Dender Wins 100th Match as Bears Finish Fifth at UAA Champs
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Cleveland, Ohio, April 17, 2010 – The No. 14 Washington University in St. Louis women’s tennis team defeated New York University, 6-3, and No. 28 Brandeis University, 6-1, to finish in fifth place at the 2010 University Athletic Association (UAA) championship tournament on Saturday, April 17, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Senior Allison Dender highlighted the Bears’ victory over New York on Saturday morning, as she became just the 17th player in program history to reach 100-career victories. Dender teamed with sophomore Natalie Tingir to defeat Tiffany Thong and Becky Kumar, 8-3, at No. 3 doubles, and she picked up her second with of the day at No. 6 singles, a 6-1, 6-0, victory over Sara Joo.
For her career, Dender now sits at 100-62 overall, for a four-year winning percentage of .617. She is 54-28 all-time in singles matches and 46-34 in doubles. This season, she has a 16-7 mark in singles contests and a career-best 18-5 record in doubles.
In addition to the Dender and Tingir victory against the Violets, juniors Jaclyn Bild and Elise Sambol were 8-2 winners over Elizabeth Stachtiaris and Ariel Sultan at second doubles, giving Washington University a 2-1 lead heading into singles action.
WUSTL posted a 4-2 record in singles to come away with the 6-3 win. Playing at first singles, freshman Kate Klein beat Alexa Wimes, 6-1, 6-4, and Tingir was also a straight-set winner, beating Sultan, 6-1, 6-3, in the No. 4 match. Junior Kalee Cassaday rounded out the singles winners for the Red and Green, as she beat Thong, 6-0, 6-0, in the No. 5 slot.
In the fifth-place match with Brandeis, the same two doubles tandems picked up wins to lift the Bears to a 2-1 lead heading into singles action. Bild and Sambol beat Mackenzie Gallegos and Sarah Richman, 8-4, at second doubles, and Dender and Tingir beat Nina Levine and Ariana Sanai, 8-5, in the No. 3 match.
The Bears all four of the completed singles matches against the Judges. Klein beat Rachel Rosman, 7-5, 6-2, at No. 1 singles, Bild topped Sanai, 6-0, 6-2, in the third position, Tinger was a 6-1, 6-0, winner against Gallegos in the fourth spot, and Dender defeated Richman, 6-1, 6-2, in the sixth position.
Washington U. (13-5) returns to action on Friday, April 23, when it hosts McKendree University at the Tao Tennis Center in St. Louis, Mo., at 3:30 p.m.