KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The University of Chicago women's tennis players Megan Tang and Ariana Iranpour won the doubles title at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Region Championships on Sunday. Additionally, Iranpour won both of her singles matches to advance to Monday's final.
Tang and Iranpour entered the weekend as the No. 2 doubles seed. The duo lived up to the seeding and dispatched Washington University in St. Louis in the semifinals 8-2. In the final versus Kenyon College, they were dominant once again and came away with a 6-1, 6-2 victory.
In singles play, Tang saw her quest for an ITA Regional three-peat end in the quarterfinals 6-4, 7-5. Sophomore Tiffany Chen was also defeated in the quarterfinals. Freshmen Jasmine Lee and Iranpour both topped their quarterfinal opponents from WashU in straight sets and then met each other in the semifinal. Iranpour prevailed in straight sets to earn a berth in Monday morning's final. She will take on WashU's Rebecca Ho at 10 AM (ET).
"Another day, another great effort from the team," Head Coach Jay Tee said. "Ariana and Jasmine were once again impressive in the quarterfinals and unfortunately had to play each other in the semis. Tiffany and Megan ran into two very tough opponents who earned the wins despite our absolute best effort. In doubles, Ariana and Megan didn't always play practical doubles but they did a great job playing to their strengths and taking away the opponents' net game, which let them dictate play. It's been a few years since UChicago has won the regional doubles title and we're glad to have the trophy coming home with us. We understand the tournament isn't over yet and Ariana is excited to play for the second title of her very young collegiate career."
Ariana Iranpour (UC) def. Jamie Silverberg (Washington-St. Louis) 6-4, 6-2
Ariana Iranpour (UC) def. Jasmine Lee (UC) 6-0, 6-1
Jasmine Lee (UC) def. Grace Deering (Washington-St. Louis) 6-0, 6-3
Nithya Kanagasegar (Case) def. Megan Tang (UC) 6-4, 7-5
Rebecca Ho (Washington-St. Louis) def. Tiffany Chen (UC) 6-1, 6-3
Tang/Iranpour (UC) def. Ho/Silverberg (Washington-St. Louis) 8-2
Tang/Iranpour (UC) def. Diffley/Aboubakare (Kenyon) 6-1, 6-2
- Monday, Sept. 22 – UChicago at ITA Central Region Championships (Kalamazoo, Mich.)