CHICAGO – The University of Chicago tennis teams hosted NAIA opponent Cardinal Stritch University on Saturday evening and emerged with a pair of wins by scores of 8-1 and 7-2.
The No. 3-ranked Maroon men (6-0) and the No. 10-ranked UChicago women (5-0) both kept their perfect records intact.
UChicago's women had several close matches at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. But the home side came through each time, 9-7 and 8-6, respectively. Cardinal Stritch snagged a pair of singles bouts at No. 3 and No. 5. The Maroons held sway from there. The other four singles wins from Marjorie Antohi, Catherine Xu, Nicole Semenov and Lainey Axell limited the visitors to five games or fewer in the straight-sets triumphs.
The Maroon men similarly swept through doubles with margins of 8-5, 8-7 and 8-5. With the lead well in hand, UChicago captured five of the six singles contests. Two of the matches went to three sets with each school splitting. Jeremy Yuan, Charlie Pei, Alejandro Rodriguez and Joshua Xu each came away with two-set victories.
"Going against a scholarship program is a great challenge and a different experience for our players, and I've very happy with the way they handled themselves during some emotional moments in the match," said Head Coach Jay Tee. "We really did a great job of blocking out the noise and focusing on competing to the best of our abilities."
MEN: UChicago 8, Cardinal Stritch 1
1. Agustin Gascia (CS) def. Erik Kerrigan (UC) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
2. Jeremy Yuan (UC) def. Nicola Wehrle (CS) 6-4, 6-3
3. Charlie Pei (UC) def. Niccolo Rossi (CS) 6-3, 6-1
4. Alejandro Rodriguez (UC) def. Danilo Pejovic (CS) 6-2, 7-5
5. Alex Guzhva (UC) def. Sahej Maker (CS) 6-3, 5-7, 10-6
6. Joshua Xu (UC) def. Luis Sanchez (CS) 6-3, 6-1
1. Tyler Raclin/Jeremy Yuan (UC) def. Nicola Wehrle/Niccolo Rossi (CS) 8-5
2. Erik Kerrigan/Ninan Kumar (UC) def. Danilo Pejovic/Jose Chamba (CS) 8-7
3. Charlie Pei/Joshua Xu (UC) def. Agustin Gascia/Javier Apellaniz (CS) 8-5
WOMEN: UChicago 7, Cardinal Stritch 2
1. Marjorie Antohi (UC) def. Assya Trimari (CS) 6-2, 6-1
2. Catherine Xu (UC) def. Lisa Keller (CS) 6-3, 6-2
3. Klara Smolikova (CS) def. Eugenia Lee (UC) 6-3, 2-6, 11-9
4. Nicole Semenov (UC) def. Antonia Elze (CS) 6-1, 6-0
5. Kimberley Tait (CS) def. Annika Pandey (UC) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
6. Lainey Axell (UC) def. Chelsea Kelly (CS) 6-2, 6-1
1. Eugenia Lee/Catherine Xu (UC) def. Assya Trimari/Lisa Keller (CS) 8-6
2. Annika Pandey/Nicole Semenov (UC) def. Antonia Elze/Klara Smolikova (CS) 8-4
3. Marjorie Antohi/Lainey Axell (UC) def. Gruber/Kimberley Tait (CS) 9-7
- MEN: Friday, Feb. 22 @ 4:30 PM (ET) – UChicago at Case Western Reserve University (ITA Indoor Championships)
- WOMEN: Friday-Sunday, Mar. 1-3 – UChicago at ITA Indoor Championships (Nashville, Tenn.)