No. 13 WashU Drops Fifth-Place Match at ITA Indoors

Photo by Stormy Nesbit/ITA
Photo by Stormy Nesbit/ITA

Nashville, Tenn., March 3, 2019 – The No. 13-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's tennis team suffered a 5-2 loss to No. 11 Carnegie Mellon University Sunday in the fifth-place match at the 2019 ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Nashville, Tenn. 

WashU led 2-1 after doubles play following wins at No. 1 (Ally Persky/Lisa Chionis) and No. 3 (Divya Sharma/Laurel Wanger), but CMU picked up four straight-set victories in singles to clinch the victory. 

Persky and Chionis' win at No. 1 doubles was their biggest of the season, upsetting NCAA Division III's No. 2-ranked team of Melissa Strome and Dannay Taylor 8-7 (7-5). The duo from Carnegie Mellon lost in the ITA Cup Division III Doubles National Championship in October.

Match-by-Match Results
Doubles:
1. Ally Persky/Lisa Chionis (WASHUW) def. #2 Melissa Strome/Danna Taylor (CMU) 8-7 (7-5)
2. Vinaya Rao/Courtney Ollis (CMU) def. Sanjna Tripathy/Stephanie Ren (WASHUW) 8-4
3. Divya Sharma/Laurel Wanger (WASHUW) def. Jamie Vizelman/Janabelle Wu (CMU) 8-6 

Singles:
1.  #6 Danna Taylor (CMU) def. Ally Persky (WASHUW) 6-3, 6-4
2. #22 Jamie Vizelman (CMU) def. Ashley Lessen (WASHUW) 6-4, 6-1
3. Divya Sharma (WASHUW) vs. Vinaya Rao (CMU) 3-6, 6-3, 1-3, unfinished
4. Brigitte Hodge (WASHUW) vs. Melissa Strome (CMU) 2-6, 6-3, 4-0, unfinished
5. Alex lordache (CMU) def. Laurel Wanger (WASHUW) 6-4, 6-2
6. Victoria Chang (CMU) def. Grace Hederick (WASHUW) 6-1, 7-5 

Notes:
• WashU is 2-3 against ranked teams this year
• Chionis and Persky improved to 5-1 at No. 1, including 2-1 against ranked teams
• Sharma and Wanger won their first match as partners at No. 3 doubles 

Up Next:
WashU opens its Spring Break trip on Sunday, March 10 against Swarthmore College in Orlando. 

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