CLAREMONT, Calif. – A trio of University of Chicago tennis players competed at day one of the NCAA Division III Singles and Doubles Championships on Thursday.
Junior Deepak Sabada kicked off the morning session with a singles match versus David Konstantinov of Whittier College. Konstantinov took the first set 6-3, but Sabada stormed back late in the second set to force a tiebreaker at 6-6. With his season in the balance, Sabada came through with the crucial game and set 7-6. In the third set, Konstantinov steadily pulled away to win the set and the match 6-3.
Sabada wrapped up his season with a 17-12 singles record. It marked the second year in-a-row that he qualified for the national tournament.
Junior Megan Tang was up next and entered as the No. 6 seed in the women's singles draw. Her opponent was Amanda Austi of Johns Hopkins University. Tied 4-4 in the opening set, Austi seized the momentum by reeling off four-straight games to take the set 6-4 and established a 2-0 lead in the second set. Tang answered right back to go up 3-2 and then tied the match with a 6-4 set of her own. However, Austi rolled through the third set 6-1 to gain the match victory.
Tang was back in action later in the afternoon alongside freshman partner Tiffany Chen in the doubles bracket. Their opening opponents were the No. 3-seed duo of Katie Kuosman and Caroline Ward (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps). C-M-S dominated early on by winning 10 of the first 11 games to go ahead 6-0, 4-1. UChicago battled back to get within 5-4 in the second set, but the Athenas finished the match at 6-4.
Tang reached the NCAAs for the second-straight year in singles and doubles. She wrapped up her season with a 23-11 record in singles and a 16-15 record in doubles. Chen ended her debut collegiate campaign with a doubles mark of 16-15.