KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The University of Chicago tennis teams kicked off the NCAA Division III Individual Championships with four wins on Friday.
Rainy conditions forced the action inside for most of the day. Six Maroons were in action to start the singles (32 players) and doubles (16 tandems) brackets.
In women's singles, junior Marjorie Antohi began her tournament run versus No. 5-seed Jacqueline Bukzin of Amherst College. Bukzin took the first set 6-3, and Antohi answered in the second set 6-3. The third set went to a tiebreaker. Antohi saved a match point down 6-5 in the tiebreak and reeled off three-straight points to get the win 8-6.
With the previous victory assuring her All-American status, the UChicago junior had one more Friday bout on tap against Rachel Summers (University of Mary Washington) in the round of 16. Antohi made quick work of her opponent by scores of 6-3, 6-1.
Junior Erik Kerrigan and sophomore Jeremy Yuan represented the Maroons in the men's singles bracket. Kerrigan clinched All-American honors with a first-round triumph over JT Wynne (Skidmore College) by a 7-5, 6-1 margin. His next opponent was No. 2-seed Grant Urken (Bowdoin College), who is the defending NCAA singles champion. Urken came away the victor 6-3, 7-5. Kerrigan concluded his singles season with a 12-15 overall mark.
Yuan lost his opening-round matchup to Chase Lipscomb (University of Redlands) 6-2, 6-2. His sophomore campaign featured a singles record of 20-10.
In men's doubles, Kerrigan teamed up with fellow junior Ninan Kumar to take on the No. 2 seeds from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Nikolai Parodi/Julian Gordy). The two sides matched up previously on Tuesday during the NCAA team semifinals, with Kerrigan and Kumar emerging with a tight 8-7 decision. This time around, the UChicago duo ran through the first set 6-1 and then clinched a competitive second set 7-5. The Maroon juniors became All-Americans while stretching their win streak to 14-straight matches.
The women's team of sophomore Catherine Xu and first-year Eugenia Lee made their NCAA doubles debut versus Middlebury College (Katherine Hughes/Skylar Schossberger). The Panthers pulled out the win 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. Xu and Lee finished the season with a 13-9 record.
- Saturday, April 25 @ 10:30 AM (ET) – UChicago at NCAA Singles & Doubles Championships (at Kalamazoo, Mich.)