May 14, 2010

*Courtesy Washington-St. Louis Athletics

CHICAGO - The No. 21 Washington University in St. Louis women's tennis team defeated Calvin College, 5-2, in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Division III Tournament on Friday, May 14, at the Stagg Field Courts on the campus of the University of Chicago in Chicago, Ill.

Washington U. received a bye into the second round of the NCAA Tournament, while Calvin advanced to Friday's match with a 5-0 win over Baldwin-Wallace College on Thursday. The Bears will face regional host and third ranked University of Chicago in the regional final on Saturday, May 15, in Chicago, Ill.

It is the first time head coach Kelly Stahlhuth has led Washington University to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bears are making their fourth appearance in the postseason under the fifth year head coach, and the Red and Green advanced to the NCAA second round in each of the past two years.

Against Calvin on Friday morning, Washington U. grabbed a 2-1 lead through doubles action, picking up big wins in the second and third positions. The No. 2 doubles team of juniors Jaclyn Bild and Elise Sambol did not drop a game in an 8-0 victory over Rachel Strikwerda and Jill VanVeen.

In third doubles, senior Allison Dender and sophomore Natalie Tingir defeated Rachel DeGroot and Elisabeth Geenan, 8-1, supplying the Bears with a one-point lead heading into singles.

Tingir went on to defeat Geenan in straight sets at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-1, increasing the WUSTL advantage to 3-1. It was 4-1 Washington U. thanks to a 6-1, 6-1, win at second singles, where Bild defeated Calvin's Kaitlin Spoelhof.

Calvin grabbed a point at No. 1 singles to cut the Bears' lead to 4-2, but Sambol clinched the 5-2 win for her team by winning a tight match in the No. 6 position, beating DeGroot 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (8-6).

Bear Notebook: Washington University met its third round opponent, Chicago, earlier this season, with the Maroons picking up an 8-1 victory back on Feb. 14 - Dender and Tingir are now 18-5 as a team in doubles this season, with an 8-2 record in the No. 3 position - freshman Kate Klein did not play in singles against Calvin - Tingir improved to 18-4 in singles and 4-0 while playing in the third slot.