Women’s Tennis NCAA Championship Preview (May 20-22)

Women’s Tennis NCAA Championship Preview (May 20-22)

CHICAGO The University of Chicago women's tennis team will compete in the NCAA Division III Championship quarterfinals on Monday, May 20 in Kalamazoo, Mich. The semifinal matches will take place on May 21, with the finals on May 22. The NCAA individual singles and doubles brackets will then begin on Friday, May 24 and continue over the weekend.

 

Match Schedule

Monday, May 20

  • University of Chicago vs. Emory University, 8:30 AM (EDT)
  • Wesleyan University vs. MIT, 8:30 AM (EDT)
  • Middlebury College vs. Amherst College, 11:00 AM (EDT)
  • Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. Carnegie Mellon University, 11:00 AM (EDT)

Tuesday, May 21

  • NCAA semifinals, 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM (EDT)

Wednesday, May 22

  • NCAA championship match, 10:00 AM (EDT)

 

#12 UChicago Maroons

  • Season Record: 16-5 overall / 2-1 University Athletic Association (UAA)
  • NCAA Appearances: 12
  • Last NCAA Appearance: Reached NCAA Quarterfinals (2018)
  • Notes: This is the 11th-consecutive postseason appearance and ninth trip to the quarterfinals for the Maroons, who advanced after besting No. 27 Carleton College … UChicago nearly upended heavily favored Emory in the UAA finals, coming within a few points of victory before a 5-4 defeat. It was the third-straight season the team claimed conference runner-up honors … Emory knocked the Maroons out of last year's tournament in the quarterfinal round, where the teams will meet again … Junior Marjorie Antohi and first-year Lauren Park were recognized on the All-UAA First Team for singles, while the duo of first-year Eugenia Lee and sophomore Catherine Xu were named to the First Team for doubles … First-year Nicole Semenov was named to the Second Team for singles and the Park-Semenov combo did the same in doubles … Antohi qualified for the NCAA singles bracket … Xu and Lee will compete in NCAA doubles … UChicago's 10-5 record against ranked teams includes a win over MIT and a pair of losses against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

 

#1 Emory Eagles

  • Season Record: 19-3 overall / 3-0 University Athletic Association (UAA)
  • NCAA Appearances: 35
  • Last NCAA Appearance: NCAA runner-up (2018)
  • Notes: The Eagles have qualified for the NCAA postseason in 35 consecutive seasons, reaching the last six championship matches and winning in 2014 and 2016 … Emory's only loss against a Division III opponent this season came against Middlebury … Sophomore Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico was named the UAA Player of the Year for the second straight season after compiling a 27-5 record, including a 15-1 mark at the top spot in dual matches … Gonzalez-Rico was joined on the All-UAA First Team by first-year Jessica Fatemi and senior Daniela Lopez … Fatemi and Lopez also earned all-association honors as a doubles pairing, as did the duo of Gonzalez-Rico and sophomore Defne Olcay … Lopez earned a place in the NCAA singles tournament, while Gonzalez-Rico qualified on the singles side as well as in doubles with her partner Olcay … In last year's finals, seeking its eighth national title, Emory fell 5-4 against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

 

#4 Wesleyan Cardinals

  • Season Record: 17-2 overall / 8-1 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)
  • NCAA Appearances: 5
  • Last NCAA Appearance: Reached NCAA Quarterfinals (2018)
  • Notes: Wesleyan qualified automatically for the NCAA tournament after winning its first-ever NESCAC championship with a 5-2 win over Middlebury … This is the fourth consecutive NCAA appearance for the Cardinals, who are making their second straight quarterfinal showing after advancing this far for the first time last season … That postseason run ended with a 5-2 loss to Middlebury … Wesleyan beat #8 Brandeis 5-1 in the Third Round to advance this year … First-years Venia Yeung and Kristina Yu as well as senior Victoria Yu were named to the All-NESCAC First Team … The Yu sisters also combined to earn First Team honors as a doubles pairing … Those three Cardinals qualified for the NCAA singles bracket … The Yus also earned a berth on the doubles side ... Wesleyan is 10-2 against ranked opponents this year, with those losses coming 7-2 against Emory and 5-4 in the first of a season split with Middlebury.

 

#19 MIT Engineers

  • Season Record: 18-3 overall / 8-0 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)
  • NCAA Appearances: 9
  • Last NCAA Appearance: Reached NCAA Quarterfinals (2018)
  • Notes: This is MIT's seventh consecutive NCAA postseason appearance … The Engineers won their tenth NEWMAC championship and their fourth in a row … They reached the quarterfinals for the second straight year after a 5-3 upset of seventh-ranked Bowdoin in the regional final … Last year MIT was a dealt a quarterfinal loss by eventual champions Claremont-Mudd-Scripps … First-year Viktoriya Tabunshchyk was named NEWMAC Rookie of the Year after going unbeaten in conference play at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles … MIT claimed five of six singles places on the All-NEWMAC First Team and two of the three doubles spots … The Engineers' head coach Carol Matsuzaki was recognized as NEWMAC Coach of the Year … MIT went 6-3 against ranked opposition this season, with an 8-1 loss to UChicago in its only contest against another quarterfinalist.

 

#3 Middlebury Panthers

  • Season Record: 18-2 overall / 8-0 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)
  • NCAA Appearances: 16
  • Last NCAA Appearance: Reached NCAA Semifinals (2018)
  • Notes: The Panthers have qualified for the NCAA tournament in 16 of the last 17 seasons … This is their fifth-straight trip to the NCAA quarterfinals … Middlebury's 2018 campaign ended with a 5-4 semifinal defeat against Emory … NESCAC Player of the Year Heather Boehm, a junior, posted a 15-1 record across the top two spots… Boehm and sophomore Ann Martin Skelly teamed up for All-NESCAC First Team doubles honors… Boehm, senior Christina Puccinelli, and junior Katie Hughes qualified for the NCAA singles tournament, while Hughes and fellow junior Skylar Schossberger earned a doubles berth alongside the Boehm-Skelly pairing… The Panthers boast a 6-3 victory over Emory and two wins over Amherst, but split their matches with Wesleyan and lost 8-1 to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps early in the year.

 

#6 Amherst Mammoths

  • Season Record: 14-5 overall / 5-3 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)
  • NCAA Appearances: 25
  • Last NCAA Appearance: Reached NCAA Quarterfinals (2018)
  • Notes: Amherst is making its 24th consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament… The Mammoths have reached the semifinals nine times and the finals six times, with one national championship in 1999 … NESCAC Rookie of the Year Jackie Bukzin earned First Team All-NESCAC honors in singles as well as Second Team doubles spot with senior Kelsey Chen … Junior Camille Smukler posted an 11-2 record at No. 2 and was named to the NESCAC Second Team … Bukzin and Smukler qualified for the NCAA singles bracket, while Bukzin and Chen will compete together in doubles … Last season Amherst suffered a quarterfinal loss to Williams … Quarterfinal opponents Middlebury have already defeated the Mammoths twice this year.

 

#2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas

  • Season Record: 25-1 overall / 7-0 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC)
  • NCAA Appearances: 22
  • Last NCAA Appearance: National Champions (2018)
  • Notes: Last year CMS won its first national title with a 5-4 victory over Emory … The Athenas have reached the quarterfinals for the ninth season in a row …  They won their 14th consecutive SCIAC championship this year … CMS bested #5 Pomona-Pitzer in the conference title match and again in the NCAA Third Round … Five CMS players garnered All-SCIAC accolades, including four recognized on the First Team … Sophomore Rebecca Berger, along with juniors Catherine Allen and Nicole Tan, earned berths in the NCAA singles tournament … Allen and sophomore Caroline Cox will compete in the doubles bracket … The heart of the singles lineup has been strong for the Athenas, who have gone 23-1 at No. 5, 23-2 at No. 4, and a perfect 24-0 at No. 3 … Their only defeat this season came by a 5-3 margin against Emory in the finals of the ITA Indoor National Championships.

 

#11 Carnegie Mellon Tartans

  • Season Record: 19-7 overall / 2-1 University Athletic Association (UAA)
  • NCAA Appearances: 14
  • Last NCAA Appearance: Reached NCAA Third Round (2018)
  • Notes: Of this year's quarterfinalists, Carnegie Mellon is the only squad that did not make it this far last season, when the Tartans were eliminated in the Third Round by Wesleyan … Carnegie Mellon earned an at-large bid after taking third place at the UAA tournament, besting #8 Brandeis after a semifinal loss to top-ranked Emory … This is the Tartans' 14th NCAA appearance in the last 15 seasons and the sixth time they have reached the quarterfinals … They advanced after a regional final victory over #13 Kenyon … With a 28-8 overall record, freshman Danna Taylor was named the UAA Rookie of the Year and earned First Team All-UAA honors … Senior Jamie Vizelman joined her on the First Team for singles, while Taylor and sophomore Melissa Strome claimed a First Team spot in doubles … Strome and Taylor will compete in the NCAA doubles tournament, with Taylor also entering the singles bracket … Carnegie Mellon has a 9-5 record against ranked opponents, but lost each of its four matches against fellow quarterfinalists Amherst, Wesleyan, and Emory (twice).