No. 13 Tigers split in epic matches at ITA Indoors against No. 14 Johns Hopkins and No. 15 Mary Washington

No. 13 Tigers split in epic matches at ITA Indoors against No. 14 Johns Hopkins and No. 15 Mary Washington

MURFRESSBORO, Tenn. (March 4, 2017) – In its second day of action at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III Women's Indoor National Championship, the No. 13 ranked Sewanee women's tennis team fell just short against No. 14 Johns Hopkins inside the Adams Tennis Center.

The Tigers and Hopkins played one of the longest matches in ITA Indoor history. The contest started at 8:30 a.m. and finished at 4:00 p.m. It featured everything. There were two delays because of lights going out. There was another delay with the match tied at 4-4, when the No. 6 singles player for Hopkins had to stop for an injury. With another match starting on the other side of the Adams Tennis Center, players also had to change courts. 

Despite all this, the actual play was outstanding. Hopkins opened the contest as Jody Law and Caroline Greydak topped Maggie Crumbliss and Haley Tucker at No. 3 doubles, 8-3.

JHU then took the No. 1 doubles contest when No. 2 ranked Ashnaa Rao and Mikey Barthelmass earned an 8-5 win against Clementina Davila and Darby Duval.

Sewanee earned its first win when Ellie Czura and Christina Merchant teamed up to defeat No. 19 ranked Anna Kankanala and Kimberly Zou, 8-3.

As singles got rolling, No. 7 ranked Rao earned a 6-1, 6-4 straight set win over Davila at No. 1. Sewanee pulled back to within one at 3-2 when Czura rolled Jody Law in straight sets 6-2, 7-6.

Hopkins extended their lead again when Megumi Chen finally put away Taylor Childress in a long, point-for-point contest at No. 2, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Needing to rally and win the final three matches, Sewanee kept fighting. Merchant rallied back after a 7-5 first-set loss to put away No. 24 ranked Sophia Strickland 6-2, 7-5.

Sewanee then tied the contest after Maggie Crumbliss took command by winning at No. 5 against Caroline Greydak 6-3, 6-4.

With the scored tied at 4-4, all the drama turned to No. 6 singles. In the first set, Sewanee freshman Duval took an early lead after topping Zou, 6-2. Zou rallied back in the second set finally outlasting in a back-and-forth, long tiebreaker. Then in the pivotal third set, Zou took an early lead, before Duval answered back. Finally, after breaking Duval at 5-4, Zou won on a close shot that was ruled out at 6-4.

After their long morning match, Sewanee showed its heart in the seventh place contest against No. 15 Mary Washington. After traveling to the Nashboro Village Athletic Club, Sewanee earned its first point at No. 2 doubles.

The Tigers pulled to within 3-2 when Davila won at No. 1 in straight sets. After Mary Washington extended its lead, Sewanee tied the match when Crumbliss won at No. 5. Like the first match of the day, it again came down to Duval at No. 6. This time, the match went in favor of the Tiger freshman. After winning the first set 6-4, Duval closed out the second set with another 6-4 victory.

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