No. 8 Women's Tennis Falls to No. 7 Carnegie Mellon 5-4

No. 8 Women's Tennis Falls to No. 7 Carnegie Mellon 5-4

Greencastle, Ind., Feb. 28, 2015 – The No. 8-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's tennis team rallied from a 2-1 deficit after doubles, but came up short in a 5-4 loss to No. 7 Carnegie Mellon University in the 2015 ITA Division III National Team Indoor Championship semifinal Saturday at DePauw University.

The Bears dropped to 3-1 with the loss, while Carnegie Mellon improved to 7-1 overall. WashU will take on No. 12 University of Chicago in the third-place match beginning at 10 a.m. (ET) Sunday, March 1. Chicago lost to No. 4 and top-seeded Johns Hopkins University 5-4 in Saturday's other semifinal.

Freshman Grace Deering and senior Hanna Newstadt gave the Bears their first point of the match at No. 2 doubles, before Carnegie Mellon won at No. 3 doubles to tie the match at 1-1. At No. 1 doubles, sophomore Rebecca Ho and junior Jamie Silverberg trailed 7-4 before winning four straight games to take an 8-7 lead. The Tartans forced a tiebreaker, and pulled out an 8-6 win in the tiebreaker to take a 2-1 lead in the match after doubles.

After a win at No. 3 singles made it 3-1 in favor of CMU, Ho and Silverberg each earned three-set wins to tie the match at 3-3. Deering picked up a three-set win at No. 4 singles just as Carnegie Mellon added a win at No. 5 singles to make it 4-4. After dropping the first set, sophomore Kaylan Griffith won a second-set tiebreaker to force a third set at No. 6 singles, but Carnegie Mellon's Stacy Chang was able to win set three 6-0 to give the Tartans the win.

Match-by-Match Results:
Doubles:
1. Bryn Raschke/Cori Sidell (CMU) def. Rebecca Ho/Jamie Silverberg (WASHU) 9-8 (8-6)
2. Grace Deering/Hanna Newstadt (WASHU) def. Angela Pratt/Nicholle Torres (CMU) 8-3
3. Stacy Chang/Vanessa Pavia (CMU) def. Mindy Borovsky/Aly Coran (WASHU) 8-3

Singles:
1. Rebecca Ho (WASHU) def. Vanessa Pavia (CMU) 6-3, 1-6, 7-5
2. Jamie Silverberg (WASHU) def. Angela Pratt (CMU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
3. Nicholle Torres (CMU) def. Aly Coran (WASHUW) 6-4, 6-4
4. Grace Deering (WASHU) def. Cori Sidell (CMU) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
5. Brooke Tsu (CMU) def. Hanna Newstadt (WASHU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Stacy Chang (CMU) def. Kaylan Griffith (WASHU) 6-4, 6-7 (1-7), 6-0

Notes:
• The Bears are 2-1 against ranked opponents this season.
• Deering improved to 8-1 overall in singles matches, including 4-0 in dual matches.
• Deering and Newstadt are 6-1 as a doubles team this season, including 4-0 in duals.