JANESVILLE, Wis. – For the second time this season, the University of Chicago tennis teams both defeated Washington University – St. Louis on Saturday afternoon. The Maroon men won 7-2 while the women pulled out a 5-4 victory.
The No. 10-ranked UChicago women (14-3 record) took on the No. 12-ranked Bears for the second time in a week. On April 7, the Maroons beat WashU 6-3 to earn the Midwest Invitational title.
Saturday turned into a battle as the team score was tied 4-4 with only No. 4 singles remaining. In the third-set super tiebreak, sophomore Estefania Navarro topped her opponent 10-8 to clinch the 5-4 win.
Earlier in the match, Navarro teamed with sophomore Alyssa Rudin to win 8-3 at No. 3 doubles. The No. 2 doubles pairing of first-years Catherine Xu and Daryn Ellison also emerged with an 8-4 victory. Singles play saw a trio of three-set triumphs from sophomore Marjorie Antohi at No. 2, Rudin at No. 5 and Navarro. All told, five of the six singles matches went to third sets.
On the men's side, No. 3-ranked UChicago (12-3 record) jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead by sweeping doubles from No. 10-ranked WashU. Senior Bobby Bethke and junior Charlie Pei ran roughshod at No. 3 doubles with a spotless 8-0 shutout. Sophomore Erik Kerrigan and senior Nicolas Chua held on for an 8-7 win at No. 1, while first-year Jeremy Yuan and sophomore Tyler Raclin took No. 2 by an 8-4 margin.
The match was clinched at 5-0 when Chua and Kerrigan won three-set battles at No. 2 and No. 1 singles, respectively. The remaining victories came courtesy of Yuan at No. 4 and Pei at No. 6.
The previous time the two teams met was at the ITA Indoor Nationals on February 25, with UChicago edging out WashU 5-4.
"Both teams played tough, gritty and inspired tennis today - easily one of the best days of competition I've seen during my time at UChicago," said Head Coach Jay Tee. "We were great in the big moments and competed as a team at every single spot for every single point, making us very tough to beat. Both teams are continuing to improve on a daily basis and things are starting to come together at the right time of year. That being said, we can't get too happy with ourselves quite yet as we still have lots of tennis left to play this year."
MEN: UChicago 7, WashU 2
1. Erik Kerrigan (UC) def. Johnny Wu (WU) 6-4, 3-6, 10-6
2. Nicolas Chua (UC) def. Bernardo Neves (WU) 3-6, 6-2, 10-7
3. Ben van der Sman (WU) def. Luke Tsai (UC) 7-5, 6-4
4. Jeremy Yuan (UC) def. Jason Haugen (WU) 7-5, 6-1
5. Daniel Li (WU) def. Alejandro Rodriguez (UC) 6-2, 6-7 (8-10), 10-8
6. Charlie Pei (UC) def. J.J. Kroot (WU) 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 10-2
1. Kerrigan/Chua (UC) def. Jason Haugen/Konrad Kozlowski (WU) 8-7
2. Tyler Raclin/Yuan (UC) def. Bernardo Neves/Radha Vishnubhotla (WU) 8-4
3. Bobby Bethke/Pei (UC) def. Johnny Wu/Ben van der Sman (WU) 8-0
WOMEN: UChicago 5, WashU 4
1. Grace Deering (WU) def. Claire Handa (UC) 1-6, 6-2, 10-4
2. Marjorie Antohi (UC) def. Ashley Lessen (WU) 6-1, 5-7, 10-6
3. Ally Persky (WU) def. Catherine Xu (UC) 7-5, 2-6, 10-7
4. Estefania Navarro (UC) def. Brigitte Hodge (WU) 7-5, 4-6, 10-8
5. Alyssa Rudin (UC) def. Sanjna Tripathy (WU) 4-6, 6-1, 10-4
6. Lisa Chionis (WU) def. Daryn Ellison (UC) 6-3, 6-4
1. Grace Deering/Ally Persky (WU) def. Handa/Antohi (UC) 8-2
2. Xu/Ellison (UC) def. Lisa Chionis/Sanjna Tripathy (WU) 8-4
3. Rudin/Navarro (UC) def. Ashley Lessen/Libby Jubas (WU) 8-3
- Women: Sunday, April 15 @ 9:45 AM – UChicago vs. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (at Janesville, Wis.)
- Men: Sunday, April 15 @ 2:00 PM – UChicago vs. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (at Janesville, Wis.)