May 10, 2009

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The #6 Carnegie Mellon University women's tennis team defeated #10 Johns Hopkins University 5-2 to win one of the eight regional finals of the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championship on Sunday, May 10. The Tartans advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament for the first time in school history.

The Tartans led 2-1 after doubles play as sophomore Ashley Herrick (Amherst, Ohio/Elyria Catholic) and freshman Laura Chen (Port Washington, N.Y./Paul D. Schreiber) led by two early and finished first with an 8-5 score at No. 1 doubles. Sophomore Kelly Hart (Santa Barbara, Calif./San Joaquin) and freshman Courtney Chin (Cupertino, Calif./Monta Vista) finished about two minutes later with an identical 8-5 score at No. 2 doubles.

Freshman Cze-Ja Tam (Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) finished singles play first with a 6-1, 6-1 win in the number five spot over Abby Dwyer to give the Tartans a 3-1 advantage.

After Hopkins took the point at four singles, freshman Amanda Wu (Great Neck, N.Y./Great Neck South) brought the Tartans within one point of the victory with a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles.

Chen then made the match final with a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles to send Carnegie Mellon to its first NCAA regional championship. Chin was winning her No. 3 match 6-2, 4-4 and junior Alisa Liebowitz (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) trailed 6-3, 6-5 before play was halted.

The Tartans will face the University of Chicago in the quarterfinals of the national championship on Tuesday, May 19.