Women's Tennis Falls to Third-Ranked Chicago, 5-0
Chicago, Ill., May 15, 2010 – The No. 21 Washington University in St. Louis women’s tennis team saw its run in the 2010 NCAA Division III Tournament come to an end, as the Bears suffered a 5-0 loss to third ranked University of Chicago on Saturday, May 15, at the Stagg Courts in Chicago, Ill.
The Bears were making their third-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament under head coach Kelly Stahlhuth, and advanced to the third round with a 5-2 win over Calvin College on Friday. It was the first time Stahlhuth guided her team to the third round of the NCAA tournament after advancing to the second round in 2008 and 2009.
Chicago took all three doubles matches on Saturday but a number of the singles contests were hotly contested, with Chicago earning the two points necessary to clinch the match.
Junior Karina Kocemba took the first set from Chicago’s Jennifer Kung, 6-2, and was on the verge of clinching the win, with a 5-1 lead in the second set, but the match came to its conclusion before she was able to pull out the win.
Freshman Kate Klein defeated Kendra Higgins, the No. 1 ranked player in the Central Region, 6-4, in the first set, before dropping the second, 6-1, and the match was not concluded.
WUSTL senior Allison Dender was also a first-set winner against Chicago; she beat Tiffany Nguyen, 6-4, in the opening set of the No. 6 match, but trailed, 5-1, in the second set.
Washington University concludes the season with a 14-6 overall record, while Chicago improves to 21-3 and advances to the NCAA quarterfinals for the second year in a row.