Ninth-ranked Carnegie Mellon heads to ITA indoor final for third year in a row
GREENCASTLE, Ind. -- Carnegie Mellon will play for the 2014 ITA National Team Indoor Championship on Sunday after defeating Chicago 7-2 on Saturday in the semifinals. The semifinal win marked the third in a row for the Tartans as they've played for the ITA National Team Indoor Championship the past two years.
The Tartans, ranked ninth in the nation, went up 1-0 after the No. 3 doubles pair of junior Lydia Utkin and freshman Nicholle Torres won 8-4 after jumping out to a 6-1 lead. Junior Bryn Raschke and freshman Vanessa Pavia moved their winning streak to six after an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles. The pair started winning the first game, increased it to 5-1 before giving up a game and then moving on for the win.
At No. 2 doubles, junior Angela Pratt and sophomore Brooke Tsu fell in a tiebreaker 9-8 (8-4). The pair led for most of the match but never by more than one point as Chicago was able to win the final three games for the victory and pull the score to 2-1 in favor of the Tartans.
Pratt was the first to finish singles play as she won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2 singles to give the Tartans a 3-1 advantage. The Maroons, ranked eighth in the nation, closed the gap with a win at No. 3 singles as Tsu fell 6-1, 6-1.
As senior Katie Cecil jumped ahead 3-1 at No. 4 singles, Pavia forced a third set at No. 1 singles by winning her second set 6-3 after falling in the first 6-3. She trailed in the third set 3-2 before winning two consecutive games to go up 4-3 and hold on for the 6-4 win to put the Tartans up 4-1. Cecil then finished off her No. 4 match 6-4, 6-4 to give the Tartans the fifth and match deciding point.
Torres won her first set at No. 5 singles 6-3 and earned the Tartans sixth match point with a 6-2 second-set win and her fifth consecutive singles win. At No. 6 singles, sophomore Elizabeth Martin won her first set 6-2 and then won five consecutive games in the second set to rally from down 5-2 for a 7-5 win.
The Tartans will face No. 7 Johns Hopkins on Sunday in a rematch of last year's championship which the Blue Jays won 5-4.