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Maroon tennis reels in a pair of victories over Denison, 9-0 and 8-1

Charlie Pei and Ariana Iranpour
Charlie Pei and Ariana Iranpour

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The University of Chicago men's and women's tennis teams put together a pair of superior performances to defeat Denison University 9-0 and 8-1 on Saturday.

The No. 5-ranked Maroon men moved to 6-0 and the No. 10-ranked UChicago women improved to 4-0. The No. 33-ranked Big Red men fell to 0-3 and the No. 22-ranked women dropped to 0-2.

After doubles play, UChicago's men drew ahead 3-0 and the women were up 2-1. Denison's women took the No. 1 doubles spot 9-7, but the other five doubles matches were no closer than 8-5. Senior Tiffany Chen and freshman Alyssa Rudin won their No. 2 doubles match 8-0.

The other 12 singles contests were taken by the Maroons in straight sets. Sophomore Charlie Pei only lost one game at No. 2 singles (6-1, 6-0) while junior Luke Tsai only dropped two games at No. 3 (6-2, 6-0).

The day's multiple winners in singles and doubles included Pei, freshman Erik Kerrigan, Chen, Rudin, junior Ariana Iranpour and freshman Estefania Navarro.

"Denison is a historically tough and well-respected program, so we're always happy to pull out a couple of wins against them," said Head Coach Jay Tee. "I thought we did a good job today of being tougher physically and mentally and made them work hard for the points they won. Tomorrow will be a good test of that mental toughness as we transition from indoors to outdoors for the first time since October."

UChicago 9, Denison 0
Singles

1. Nicolas Chua (UC) def. Kevin Brown (DEN) 7-6, 6-3
2. Charlie Pei (UC) def. Jamie McDonald (DEN) 6-1, 6-0
3. Luke Tsai (UC) def. Owen Smith (DEN) 6-2, 6-0
4. Peter Leung (UC) def. Daniel Siddiquie (DEN) 6-1, 6-3
5. Jaird Meyer (UC) def. Colin Bahin (DEN) 6-2, 6-1
6. Erik Kerrigan (UC) def. Blake Burstein (DEN) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles
1. Max Hawkins/Tyler Raclin (UC) def. Kevin Brown/Jamie McDonald (DEN) 8-5
2. Ninan Kumar/Erik Kerrigan (UC) def. Owen Smith/Blake Burstein (DEN) 8-3
3. Charlie Pei/Bobby Bethke (UC) def. Daniel Siddiquie/Colin Bahin (DEN) 8-2

UChicago 8, Denison 1
Singles

1. Ariana Iranpour (UC) def. Lauren Hawley (DEN) 6-4, 6-3
2. Marjorie Antohi (UC) def. Emma Alsup (DEN) 7-5, 6-4
3. Rachel Kim (UC) def. Megan Hickey (DEN) 6-1, 6-4
4. Tiffany Chen (UC) def. Rochell Issa (DEN) 6-3, 6-4
5. Estefania Navarro (UC) def. Ashley Hammons (DEN) 6-1, 6-2
6. Alyssa Rudin (UC) def. Charlotte Purnode (DEN) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles
1. Lauren Hawley/Emma Alsup (DEN) def. Marjorie Antohi/Rachel Kim (UC) 9-7
2. Tiffany Chen/Alyssa Rudin (UC) def. Rochell Issa/Megan Hickey (DEN) 8-0
3. Ariana Iranpour/Estefania Navarro (UC) def. Olivia Underwood/Ashley Hammons (DEN) 8-4

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