May 25, 2010

Courtesy of University of Chicago Athletics

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- The University of Chicago women's tennis team earned its second straight national semifinal appearance as the Maroons defeated Pomona-Pitzer Colleges 5-1 in the quarterfinal round of the 2010 NCAA Division III Championship Tuesday afternoon at the University of Mary Washington.

The #3 seed, Chicago led 2-1 at the completion of doubles. At No. 3, Chicago sophomores Aswini Krishnan (Markham, Ontario/ Markham) and Carmen Vaca Guzman (Wyoming, Mich./ Grandville) defeated Zoe Fisher and Jessica Hsu 8-4 in the day's first completed match. Krishnan and Vaca Guzman won their ninth consecutive match and their 15th in 16 matches on the year.

Pomona-Pitzer's Jamie Solomon and Kara Wang then toppled junior Chrissy Hu (Palo Alto, Calif./ Palo Alto) and sophomore Kendra Higgins (Vero Beach, Fla./ Vero Beach) 8-6 at No. 1. The loss for Higgins and Hu ended the defending NCAA Division III doubles champions' 14-match winning streak.

At No. 2 doubles, sophomore Jennifer Kung (Sunnyvale, Calif./ Homestead) (pictured, left) and freshman Linden Li (Great Falls, Va./ Langley) (pictured, right) gave Chicago (23-3) a 2-1 edge in the match with a 9-8 win over Nicole Holsted and Emily Kawahara. Kung and Li won the tiebreaker 7-3.

In singles play, Hu cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 decision over Hsu at No. 5, before Vaca Guzman downed Wang 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3. Li then clinched the match with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Holsted at No. 4. Li extended her winning streak to 11 matches and raised her season mark to 18-3.

Chicago, winner of 13 consecutive matches, will face second-seeded Williams College (21-3) in semifinal action Wednesday at 2 p.m. (ET). The two-time defending national champion Ephs defeated #8 Gustavus Adolphus College 5-0 in quarterfinal action Tuesday afternoon. Chicago and Williams met once during the regular season, a 5-4 Ephs' victory on Feb. 26.

The Maroons' victory marked the 99th career win (99-54) for seventh-year Head Coach Marty Perry.

Seventh-seeded Pomona-Pitzer, which lost for the first time in 13 matches, ended its season with a 16-4 overall record.

On the other side of the bracket Tuesday morning, top-seeded Amherst College (20-2) defeated Carnegie Mellon University 5-0, while #4 Emory University (21-5) got past #5 Denison University 5-2.