May 14, 2010

Courtesy of Chicago Sports Information

CHICAGO -- The University of Chicago women's tennis team took its first step toward a return to the national quarterfinals as it defeated Grove City College 5-0 in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Division III Championship Friday at the Stagg Field Courts.

The victory sends the Maroons (21-3) into the regional championship match against Washington (Mo.) University (14-5) Saturday at noon. The winner of that contest will advance to the eight-team Division III Finals at the University of Mary Washington May 25-27.

Sophomores Aswini Krishnan (Markham, Ontario/ Markham) and Carmen Vaca Guzman (Wyoming, Mich./ Grandville) recorded the Maroons' first win with an 8-0 decision at No. 3 doubles. Sophomore Jennifer Kung (Sunnyvale, Calif./ Homestead) and freshman Linden Li (Great Falls, Va./ Langley) quickly followed with an 8-2 win at No. 2.

At No. 1 doubles, junior Chrissy Hu (Palo Alto, Calif./ Palo Alto) (pictured) and sophomore Kendra Higgins (Vero Beach, Fla./ Vero Beach) outlasted Grove City's top tandem of Megan Bennett and Stacy Moon 8-5. Hu and Higgins, the defending NCAA doubles champions, won their 13th consecutive match and improved to 24-5 on the year.

Higgins cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles to give the Maroons a 4-0 lead in the match. The victory extended Higgins's winning streak to 22 and raised her season mark to 31-1.

Hu then clinched the match win with a 6-0, 6-1 decision at No. 5 singles. Each of Chicago's other four singles players was within two games of winning their respective matches at the time of Hu's win.

Grove City, which defeated Webster University 5-1 in Friday's first-round match, finished its season with a 12-3 mark.

Chicago 5, Grove City 0

Singles
1. Kendra Higgins (UCW) def. Natalie Walten (GRO) 6-0, 6-0
2. Jennifer Kung (UCW) vs. Megan Bennett (GRO) 6-1, 5-2, unfinished
3. Carmen Vaca Guzman (UCW) vs. Stacy Moon (GRO) 6-1, 4-1, unfinished
4. Linden Li (UCW) vs. Kimberly Peterson (GRO) 6-0, 4-1, unfinished
5. Chrissy Hu (UCW) def. Lisa Baldwin (GRO) 6-0, 6-1
6. Tiffany Nguyen (UCW) vs. Christina Bedi (GRO) 6-0, 5-1, unfinished

Doubles
1. Kendra Higgins/Chrissy Hu (UCW) def. Megan Bennett/Stacy Moon (GRO) 8-5
2. Jennifer Kung/Linden Li (UCW) def. Lisa Baldwin/Kimberly Peterson (GRO) 8-2
3. Aswini Krishnan/Carmen Vaca Guzman (UCW) def. Reena Barnett/Natalie Walten (GRO) 8-0

Match Notes
Grove City 12-3
Chicago 21-3

Order of finish
Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,5)