Women's Tennis: Sagehens Beat Chicago, Head Back to ITA Indoor National Championship Match

Women's Tennis: Sagehens Beat Chicago, Head Back to ITA Indoor National Championship Match

MURFREESBORO, TN — The Sagehens have put themselves back in position for another historic season. The No. 6 Pomona-Pitzer Women's Tennis team beat the No. 10 University of Chicago Maroons 6-3 to earn a second consecutive trip to the ITA Division III National Women's Team Indoor Championship match.

The Sagehens are the current defending ITA Indoor Champions. They defeated Carnegie Mellon 5-0 to win their first ever ITA Indoor Championship last season.

Pomona-Pitzer will play No. 1 Emory  tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. central time. Emory won the ITA Indoor Championships in both 2010 and 2011. Fans can watch the action live here, or follow live scoring here.

The ITA began crowning division III team indoor champions in 2009.

Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to 6-1 this season and are undefeated against division III competition.

Doubles

The Sagehens edged Chicago on two of the three doubles courts to open up the match with a 2-1 advantage. In the No. 1 spot, Maryann Zhao and Emily Chen took down Majorie Antohi and Rachel Kim 8-5. 

Caroline Casper and Arianna Chen followed suit in the No. 2 match earning a close 9-7 win over Tiffany Chen and Alyssa Rudin. In the No. 3 match, Chicago's Ariana Iranpour and Estefanie Navarro just pulled ahead of Pomona-Pitzer's Grace Hruska and Yurie Heard, beating the pair 9-7.

Singles

Arianna Chen opened up the singles portion for the Sagehens with a dominant 6-1, 6-0 win over Tiffany Chen in the No. 4 slot.

Mae Coyiuto and Casper followed along each earning wins for Pomona-Pitzer. Coyiuto beat Rachel Kim in the No. 3 spot 6-4, 6-2, and Casper beat Iranpour in the No. 1 match 6-2, 6-2.

Zhao earned a hard fought win at No. 2, beating Marjorie Antohi in three sets 6-2, 2-6, 10-7.

Complete Match Information

Doubles Competition

1. Maryann Zhao/Emily Chen (PP) def. Marjorie Antohi/Rachel Kim (CHI) 8-5

2. Caroline Casper/Arianna Chen (PP) def. Tiffany Chen/Alyssa Rudin (CHI) 9-7

3. Ariana Iranpour/Estefania Navarro (CHI) def. Grace Hruska/Yurie Heard (PP) 9-7

Singles Competition

1. Caroline Casper (PP) def. Ariana Iranpour (CHI) 6-3, 6-2

2. Maryann Zhao (PP) def. Marjorie Antohi (CHI) 6-2, 2-6, 10-7

3. Mae Coyiuto (PP) def. Rachel Kim (CHI) 6-4, 6-2

4. Arianna Chen (PP) def. Tiffany Chen (CHI) 6-1, 6-0

5. Estefania Navarro (CHI) def. Grace Hruska (PP) 6-4, 6-3

6. Alyssa Rudin (CHI) def. Emily Chen (PP) 6-3, 6-7, 10-4

Match Notes:

Chicago 8-1; National ranking #10, #3 seed

Pomona-Pitzer 6-1; National ranking #6, #2 seed

Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,5,3,1,2)