Johns Hopkins wins second ITA Division III National Women's Team Indoor Championship
Blue Jays beat Carnegie Mellon in repeat of 2013 final
GREENCASTLE, IN (Mar 2) - Johns Hopkins has won its second straight ITA Division III National Women's Team Indoor Championship on Sunday, beating Carnegie Mellon for the second year in a row in the final.
|Johns Hopkins, 2014 ITA Division III Women's Team Indoor Champions|
In doubles, Johns Hopkins jumped to a 2-1 lead, and even had a match point at first doubles for a potential 3-0 lead. The Blue Jays got their first point at second doubles, as Elaine Baik and Mikey Barthelmass got the best of Katie Cecil and Angela Pratt, 8-4. Third doubles also went the way of the defending champs, and Shannon Herndon and Stephanie Rettig wrapped up an 8-1 win over Lydia Utkin and Nicholle Torres for a 2-0 Johns Hopkins lead.
The first doubles match was tight as Hailey Hogan and Sydney Lehman of Johns Hopkins battled Vanessa Pavia and Bryn Raschke of Carnegie Mellon. There were no breaks of serve in the match, and the Tartans served from behind twice with the Blue Jays a game away from the win. A tiebreak ensued, and each team held a match point before Pavia and Raschke converted on their second match point to win the TB 9-7.
|Freshman Amanda Austi's win at first singles clinched the Blue Jays' win|
With a 2-1 lead, the Blue Jays took quick first sets at Nos. 2 and 3 singles. At third singles, Hailey Hogan of Johns Hopkins won the first set 6-0 against Brooke Tsu and served for the match at 5-4 in the second. But the Tartan hung tough, breaking serve then holding for a 6-5 lead. Hogan would hold, and then capture the set and match in a tiebreak for a 6-0, 7-6 (4) win to give her team a 3-1 advantage.
It was a similar scenario in the second singles match between Blue Jay Sydney Lehman and Angela Pratt of Carnegie Mellon. Lehman won the first set 6-1, and Pratt was able to work her way back into the match. Both players held serve throughout the second set, but Lehman broke at 5-5 and served out the match for the 6-1, 7-5 win and a 4-1 lead for Johns Hopkins.
The Tartans got off to a great start at first singles in an all-freshman battle as Vanessa Pavia's booming forehand and serve saw her take the first set against Amanda Austi, 6-4. But Austi would get up 4-1 in the second set and not lose another game in clinching a second straight ITA Division III National Women's Team Indoor Championship win for Johns Hopkins with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 win.
The Blue Jays swept the remaining three matches of the final, with Elaine Baik winning at fourth singles down a set but up 4-1 on Katie Cecil, who was forced to retire with an injury. At fifth singles, Johns Hopkins' Shannon Herndon defeated Nicholle Torres 6-2, 6-1, while Stephanie Rettig won the final point of the night for the Blue Jays with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Bryn Raschke.
|Runner-up Carnegie Mellon|
Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Woodring was proud of his team's efforts. "It's pretty exciting and it really goes to the kids. We get great kids at Johns Hopkins and they work really hard academically and on the court. Carnegie is always a good team and the girls fought hard but we were just a better team today. We're happy for that but you have to give a lot of accolades to them - they fought hard every point. It's probably the best win we've had against Carnegie."
In the battle for third place, Chicago came on top in their match with Pomona-Pitzer, 6-3. The Maroons went up 2-1 after the doubles, and they got wins by Megan Tang at first singles, Tiffany Chen at second singles and Sruthi Ramaswami at fifth singles to clinch the victory for the Maroons.
|The Chicago Maroons placed third with a win over Pomona-Pitzer|
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About the ITA Division III National Women's Team Indoor Championships
The ITA Division III National Women's Team Indoor Championship is held annually each February. The women's event began in 2009 and will be held for the sixth time in 2014. The event features eight participating teams and is held over three days, beginning on Friday with the quarterfinals, followed by semifinals on Saturday and the final on Sunday. Two different schools have hosted the event, while Emory (2), Carnegie Mellon (1), Washington and Lee (1) and most recently Johns Hopkins (1) are past champions.