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UChicago Men’s and Women’s Tennis Down Denison 8-1

Joshua Xu and Nicole Semenov
Joshua Xu and Nicole Semenov

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Chicago tennis teams scored a pair of matching 8-1 victories in neutral site matches versus Denison University on Saturday.

The No. 3-ranked Maroon men improved to 5-0, while dropping No. 27-ranked Denison to 0-2. The No. 10-ranked UChicago women moved to 4-0 and the No. 30-ranked Big Red fell to 0-1.

The women went ahead 2-1 after doubles play. The combinations of Annika Pandey/Nicole Semenov and Marjorie Antohi/Lainey Axell both triumphed by 8-3 margins at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively. Once singles got underway, Antohi prevailed in a close three-set battle at No. 1 by scores of 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-3. The Maroons would proceed to win in straight sets at the remaining five singles positions with Catherine Xu, Eugenia Lee, Semenov, Pandey and Axell.

On the men's half, it was a similar story with a 2-1 doubles advantage for UChicago. Tyler Raclin/Jeremy Yuan won 8-4 at No. 1 while Charlie Pei/Joshua Xu took the No. 3 bout, 8-3. Denison pushed a pair of singles matches to three sets at No. 2 and No. 4. But Yuan and Alejandro Rodriguez both dug in and came through with clutch wins in the third-set super tiebreaks. The other contests went handily to the Maroons with wins by Erik Kerrigan, Pei, Alex Guzhva and Xu.

MEN: UChicago 8, Denison 1

1. Erik Kerrigan (UC) def. Vlad Rotnov (DEN) 6-0, 6-3
2. Jeremy Yuan (UC) def. Mitchell Thai (DEN) 6-4, 4-6, 10-8
3. Charlie Pei (UC) def. Tim Cianciola (DEN) 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
4. Alejandro Rodriguez (UC) def. Kevin Brown (DEN) 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 10-7
5. Alex Guzhva (UC) def. Patrick McGuigan (DEN) 6-2, 6-3
6. Joshua Xu (UC) def. Jacob Dennen (DEN) 6-3, 6-1
1. Tyler Raclin/Jeremy Yuan (UC) def. Kevin Brown/Blake Burstein (DEN) 8-4
2. Tim Cianciola/Mitchell Thai (DEN) def. Erik Kerrigan/Ninan Kumar (UC) 8-7 (8-6)
3. Charlie Pei/Joshua Xu (UC) def. Brian Weisberg/Patrick McGuigan (DENM) 8-3

WOMEN: UChicago 8, Denison 1

1. Marjorie Antohi (UC) def. Lauren Hawley (DEN) 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-3
2. Catherine Xu (UC) def. Emma Alsup (DEN) 6-2, 6-4
3. Eugenia Lee (UC) def. Alex Cash (DEN) 6-1, 6-3
4. Nicole Semenov (UC) def. Hannah Cianciola (DEN) 6-4, 6-3
5. Annika Pandey (UC) def. Megan Hickey (DEN) 6-1, 6-1
6. Lainey Axell (UC) def. Ashley Hammons (DEN) 6-1, 6-4
1. Lauren Hawley/Emma Alsup (DEN) def. Eugenia Lee/Catherine Xu (UC) 8-5
2. Annika Pandey/Nicole Semenov (UC) def. Hannah Cianciola/Alex Cash (DEN) 8-3
3. Marjorie Antohi/Lainey Axell (UC) def. Megan Hickey/Madeline Hart (DEN) 8-3


  • Saturday, Feb. 16 @ 4:00 PM – Cardinal Stritch University at UChicago