MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (March 3, 2017) – Despite fighting hard from the start, the No. 13 ranked Sewanee women's tennis team lost its quarterfinal match in the elite ITA Division III Women's National Indoor Championship against No. 10 ranked Chicago, 7-2, Friday inside the Adams Tennis Center.
The loss was the first all season for the Tigers, which are now 4-1 in 2017. Chicago improved to 8-0. Sewanee will now play No. 14 ranked Johns Hopkins on Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
The matched opened with both teams playing long points in doubles. At No. 3, Ariana Iranpour and Estefania Navarro earned an 8-1 win at No. 3 over Maggie Crumbliss and Haley Tucker. A court over, Tiffany Chen and Alyssa Rudin topped Ellie Czura and Christina Merchant at No. 2, 8-1.
Chicago earned its final point in doubles when Majorie Antohi and Rachel Kim outlasted Clementina Davila and Darby Davis at No. 1, 8-4.
In singles the Maroons earned early wins by No. 11 ranked Antohi at No. 2 against Taylor Childress 6-2, 6-0 and Rachel Kim at No. 3, 6-0, 6-3.
The Maroons added to their score when Rudin finally put away Tucker at No. 6, 7-6, 6-2. Chicago also had a singles win when No. 20 ranked Iranpour earned a 6-4, 6-0 victory against Davila at No. 1.
Sewanee earned both its points at No. 4 and No. 5. After dropping the first set to No. 31 ranked Navarro 6-3, Crumbliss rallied at No. 5. In the second set, she rolled past Navarro 6-1. Then in the final set tiebreaker, Crumbliss earned the win at 11-9.
Playing point-for-point, Merchant rallied back after dropping the first set to Chen at 7-5. In the second set, Merchant answered back with a 6-2 win. In the final tiebreaker, the Greenville, S.C. native outlasted Chen 10-8.