North Carolina, Cal To Meet For 2016 Division I Women’s #ITAIndoors Title On Monday
MADISON, WI – After surviving tough semifinal contests on Sunday, defending champion North Carolina and California will meet up in Monday’s 2016 ITA Division I National Women’s Team Indoor Championship at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.
Monday’s championship match is slated to begin at 11 a.m. CT. You can follow along with live scoring, provided by the host institution, the University of Wisconsin, at the #ITAIndoors event page.
Sunday’s semifinal action started with a replay of the 2015 #ITAIndoors championship, as No. 3 North Carolina battled No. 2 Georgia. The Tar Heels started off the match taking the doubles point, as the team’s No. 1 tandem of Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay rallied back from a 4-3 deficit in their deciding match to win 6-4. Following doubles, Georgia bounced back to even the match at 1-1 before UNC freshman Jessie Aney took the No. 3 singles match 6-0, 6-4 to help the Tar Heels begin to pull away. Chloe Ouellet-Pizer closed out the match at the No. 6 position, besting the Bulldogs’ Laura Patterson in three sets 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 to win the match for North Carolina 4-2.
The other semifinal match at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium pitted No. 4 seed California against No. 8 seed Ohio State, who took out No. 1 seed Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals. No stranger to the semifinals, having advanced to this round of the #ITAIndoors the past two years, the Golden Bears had just enough to slip past the game Buckeyes in a 4-3 nail-biter.
Ohio State won its first doubles point of the tournament, thanks to a 7-6 victory by No. 6-ranked Anna Sanford and Miho Kowase at No. 1 doubles. The two teams traded wins a pair of times in singles play, leading to the Buckeyes going up 3-2 with both remaining matches in the third set. Cal’s Denise Starr evened the dual at 3-3 by beating Ohio State’s Kowase at the No. 4 spot, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2, leaving the deciding match to earn a spot in Monday’s championship to the No. 6 singles position. Golden Bear Karla Popovic and the Buckeyes’ Olivia Sneed keeping the drama intact, as the duo played into a winner-take-all third set. In the end, Popovic garnered a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 win to propel Cal to victory.