Carnegie Mellon pulls off tight 5-4 decision against Mary Washington
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -– Freshman Abbey Hamstra won 6-4, 6-4 to lead eighth-ranked Carnegie Mellon to a thrilling 5-4 victory against Mary Washington on Saturday. With the team score tied 4-4, Hamstra pulled out the straight-set victory to propel the Tartans to the third round of the 2013 NCAA Division III championships.
The Tartans improve to 14-7 and will make their sixth consecutive appearance in the regional championship, and eighth in nine years. The Eagles finish the season with a dual-match record of 20-5.
Carnegie Mellon grabbed a 1-0 lead, as sophomore Bryn Raschke and freshman Brooke Tsu won 8-1 at No. 2 doubles. Mary Washington earned the remaining two points in doubles play, winning 8-6 and 8-5 at No. 1 and No. 3, respectively.
Tsu and Elizabeth Martin gave the Tartans a 3-2 edge, as both freshmen won in straight sets at No. 3 and No. 4 singles. Tsu won 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 4 spot prior to Martin winning 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3. The Eagles were fast to respond, taking the next two points with victories at No. 1 and No. 2 singles to reclaim the lead 4-3.
Raschke knotted the score at 4-4 with a straight-set victory at No. 6. The sophomore trailed 2-1 in the first set before winning 11 consecutive games to win 6-2, 6-0.