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Semifinals set for ITA Division III National Women's Team Indoor Championship

Three of the Top Four Seeds Advance; Emory, Chicago Look for Finals Repeat

ST. PETER, Minn. - Producing the same first round results as its men's counterpart, the top three seeds all advanced as Emory, U. of Chicago and Denison each enter tomorrow's semifinals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III National Women's Team Indoor Championship for the second-straight year.

No. 5 Carnegie Mellon provided the first round's only upset, exacting revenge on host Gustavus Adolphus with a 7-2 victory after dropping a match in last year's event. The upset by Carnegie was also a duplication of the men's tournament from just two weeks ago in which Coach Andrew Girard's team was also able to knock off the tournament's fourth seed as the only first-round upset.

The third-annual event returned to Gustavus Adolphus after hosting the inaugural championship just two years ago.

ITA Division III National Men's Team Indoor Championship: First Round
#1 Emory 8, #8 DePauw 1
#5 Carnegie Mellon 7, #4 Gustavus Adolphus 2
#3 Denison 6, #6 Washington & Lee 3
#2 U. of Chicago 8, #7 Chapman 1

#1 EMORY: Top-seeded Emory looks primed to defend their title, with a possible rematch of last year's final waiting in the wings as the Eagles won the ITA Indoor Championship last season, defeating the University of Chicago 6-3 in the title match. But first, they must face fifth-seeded Carnegie Mellon in a rematch from 2009, the first year of the annual tournament, in which Emory advanced to the championship match before losing to Carnegie, 6-3.

After claiming two quick doubles points at No. 2 and No. 3 positions, Emory's Jordan Wylie and Gabrielle Clark won three straight games in overcoming a 6-7 deficit to capture a 9-7 victory putting the Eagles up 3-0 early. From that point forward, EU never looked back, winning the next 5 singles matches, all but one in straight sets, to push the lead to an insurmountable 8-0 lead.

However, that did not stop the ladies from DePauw from giving it all they had. With just one match still on court and down big, Elizabeth Young fought her way to a 7-5, 6-4 win over Taylor Brandt to avoid the shutout for the Tigers.

First Round Matchup: No. 1 Emory 8, No. 8 DePauw 1
Semifinal Matchup: No. 1 Emory vs. No. 5 Carnegie Mellon

1. Wylie/Clark (EU) def. Arita/Gebert (DU), 9-7
2. McManigle/Dawson (EU) def. Wilks/Whitlach (DU), 8-2
3. Padmanabhan/Kelly (EU) def. Young/Crowley (DU), 8-3
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1

1. Gabrielle Clark (EU) def. Janelle Arita (DU), 6-2, 6-2
2. Jordan Wylie (EU) def. Kelly Gebert (DU), 6-0, 6-2
3. Lorne McManigle (EU) def. Tricia Wilks (DU), 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 [10]

4. Zahra Dawson (EU) def. Meg Crowley (DU), 6-2, 6-2
5. Mavalik Padmanabhan (EU) def. Katie Regan (DU), 6-2, 6-0

6. Elizabeth Young (DU) def. Taylor Brandt (EU), 7-5, 6-4

Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3, 4, 5, 6

#2 U. of CHICAGO: The University of Chicago women quickly showed their opponent, Chapman, who is making their first appearance in the event, that they have been here before. The Maroons have their sights set on returning to the final, only this time they are seeking a championship victory, after dropping a tough 6-3 loss to Emory in 2010.

U of C, who is perennially one of the most competitive squads in doubles play, put on a clinic, capturing all three doubles points 8-3, 8-2, and 8-1 respectively. The chance for the Panthers to rally back would hinge on the No.1 singles, which matched up two former NCAA Champions in Liz Lewis (Chapman) and Kendra Higgins (Chicago). In the first set, Lewis appeared to have revenge after dropping the doubles point earlier, but Higgins gained her composure and toughed out a clutch tiebreaking second set. Using the momentum, Higgins was able to outlast Lewis in the third set, putting the Maroons up 6-0 and capturing the match simultaneously with No. 2 singles, where Carmen Vaca Guzman nearly posted a shutout, dropping just one game.

Determined not to be shutout by the tournament's second-seed, Chapman's Genna Ford was able to post a third-set win, giving the Panthers their solo point and giving some momentum for their consolation match tomorrow.

First Round Matchup: No. 2 U. of Chicago 8, No. 7 Chapman 1

Semifinal Matchup: No. 2 U. of Chicago vs. No. 3 Denison

1. Higgins/Hu, (CHI) def. Lewis/Fox, (CHAP), 8-3
2. Li/Vaca Guzman (CHI) def. Boyer/Ford (CHAP), 8-2
3. Krishnan/Kung (CHI) def.Scholler/Sirois (CHAP), 8-1
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

1. Kendra Higgins (CHI) def. Liz Lewis (CHAP), 2-6, 7-6 [5], 1-0 [6]
2. Jennifer Kung (CHI) def. Kelley Fox (CHAP), 6-0, 6-0
3. Carmen Vaca Guzman (CHI) def. Candace Scholler (CHAP), 6-0, 6-1
4. Linden Li (CHI) def. Kelley Klebenow (CHAP), 6-1, 7-5
5. Chrissy Hu (CHI) def. Melissa Boyer (CHAP), 6-1, 6-1
6. Genna Ford (CHAP) def. Aswini Krishnan (CHI), 6-3, 1-6, 1-0 [3]

Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1, 5, 4, 6

#3 DENISON: The Big Red's victory moves them on to the semifinals where they will take on the University of Chicago, last year's runner-ups.

Denison took two of three doubles points thanks to an 8-2 win by Kristin Cobband Erin Chadwell and No. 1 doubles and an 8-4 win by freshman Kelsey Geppnerand senior Sarah Shortat No. 3 doubles.

In singles play, Chadwell picked up Denison's third point of the match with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Washington & Lee's Lauren Lukas. At third singles, Short defeated Jen Snyder 7-5, 6-2 for the point and Cobb locked up the clinching point with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Ellen Yeatman.

The Generals were able to claim one doubles and two singles victories on the day, however. The No. 2 duo of juniors Snyder and Yeatman edged out Alex Marcell and Jane Lent, 9-7. Trelsie Sadler posted the second point for W&L at No. 4 singles over Marcell, 6-2, 6-2, while No. 6 Sallie Griffin proved victorious over Kate Westenberger, 6-4, 6-1 to push the Generals' final point tally to three.

First Round Matchup: No. 3 Denison 6, No. 6 Washington & Lee 3

Semifinal Matchup: No. 3 Denison vs. No. 2 U. of Chicago

1. Cobb/Chadwell (DEN) def. Sadler/Lukas (W&L), 8-2
2. Snyder/Yeatman (W&L) def. Marcell/Lent (DEN), 9-7
3. Geppner/Short (DEN) def. Mixson/Griffin (W&L), 8-4
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

1. Kristin Cobb (DEN) def. Ellen Yeatman (W&L), 6-2, 6-4
2. Erin Chadwell (DEN) def. Lauren Lukas (W&L), 6-2, 6-3
3. Sarah Short (DEN) def. Jen Snyder (W&L), 7-5, 6-2
4. Trelsie Sadler (W&L) def. Alex Marcell (DEN), 6-2, 6-2
5. Kelsey Geppner (DEN) def. Chelsea Mixson (W&L), 6-0, 6-1
6. Sallie Griffin (W&L) def. Kate Westenberger (DEN), 6-4, 6-1

Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1, 4, 5, 6

#5 CARNEGIE MELLON: Though Carnegie Mellon came into the match as the lower seed, the Tartans look primed to follow up on their 2009 performance, in which they came in as the No. 6 seed but left with the inaugural ITA Division III Women's Team Indoor national title.

Carnegie's first opponent would be fourth-seeded Gustavus Adolphus, who are not only serving as tournament host but is also home to one of Division III's most passionate college tennis fans. However, it might be CMU who is most appreciative of the Swanson Tennis Center, as the their 2009 title also came on the home courts of their soon-to-be opponents.

At No. 1 doubles, the Chen and Chin duo (Laura and Courtney) made quick work of the home team with an 8-3 victory. Positions two and three though, would battle back-and-forth before Carnegie pulled away with both points, needing to get nine games to victory on both courts. The tough losses surely took some of the wind out of the Gusties' sails, as singles Nos. 1-3 took court. Chen and Chin carried their success into singles grabbing two more points to seal the deal for the Tartans early. However, Gustavus' Marianne Barau made sure no shutout would dangle in the picture by nearly notching a shutout at No. 3 singles, giving GAC their first point, despite still trailing 5-1. Give the host school credit for sticking around even after dropping the next two points, making it 7-1 Tartans. The Gusties' Mary Roop capitalized on the opportunity, giving the home team the final point of the night at No. 6 singles with a 6-1, 7-5 win.

First Round Matchup: No. 5 Carnegie Mellon 7, No. 4 Gustavus Adolphus 2

Semifinal Matchup: No. 5 Carnegie Mellon vs. No. 1 Emory

1. Chen/Chin (CMU) def. Barau/Gaard (GAC), 8-3
2. Chui/Tapak (CMU) def. Born/Frank (GAC), 9-7
3. Herrick/Tam (CMU) def. Erickson/Bardenwerper (GAC), 9-8 [6]
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3

1. Laura Chen (CMU) def. Sam Frank (GAC), 6-1, 6-0
2. Courtney Chin (CMU) vs. Megan Gaard (GAC), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
3. Marianne Barau (GAC) def. Alexandra Tapak (CMU), 6-0, 6-3
4. Cze-Je Tam (CMU) def. Alex Eirckson (GAC), 6-3, 6-4
5. Jennifer Chui (CMU) def. Julie Bardenwerper (GAC), 7-5, 6-2
6. Mary Roop (GAC) def. Madison Rabson (CMU), 6-1, 7-5

Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2, 4, 5, 6

Saturday's schedule has the losers of Friday's matches playing in consolation matches beginning at 8:30 a.m., while the winners will play in semifinal matches beginning at 2:00 p.m. The final Consolation rounds are slated to start at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The third place and championship matches will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.
* All times are CT


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