Division III Women Open Up Play in National Team Indoor Championship

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Top Seed Tennis Center, Nicholasville, Kentucky (photo: Jacob Dye)

(2) Emory University def. (7) Brandeis University, 8-1

The Eagles soared to victory over Brandeis, flying in with an 8-1 win in the first round.

In doubles, Emory picked up shutout victories at No. 2 and No. 3 before earning the sweep with a tiebreaker win at No. 1 doubles. Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico and Jessica Fatemi were 8-0 winners at No. 2 doubles with Katelyn Thomas and Alexa Goetz teaming for the 8-0 win 3 doubles. At No. 1 doubles, Stephanie Taylor and Christina Watson pulled out the 8-7 (7) decision to give the Eagles a 3-0 advantage heading into singles play.

Five of the six singles matches were decided in straight sets with Emory dropping just six matches total. Goetz was the first to earn a decision, posting the 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles before Emma Cartledge earned the clinching win at No. 5 singles with a 6-1, 6-0 victory.

Other straight set wins for Emory came from Gonzalez-Rico at the No. 1 position (6-2, 6-0), Watson at No. 4 (6-0, 6-1) and by Lauren Yoon at No,. 6 singles (6-0, 6-1).

The match finished with Defne Olcay being taken to three sets by Ana Hatfield of Brandeis, where Hatfield claimed the 2-6, 6-4, 10-5 decision.

With the win, the Eagles advance to the semifinal round and will face MIT at 1:00 PM EST Saturday.

(4) Carnegie Mellon def, (5) University of Chicago, 6-3

The seventh-ranked Carnegie Mellon University went to battle with eighth-ranked University of Chicago, and came out on top with a final of 6-3. 

The Tartans led 2-1 following doubles play after collecting wins at the No. 3 and No. 2 doubles place. The dual of Janabelle Wu and Bin Zheng played No. 3 doubles and picked up the Tartans first point with an 8-3 victory. The second point was won with an 8-7 (7) win by the duo of Vinaya Rao and Lindy Cornwall at No. 2 doubles. The duo fought off many match points by the Maroons throughout the set to give the Cardinal and Gray the advantage heading into singles play.

Coming into singles, Rao earned the Tartans third point with a 6-2, 6-4 straight set win No. 2. Danna Taylor won a straight set match at first singles by the scores of 7-6 (8), 6-4 before Cornwall sealed the win for the Tartans with a 7-6 (4), 7-5 win at No. 5 singles.

Carnegie Mellon will now meet the second-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the semifinal on Saturday at 1:00 pm EST.

(1) Claremont-Mudd-Scripps def. (8) Centre College, 9-0 

The one-seed Claremont-Mudd-Scripps shut out Centre College with a quick 9-0 win.

CMS dominated in doubles, dropping only two matches combined over the three courts. Catherine Allen and Caroline Cox, the defending Division III National Champions in doubles, took an 8-0 win at No. 1, while the No. 2 pair of Justine Leong and Crystal Juan and the No. 3 duo of Sarah Bahsoun and Nicole Tan all won by 8-1 scores. 

CMS wrapped up the team win quickly in singles as Rebecca Berger took a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles, and Allen followed with the clincher at No. 1 by a 6-1, 6-0 final. Bahsoun earned a 6-0, 6-0 sweep at No. 6 to stretch the lead to 6-0, while Sydney Lee (6-2, 6-0), Devon Wolfe (6-0, 6-1) and Cox (6-1, 6-0) earned wins at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 to finish off the shutout win. 

The Athenas will take on Carnegie Mellon Saturday at 1:00 pm EST in the semifinal match. 

(3) Pomona-Pitzer Colleges vs (6) MIT — 1:00 PM EST

Pomona-Pitzer took victory with a 7-2 win against MIT. 

The Sagehens took the first doubles match of the competition at No. 2 doubles as the duo of Maria Lyven and Jay Kim battled out an 8-6 win.  The Sagehens followed up with a win at No. 1 doubles with Georgia Ryan and Janie Marcus edging out an 8-7 win to give the Sagehens a 2-1 lead heading into singles play.

Georgia Ryan got the first win of the day for the Sagehens in the singles competition with a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles followed by wins at No. 3 and No. 6 singles as Marcus doubled up with a win in her singles match 7-5, 7-6 and Kim won her singles match 6-4, 6-2. 

The Sagehens ended the day with wins at No. 4 singles with Rebecca Salaway earning a pair of 7-5 wins and Lyven took the No. 1 singles match with a 6-3, 7-5 victory.

The Sagehens will take on the Eagles of Emory Saturday at 1:00 p.m. EST.

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