SUMTER, S.C. – The University of Chicago tennis teams posted three wins at day one of the 2014 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships on Thursday.
The National Small College Championships feature singles and doubles champions who won their respective ITA Regional titles in September. The Maroons are represented by Nicolas Chua (Fr.) in men's singles, Deepak Sabada (Sr.) and David Liu (Fr.) in men's doubles, and Megan Tang (Sr.) andAriana Iranpour (Fr.) in women's doubles.
Chua kicked off action against No. 1-seed Alex Ruderman of Emory University. The freshman took the first set 7-6 and was in command 5-2 in the second set. Ruderman stormed back to tie at 5-5, but Chua held on and finished off the match 7-5. He will next play Steven Chen (Wesleyan University) in a semifinal match on Friday morning.
Sabada and Liu fell behind 5-3 in both of their sets versus Christopher Ellis and Pierre Planche of Bates College. However, the UChicago duo rallied each time and earned the win 7-6 (5), 7-5. Their semifinal opponents will be Jordan Mayer and Aaron Skinner (Trinity University Texas) on Friday afternoon.
In women's doubles, Tang and Iranpour came in as the No. 3-seed. Their first action of the day came against Liza Southwick and Marie Lutz from Trinity University Texas. The UChicago tandem lost the first set 6-1 and faced two match points in the second set. But Tang and Iranpour hung tough and won the second set 7-6 to set up a third-set super tiebreak. The Maroons dominated the super tiebreak 10-2 to win the match.
Tang and Iranpour then ran into the No. 2-seed, Patricia Kirkland and Sonja Meighan from Washington & Lee University. UChicago lost 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinal. They will next play in the third-place match on Friday afternoon versus Emma Chow and Tess Trinka (Bowdoin College).
- Friday-Saturday, October 10-11 – UChicago at USTA/ITA National Small College Championships (Sumter, S.C.)