GREENCASTLE, IN – A new champion will be crowned at the 2016 ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship, as three-time defending champ and fifth-seeded Johns Hopkins fell to No. 1 Carnegie Mellon 5-4 in Saturday’s semifinal round at the DePauw Tennis and Track Center on the campus of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.
The Tartans (8-1) will face No. 2 Pomona-Pitzer (2-1), who toppled No. 6 Sewanee 7-2 in Saturday’s other semifinal. It’s the first #ITAIndoors final appearance for the Sagehens, while Carnegie Mellon is making its fifth-straight finals appearance, and are looking for its first #ITAIndoors title since 2009.
Sunday’s championship match will start at 8:45 a.m. ET. The third-place match between Johns Hopkins and Sewanee will get underway at 10 a.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. 1 Carnegie Mellon 5, No. 5 Johns Hopkins 4
The top-seeded Tartans claimed a 2-1 lead over the three-time defending #ITAIndoors champion Blue Jays following doubles play. Carnegie Mellon’s Nicolle Torres and Abbey Hamstra won 8-5 at No. 3 doubles over Amanda Austi and Jody Law, while at No. 2 doubles, Jamie Vizelman and Brooke Tsu outlasted Megumi Chen and Olivia Kasten 9-8 (6). Johns Hopkins’ duo of Ashnaa Rao and Mikey Barthelmass won 8-3 at No. 1 doubles versus Cori Sidell and Minami Makino.
In singles, Carnegie Mellon scored the first point, extending its lead to 3-1 in the process, as Torres topped Chen in straight sets 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2 singles. Rao of Johns Hopkins scored a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win over Tsu at No. 1 singles to draw the Blue Jays within 3-2. Vizelman secured a 6-0, 6-3 victory at No. 4 singles over Austi, and Sidell garnered the deciding point of the match with a 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 win at No. 3 singles versus Law.
Sunaina Vohra charged past Makino 6-1, 6-4 at No. 5 singles, earning the Blue Jays’ third point of the match. Caroline Greydak scored a 6-1, 7-5 victory for Johns Hopkins at No. 6 singles over Katie Lai in the final match.
No. 2 Pomona-Pitzer 7, No. 6 Sewanee 2
Pomona-Pitzer edged Sewanee on two of the three doubles courts to jump out to an early 2-1 advantage. The Sagehens scored victories at No. 2 doubles (Lea Lynn Yen/Caroline Casper d. Mary Jane McCaghren/Haley Tucker 8-3) and No. 3 doubles (Joy Kim/Arianna Chen d. Annie Veron/Maggie Crumbliss), while the Tigers’ No. 1 team of Lindsey Liles and Clementina Davila topped Maryann Zhao and Emily Chen 8-4.
Pomona-Pitzer notched the first point in singles play, as Zhao bested Christina Merchant 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3 singles to increase the Sagehens’ advantage to 3-1. Casper’s 6-4, 7-5 victory at No. 2 singles over Davila moved Pomona-Pitzer within a point of clinching the match. Liles earned Sewanee’s second point of the match with a 7-6, 6-1 decision over Kim at No. 1 singles. Shivani Doraiswami secured the match for Pomona-Pitzer with a dominant 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles over Taylor Childress.
Chen scored a 6-2, 6-1 win over Sara Thompson at No. 6 singles, increasing the Pomona-Pitzer advantage to 6-2. Mae Coyiuto closed out the match with a 6-7, 7-5, 1-0 (5) win for the Sagehens over Crumbliss at No. 5 singles.
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