Women’s Tennis NCAA Championship Preview (May 21-23)

Women’s Tennis NCAA Championship Preview (May 21-23)

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago women's tennis team will take part in the NCAA Division III Championship quarterfinals on Monday, May 21 in Claremont, Calif. The host of championship week is Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The semifinals will occur on May 22, the finals on May 23, and the start of the NCAA singles and doubles brackets on May 24.

 

Match Schedule

Monday, May 21

  • UChicago vs. Emory, 3:00 PM (PT)
  • Wesleyan vs. Middlebury, 3:00 PM (PT)
  • Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. MIT, 6:00 PM (PT)
  • Williams vs. Amherst, 6:00 PM (PT)

Tuesday, May 22

  • NCAA semifinals, 3:00 PM (PT)

Wednesday, May 23

  • NCAA championship match, 3:00 PM (PT)

 

#10 UChicago Maroons

  • Season Record: 19-4 overall / 2-1 University Athletic Association (UAA)
  • NCAA Appearances: 11
  • Last NCAA Appearance: Reached NCAA Quarterfinals (2017)
  • Notes: UChicago makes its eighth all-time quarterfinals appearance with a 5-0 victory over Wisconsin-Whitewater…The shutout victory, which came as a 1-2-3 sweep at doubles and two singles victories in straight sets, was UChicago's 16th postseason shutout in 24 all-time wins …Five Maroons received All-UAA honors this week. Sophomore Marjorie and Anothi and first-year Claire Handa were selected to the First Team in both singles and doubles play, first-year Catherine Xu was Second Team All-UAA at third singles, sophomore Alyssa Rudin earned an honorable mention at fifth singles and at third doubles with sophomore Estefania Navarro … The Maroons have faced Emory in the postseason in 2009 and 2011, and have taken on Williams College five times.

 

#1 Emory University Eagles

  • Season Record: 15-4 overall / 3-0 University Athletic Association (UAA)
  • NCAA Appearances: 34
  • Last NCAA Appearance: NCAA runner-up (2017)
  • Notes: The Eagles have qualified for the NCAA postseason in 34-straight seasons, making it to the last five championship matches and winning in 2014 and 2016 … Emory is 13-0 against Division III opponents this year … Senior Bridget Harding and freshman Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico increased their win streak to 19 matches for a total of 31 doubles victories on the season, which is one victory shy of the school record … Harding, Gonzalez-Rico and Daniela Lopez all were selected for the NCAA singles tournament. Gonzalez-Rico was named the UAA MVP and is currently ranked second in Division III for singles. Harding is making her third appearance in the NCAA individual tournament, after trips to the quarterfinals and semifinals in previous years. She is third on Emory's all-time list with 103 career singles victories.

 

#5 Wesleyan University Cardinals

  • Season Record: 14-3 overall / 7-2 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)
  • NCAA Appearances: 4
  • Last NCAA Appearance: Reached NCAA Third Round (2017)
  • Notes: Wesleyan received its third-consecutive at-large bid for the NCAA tournament. This is the team's first-ever appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals after a 5-1 win over No. 9 Carnegie Mellon University … Senior Eudice Chong was NESCAC's Player of the Year for the third time this year. She is the three-time defending NCAA singles champion and, with junior Victoria Yu, is defending NCAA doubles champion. Chong is 22-0 in Division III competition this year, and boasts a 193-17 career record. She is looking to become the first player in Division III history to win four-straight NCAA singles titles … Victoria Yu also qualified for NCAA tournament with a 12-3 singles record.

 

#4 Middlebury College Panthers

  • Season Record: 16-3 overall / 6-1 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)
  • NCAA Appearances: 15
  • Last NCAA Appearance: Reached NCAA Semifinals (2017)
  • Notes: The Panthers have qualified for the NCAA tournament in 15 of the last 16 seasons. This is their fourth-straight trip to the NCAA quarterfinals. In last year's semifinals, they fell to Williams College 5-4 … Middlebury was an at-large pick after losing to Williams in the NESCAC finals 5-3 … The Panthers placed four women on the All-NESCAC team. Heather Boehm, Katy Hughes and Skylar Schossberger advance to the NCAA singles and doubles tournament. Sophomore Hughes earned First Team all-conference honors in singles play, while Boehm took home Second Team honors. The doubles team of Schossberger and Hughes was a Second Team selection. Boehm currently has a 26-2 season record, leading the team.

 

#3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas

  • Season Record: 26-2 overall / 7-0 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC)
  • NCAA Appearances: 21
  • Last NCAA Appearance: Reached NCAA Semifinals (2017)
  • Notes: CMS made the quarterfinals for the eighth year in-a-row. Last year, they fell 5-1 to Emory in the NCAA semifinals. This year, they were SCIAC champions for the 13th-consecutive year, sweeping Pomona-Pitzer in the championship matchup … En route to the quarterfinals this year, CMS yet again defeated Pomona-Pitzer in the third round, 5-0 … The Athenas have three singles qualifiers for the NCAA tournament, all of whom, in addition to freshman Caroline Cox, also qualified for doubles play … Nicole Tan, Catherine Allen, and Lindsay Brown, the singles qualifiers, all earned First Team honors in the SCIAC. Allen was named Player of the Year after a 13-4 record. She split time on the top two courts with sophomore Nicole Tan, who holds a 14-4 record.

 

#11 MIT Engineers

  • Season Record: 20-2 overall / 8-0 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)
  • NCAA Appearances: 8
  • Last NCAA Appearance: Reached NCAA Second Round (2017)
  • Notes: This is MIT's sixth-consecutive appearance in NCAA play. The Engineers won its third straight and ninth overall NEWMAC conference championship this season. Senior Elysa Kohrs was named the Athlete of the Year, and the doubles team of her and freshman Libby Rickeman garnered First Team honors in the No. 1 position … Kohrs and Rickeman both qualified for the NCAA singles and doubles tournaments. Kohrs is a three-time ITA all-American … MIT reached the quarterfinals after a 5-3 upset over No. 6-ranked Tufts. The victory marks the team's first 20-victory season in program history, and was a rematch of 5-4 loss to the Jumbos earlier in the season … MIT is 9-2 against ranked teams this year, with their only losses coming to Tufts and Amherst.

 

#8 Amherst College Mammoths

  • Season Record: 12-9 overall / 4-4 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)
  • NCAA Appearances: 24
  • Last NCAA Appearance: Reached NCAA Third Round (2017)
  • Notes: This has been Amherst's 23rd consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament. The team has reached the semifinals nine times and the finals six times, with one national championship in 1999 … Amherst fell to Tufts in the NESCAC quarterfinals. They received an at-large bid to participate in the tournament … Amherst's Camille Smukler and doubles team of Avery Wagman and Anya Iventisky made the individual tournament. Sophomore Smukler was a First Team NESCAC selection, holding a 12-5 record on the number one court. Wagman and Iventisky play on the number one doubles court, with nine wins between them … Last year's loss in the regional finals came to Middlebury, another quarterfinals qualifier this year.

 

#2 Williams College Ephs

  • Season Record: 20-0 overall / 7-0 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)
  • NCAA Appearances: 25
  • Last NCAA Appearance: National Champion (2017)
  • Notes: This is Williams' 25th-consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament. They have made the finals 13 times, including the last three seasons. Overall, their 10 national championships and their six-year championship streak between 2008 and 2013 are NCAA records … The Ephs won the NESCAC, a conference which features four teams in the NCAA quarterfinals … In last year's national championship, Williams beat Emory in a 5-4 match. They also met Emory in the NCAA final in 2015 and 2016, taking the win in 2015 but falling to the Eagles in 2016 … Williams has two athletes set to compete in the individual tournament: Juli Raventos (singles and doubles) and Julia Cancio (doubles). As a doubles team, they have a 23-1 record. Raventos is 24-6 this year. Her career record stands at 98-15.