ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – The third-seed University of Chicago women's tennis team played well above their draw with a convincing 5-0 sweep over second-seed Brandeis in Friday's University Athletic Association Championship semifinals.
The win means the Maroons (14-4) will reach the UAA title match for the third-straight season, where UChicago will take on top-seeded and nationally-ranked No. 1 Emory (16-3), a 5-1 winner over Carnegie Mellon. That match is set for 8:30 a.m. ET in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
It was fitting then, that Park won the first singles match, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 3. She was followed by fellow first-year Annika Pandey, who won in straight 6-1, 6-1, sets to defeat the Judges' Sophia He at No. 6 singles to clinch the victory.
Notable were the fact that three other Maroons had leads in their respective singles matches against the Judges (12-6): Catherine Xu at No. 2 (6-3, 3-2), Eugenia Lee at No. 4 (6-1, 4-3), and Semenov at No. 5 (6-1, 5-1).
UCHICAGO 5, BRANDEIS 0
1. Diana Dehterevich (BRW) vs. Marjorie Antohi (UCW) 6-3, 3-3, unfinished
2. Olivia Leavitt (BRW) vs. Catherine Xu (UCW) 3-6, 2-3, unfinished
3. Lauren Park (UCW) def. Keren Khromchenko (BRW) 6-0, 6-2
4. Lauren Bertsch (BRW) vs. Eugenia Lee (UCW) 1-6, 3-4, unfinished
5. Ana Hatfield (BRW) vs. Nicole Semenov (UCW) 1-6, 1-5, unfinished
6. Annika Pandey (UCW) def. Sophia He (BRW) 6-1, 6-1
1. Xu/Lee (UCW) def. Olivia Leavitt/Lauren Bertsch (BRW) 8-4
2. Antohi/Daryn Ellison (UCW) def. Keren Khromchenko/Diana Dehterevich (BRW) 8-4
3. Park/Semenov (UCW) def. Sophia He/Ana Hatfield (BRW) 8-7 (7-3)
- Saturday, April 27: (3) UChicago vs. (1) Emory (UAA Championship), 8:30 A.M. ET