May 16, 2010

Courtesy of Carnegie Mellon Athletics

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - The Carnegie Mellon University women's tennis team defeated #16 The College of New Jersey 5-4 Sunday afternoon to win the NCAA regional and advance to the NCAA quarterfinals for the second straight year. The #10 Tartans are now 15-7 on the year.

Sophomore Courtney Chin (Cupertino, Calif./Monta Vista) and freshman Alex Tapak (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) won at No. 2 doubles 8-1 to start with a 1-0 lead for the Tartans. Junior Ashley Herrick (Amherst, Ohio/Elyria Catholic) and sophomore Laura Chen (Port Washington, N.Y./Paul D. Schreiber) pulled out their No. 1 doubles match 9-8 to give the Tartans a 2-1 advantage after doubles play.

Chin was the first to finish singles play with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles. Sophomore Cze-Ja Tam (Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) pulled the team within one point of victory with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 4 singles and gave the Tartans a 4-2 lead.

After TCNJ tied the score at 4-4 with a win a No. 3 singles, Chen came from behind to win her No. 1 match 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 for the Tartan victory.

The Tartans will now face #1 Amherst College in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, May 25 back in Fredericksburg, Virginia.