 14th.
Washington & Lee: The defending champion Generals head to Greencastle looking to make it back-to-back ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship titles. Washington & Lee claimed the 2012 crown by defeating Carnegie Mellon 5-4. The Generals are currently ranked No. 7 in the nation and won the only match they have played this season, a 7-2 triumph over NCAA Division I opponent Radford. Washington & Lee brings five players with an ITA Atlantic South Region ranking into the weekend, led by second-ranked Meghan Buell. Claire Cahill currently sit at 11th in the region, while Allison Hupalo is 14th, Mary Elizabeth Shutley is 16th, and Sonja Meighan is 17th. Buell and Cahill also team up to rank second in the region in doubles, while Meighan and Patricia Kirkland are ninth.
Wisconsin-Whitewater: The Warhawks are making their first appearance in team history in the ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship. Wisconsin-Whitewater has played a total of 10 matches to this point in the season, all coming in the fall. The Warhawks dominated their competition in every match, having no contest finish closer that 8-1 and not dropping a singles point against Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference competition. Wisconsin-Whitewater has one player with an ITA Central Region ranking in 11th-ranked Sydney Divelbiss. The Warhawks also feature one doubles duo with a regional ranking, as Divelbiss and Alexandra Bayliss are currently fifth.