Carnegie Mellon advances past No. 10 Washington (Mo.) to UAA title game
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- No. 13 Carnegie Mellon will be playing for the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship after defeating No. 10 Washington (Mo.) 6-3 on Friday in the semifinal round of the UAA Championship Tournament. The Tartans improved to 12-6 on the year while the Bears fell to 14-6.
After falling behind 1-0 in doubles play, the No. 1 pair of junior Katie Cecil and sophomore Angela Pratt won 8-4 against Kate Klein and Corinne Rauck to tie the match at one. Sophomore Bryn Raschke and freshman Brooke Tsu rebounded from an 0-3 hole to win their second match of the tournament and give the Tartans a 2-1 lead with an 8-4 victory against Theresa Petraskova and Hanna Newstadt at No. 2 doubles.
Following a tough loss by Tsu at No. 4 singles, Cecil gave the Tartans back the lead at 3-2 with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles.
Freshman Elizabeth Martin was the next to finish singles play when she won 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 at No. 3 singles against Kate Klein for her second win of the tournament.
With one point needed for the team victory, Pratt found the way with a three-set comeback win at No. 2 singles. Pratt overcame a 6-0 deficit after the first set to win 6-4 and 7-5 against Jamie Silverberg for the fifth and deciding match point.
The final point for the Tartans was won by Raschke at No. 6 singles as she took down Corinne Rauck in three sets 5-7, 6-1, 6-3.
The Tartans will now face No. 3 Emory for the UAA title on Saturday.