April 26, 2014

No. 9 Women's Tennis Falls to No. 8 Carnegie Mellon in UAA Championship Semifinal

Altamonte Springs, Fla., April 26, 2014 – The No. 9-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's tennis team grabbed a 2-1 lead after doubles, but No. 8 Carnegie Mellon University battled to a 6-3 win over the Bears in the semifinal of the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship Saturday afternoon.

Carnegie Mellon won the first point of the match with a victory at No. 2 doubles, but Washington U. rallied with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles to take a 2-1 lead. The Tartans won in straight sets at third, fourth and fifth singles to make the score 4-2, but sophomore Jamie Silverberg made it 4-3 with her 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles. Carnegie Mellon sealed the win by rallying for victories at No. 6 and No. 2 singles.

Washington U. dropped to 16-5 on the season with the loss, while Carnegie Mellon improved to 17-3. The Bears face No. 12 University of Chicago in the third-place match at the UAA Championship at 9 a.m. (ET) Sunday. Washington U. earned an 8-1 win at Chicago April 13.

Match-by-Match Results:
Doubles:

1. Rebecca Ho/Corinne Rauck (WASHUW) def. Vanessa Pavia/Bryn Raschke (CMUW) 8-6
2. Angela Pratt/Nicholle Torres (CMUW) def. Aly Coran/Jamie Silverberg (WASHUW) 8-5
3. Betsy Edershile/Hanna Newstadt (WASHUW) def. Brooke Tsu/Katie Cecil (CMUW) 8-4

Singles:

1. Jamie Silverberg (WASHUW) def. Angela Pratt (CMUW) 6-2, 6-3
2. Vanessa Pavia (CMUW) def. Rebecca Ho (WASHUW) 1-6, 7-5, 6-3
3. Katie Cecil (CMUW) def. Aly Coran (WASHUW) 6-0, 6-1
4. Nicholle Torres (CMUW) def. Theresa Petraskova (WASHUW) 6-2, 6-1
5. Brooke Tsu (CMUW) def. Betsy Edershile (WASHUW) 6-2, 6-2
6. Elizabeth Martin (CMUW) def. Corinne Rauck (WASHUW) 7-5, 6-4

Notes:
• Carnegie Mellon also earned a 6-3 win over the Bears Feb. 28.
• It marked the third year in a row Washington U. and Carnegie Mellon have played at the UAA Championship. The Tartans also defeated the Bears 6-3 in last year's semifinal round.
• It was just the second loss this season for Washington U. when leading after doubles (15-2).
• The Bears are 8-4 against ranked opponents this season.
• Silverberg's win at No. 1 singles was her 70th career victory.
• Senior Betsy Edershile and junior Hanna Newstadt have won nine straight doubles matches.