CHICAGO – The University of Chicago's nationally ranked tennis teams started the 2019 campaign on a high note with the men and women downing visiting Lewis University by scores of 6-3 and 7-2, respectively, in dual action.
The dual win for the men marked Head Coach Jay Tee's -- now in his seventh season at the helm -- 100th win. The women stand six more dual wins from the century mark.
All five of the No. 3-ranked UChicago men's singles winners did it in straight sets, as Jeremy Yuan, Charlie Pei, Alejandro Rodriguez, Alex Guzhva, and Joshua Xu all picked up victories. The combo teams of Ninan Kumar and Erik Kerrigan came out victorious in a battle at No. 2 doubles, winning the tiebreaker in an 8-7 match, and Pei and Xu made quick work of their opponents at No. 3, winning 8-2.
For the No. 10 women, UChicago also saw five winners at singles, led by Marjorie Antohi, Lauren Park, Catherine Xu, and Nicole Semenov's straight-set victories. Notable was first-year Eugenia Lee's fight at No. 4, where she lost in a marathon three-set match, 5-7, 6-4, 5-10. She and Park, however, did win at No. 2 doubles (8-4), and the Maroons won two matches Saturday by default.
"This was a great way for us to start our season playing against a solid Division II team in Lewis," Tee said. "We had a chance to shake off some rust and gain some very valuable experience, while also gaining confidence and grabbing a couple wins before we begin the Division III portion of our schedule.
"We will take a look at our performance from today and get back to work on the practice court next week before we welcome Hope and Kalamazoo to Chicago next weekend."
UCHICAGO 6, LEWIS 3
Singles – 1. Alan Braschinsky (L) def. Erik Kerrigan, 6-4, 7-6 (5); 2. Oskar Lusti (L) def. Jeremy Yuan 6-2, 6-4; 3. Charlie Pei (UC) def. David Ambrozic, 7-5, 6-2; 4. Alejandro Rodriguez (UC) def. Pedja Trifunovic 7-5, 6-2; 5. Alex Guzhva (UC) def. Chandler Stimpert, 6-1, 6-0; 6. Joshua Xu (UC) def. Ben Kasbeer, 6-2, 6-1.
UCHICAGO 7, LEWIS 2
Singles – 1. Marjorie Antohi (UC) def. Oana Trus, 6-3, 7-6 (3); 2. Lauren Park (UC) def. Tereza Pilzova, 6-0, 6-3; 3. Catherine Xu (UC) def. Joie Reisch, 7-6 (5), 6-0; 4. Aleksandra Sredojevic (L) def. Eugenia Lee, 7-5, 4-6, 10-5; 5. Nicole Semenov (UC) def. Sophie Davis, 6-1, 6-0; 6. Annika Pandey (UC) won by default.
Doubles – 1. Trus/Sredojevic (L) def. Antohi/Park, 8-5; 2. Xu/Lee (UC) def. Reisch/Pilzova, 8-4; 3. Pandey/Semenov (UC) won by default.
- Saturday, Feb. 2: Hope at UChicago 1PM CT (at XS Tennis Village)