(CHICAGO, Ill.) – The Carnegie Mellon University women's tennis team, ranked eighth nationally, played No. 12 University of Chicago in the third round of the 2014 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championship on Saturday, May 10 in Chicago, Illinois. The Tartans defeated the Maroons 5-2 and improve to 19-4 while Chicago finishes its season with a dual record of 12-11.
For the second straight day, Carnegie Mellon took a 2-1 lead following doubles play. The Tartans No. 1 and No. 2 tandems both fought back from a 6-5 deficit to win 8-6. Senior Katie Cecil (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View) and junior Bryn Raschke (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines) defeated Megan Tang and Tiffany Chen at No. 1 while the duo of junior Angela Pratt (Saratoga, Calif./St. Francis) and freshman Nicholle Torres (Weston, Fla./Great Neck South) won at No. 2 over Sruthi Ramashami and Helen Sdvizhkov.
Raschke and Cecil gave the Tartans another edge at 4-2, as both won in straight sets at No. 2 and No. 6 singles after being tied 2-2. Raschke won 7-6, 6-1 in the sixth spot just before Cecil won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2. The Tartans confirmed a trip to the Elite Eight when sophomore Brooke Tsu (Hillsborough, Calif./Burlingame) beat Sdvizhkov 6-1, 7-5.
Carnegie Mellon will begin play in the national quarterfinals on May 19 which will be held in Claremont, California. This is the Tartans first appearance on this stage since 2012 and fourth overall.