Altamonte Springs, Fla., April 24, 2015 – Junior Aly Coran became the 23rd player in school history to reach 100 career victories, but the No. 11 Washington University in St. Louis women's tennis team came up short in its upset bid of No. 7 Carnegie Mellon University as the Tartans rallied for a 5-4 victory in the UAA Semifinal Friday afternoon.
Coran and sophomore Kaylan Griffith trailed 7-6 at No. 3 doubles before winning the final three games to improve to 11-0 as a doubles team this season. It also marked the 100th career victory for Coran, who became the 23rd individual in WashU women's tennis history to join the 100-win club.
Sophomore Rebecca Ho and junior Jamie Silverberg trailed 3-0 at No. 1 doubles before reeling off six straight games and battling to an 8-6 win to give the Bears a 2-1 lead after doubles. Carnegie Mellon evened the match with a win at No. 3 singles, but Silverberg quickly put WashU ahead 3-2 with a straight-set win at No. 2 singles. Senior Hanna Newstadt trailed 5-2 in the opening set of her No. 5 singles match before rallying to win 7-5. She then rallied from down 4-3 in set two to earn a 6-4 win and put the Bears ahead 4-2 in the match.
The Tartans again pulled even with wins at sixth and fourth singles. After dropping her first set at No. 1 singles 6-4, Ho won the second 6-4 to force a third set. She fell behind 4-0 in the decisive set, and held off two match-point opportunities for Carnegie Mellon to pull to within 5-3, before falling 6-3 to Vanessa Pavia, the second-ranked singles player in the Atlantic South Region.
1. Rebecca Ho/Jamie Silverberg (WASHU) vs. Bryn Raschke/Cori Sidell (CMU) 8-6
2. Vanessa Pavia/Angela Pratt (CMU) def. Grace Deering/Hanna Newstadt (WASHU) 8-3
3. Aly Coran/Kaylan Griffith (WASHU) def. Nicholle Torres/Brooke Tsu (CMU) 9-7
1. Vanessa Pavia (CMU) def. Rebecca Ho (WASHU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
2. Jamie Silverberg (WASHU) def. Angela Pratt (CMU) 6-3, 6-2
3. Nicholle Torres (CMU) def. Aly Coran (WASHU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Brooke Tsu (CMU) def. Grace Deering (WASHU) 7-5, 7-6 (7-2)
5. Hanna Newstadt (WASHU) def. Bryn Raschke (CMU) 7-5, 6-4
6. Cori Sidell (CMU) def. Kaylan Griffith (WASHU) 6-4, 6-4
• WashU and Carnegie Mellon have played at the UAA Championship each of the last five seasons. The Tartans are now 3-2 in those matches.
• It was the first time this season the Bears have lost when leading after doubles (15-1).
• Carnegie Mellon also earned a 5-4 win over WashU at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships Feb. 28.
• Silverberg improved to 112-47 in her career, moving into a tie for 13th with Tara Salamone (1991-95) on WashU's all-time wins list.
• Newstadt is now five wins shy of becoming the third player this season to join WashU's 100-win club.
Up Next: WashU (17-5) faces No. 15 University of Chicago in the third-place match at the UAA Championship at 9 a.m. (ET) Saturday. It will be the fourth meeting this season between the two teams, with WashU winning each of the last two.