ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The University of Chicago women's tennis team played a pair of matches on Saturday, absorbing a 6-3 loss to Washington University-St. Louis before notching a 6-3 win over University of Texas-Tyler.
The No. 15-ranked Maroons ran their record to 9-9 on the season. The No. 11-ranked Bears improved to 14-4, and the No. 38-ranked Patriots fell to 13-6.
The morning match marked the third time that UChicago and WashU have met this season, with each side winning once. The Bears held sway in doubles to jump ahead 3-0 heading into singles play. The two sides then split the remaining six matches. The Maroons grabbed victories at spots two through four with senior Megan Tang, freshman Jasmine Lee and sophomore Tiffany Chen, respectively. The No. 1 and No. 6 matches both went three sets and WashU prevailed in both cases to clinch the win.
"Today was yet another battle with WashU that came down to the end," said Head Coach Jay Tee. "We fought so hard in singles but that deficit from doubles was just too much to overcome. We are a good doubles team but sometimes we don't believe it and trust ourselves against some of the better teams. We are doing the right things and playing hard but in matches likes this, it comes down to a few points and WashU played them a little better today."
Texas-Tyler was next on the docket, and the Maroons got rolling with three wins in doubles. The two sides divided up the singles victories with three each. UChicago won at No. 1 with freshman Ariana Iranpour, No. 3 with Chen and No. 6 with senior Maggie Schumann. Those three players also earned victories as part of their doubles tandems.
"For the second weekend in-a-row, we've responded very well after losing a tough match in the morning," Tee said. "I'm proud of the way the women were able to refocus and reenergize after a four-hour match earlier in the day. We were able to get some players rested and get some others a little extra experience, which will be crucial heading into the last two weeks. We are looking forward to one more match tomorrow before we return home for Senior Day next Saturday against Wheaton."
Washington-St. Louis 6, UChicago 3
1. Rebecca Ho (WU) def. Ariana Iranpour (UC) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. Megan Tang (UC) def. Jamie Silverberg (WU) 6-4, 6-0
3. Jasmine Lee (UC) def. Aly Coran (WU) 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
4. Tiffany Chen (UC) def. Grace Deering (WU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Hanna Newstadt (WASHUW) def. Sruthi Ramaswami (UC) 7-5, 6-3
6. Kaylan Griffith (WASHUW) def. Stephanie Lee (UC) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
1. Rebecca Ho/Jamie Silverberg (WU) def. Ariana Iranpour/Megan Tang (UC) 8-6
2. Grace Deering/Hanna Newstadt (WU) def. Tiffany Chen/Courtney Warren (UC) 8-4
3. Aly Coran/Kaylan Griffith (WU) def. Sruthi Ramaswami/Maggie Schumann (UC) 8-5
UChicago 6, Texas-Tyler 3
1. Ariana Iranpour (UC) def. Amy Friesenhahn (TT) 6-2, 6-2
2. Tori Musngi (TT) def. Jasmine Lee (UC) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
3. Tiffany Chen (UC) def. Jennifer Payne (TT) 6-2, 6-0
4. Sarah Moses (TT) def. Stephanie Lee (UC) 2-6, 7-6 (8-6), 10-8
5. Nicole Musngi (TT) def. Courtney Warren (UC) 5-7, ret.
6. Maggie Schumann (UC) def. Janae Warren (TT) 6-1, 6-4
1. Ariana Iranpour/Megan Tang (UC) def. Amy Friesenhahn/Tori Musngi (TT) 8-3
2. Tiffany Chen/Courtney Warren (UC) def. Jennifer Payne/Sarah Moses (TT) 8-1
3. Sruthi Ramaswami/Maggie Schumann (UC) def. Nicole Musngi/Emily Hoover (TT) 8-4
- Sunday, Apr. 12 – UChicago vs. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (at St. Louis, Mo.), 9 AM