UChicago will send three players to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Oracle Cup this weekend, hosted by Berry College. The event will feature the eight regional champions in both singles and doubles facing off in a compass draw bracket, which guarantees three matches for every participant.
Freshman Jeremy Yuan won the ITA Central Region singles title and comes in as the No. 8 seed in his draw. His first opponent is No. 1-seed Mohanad Al Houni (Gustavus Adolphus College). Yuan will also team up with sophomore Tyler Raclin as the No. 4 seeds in the doubles draw, following up their ITA Central Region doubles title. They will take on the No. 5 seeds from University of Mary Washington. Raclin previously took fifth place at the 2016 ITA Oracle Cup alongside partner Max Hawkins.
Freshman Claire Handa will represent UChicago in the women's singles bracket. She previously won the ITA Central Region singles championship and comes in as the No. 4 seed. Her opening match comes against No. 5-seed Rachel Summers (Mary Washington).
- DATE/TIME: Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 12-15 – UChicago at ITA Oracle Cup (at Rome, Ga.)
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The No. 1-ranked Maroons (12-0, 2-0 UAA) put their perfect start to the season on the line with a pair of University Athletic Association (UAA) contests at Stagg Field this weekend. They begin against No. 10-ranked Carnegie Mellon University (8-1-2, 1-0-1 UAA) on Friday and finish with Case Western Reserve University (5-7, 0-2 UAA) on Sunday.
UChicago is one of four teams in the UAA who have allowed five goals or fewer this season. The offense leads the conference with 4.0 goals per game and junior midfielder Jenna McKinney's 22 points rank second. Senior midfielder Mia Calamari's 10 assists are tied for seventh in all of NCAA Division III. Her 50 assists are the most in program history by 21 over the runner-up.
No. 4-ranked UChicago (11-1, 1-1 UAA) looks to bounce back from their first loss of the season with a pair of home conference games versus No. 20-ranked Carnegie Mellon University (8-2-1, 1-1 UAA) on Friday and Case Western Reserve University (5-5-2, 1-1 UAA) on Sunday.
The Maroons lead the UAA in scoring with 3.1 goals per game and possess the top two point producers in the conference with junior forwards Max Lopez (29 points) and Matthew Koh (17 points). Koh and sophomore forward Dayo Adeosun are tied for the UAA lead in assists with seven each.
The No. 13-ranked Maroons (17-3 record) will serve as hosts of the UAA Round Robin #2 on Saturday and Sunday. A total of 16 conference matches will be played inside the confines of the Ratner Athletics Center.
UChicago begins Saturday against New York University (4-16) and No. 10-ranked Carnegie Mellon (18-1). The home side then concludes Sunday with Case Western Reserve (13-7) and No. 20-ranked Washington University-St. Louis (14-6).
The Maroons are riding an 11-match win streak and started UAA play with a 3-0 record. Eight of the wins in that streak have come in straight sets. Junior hitters Audrey Scrafford and Sarah Muisenga are ranked second and third in the conference in kills at 3.60 and 3.20 kills per set, respectively. Freshman setter Emma Griffith leads the UAA in assists (10.24) by more than three per set.
UChicago begins the second half of its competitive schedule on Saturday at Principia College's Cowbell Classic. The women's 6K begins at 11:00 AM and the men's 8K commences at Noon.
Principia will serve as the host for the NCAA Division III Championships on Nov. 18, which allows the Maroons a preview of the national meet course. This is also the last race before the UAA Championship meet on Oct. 28. At last week's Lucian Rosa Invite, sophomore Lucy Kenig-Ziesler was the top finisher with a 13th-place showing (23:36) while the men's top placer was junior John Judge in 32nd place (27:56).
- DATE/TIME: Saturday, Oct. 14 @ 11:00 AM / Noon – UChicago at Principia Cowbell Classic
The Maroons (3-2 record, 1-0 MWC) continue Midwest Conference North Division play on the road at St. Norbert College (3-2 record, 1-0 MWC) on Saturday. The two teams meet for the first time in 30 years.
The Maroons currently rank third in NCAA Division III in turnovers forced with 19, which includes 10 interceptions and nine fumbles. The Maroons are fifth in the nation with 9.6 tackles for loss per game. Defensive end Peter Casey is leading the charge in that category with 2.3 per game – which is fourth in Division III. His 11.5 tackles for loss are already a career high.