#12 Tartans Open ITA National Team Indoor Championship with 5-4 Setback to #11 Washington U.

#12 Tartans Open ITA National Team Indoor Championship with 5-4 Setback to #11 Washington U.

(MURFREESBORO, Tenn.) - The 12th-ranked Carnegie Mellon University women's tennis team dropped a hard fought 5-4 battle to the 11th-ranked Bears of Washington University in the opening round of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship on Friday, March 3. This years championships is being held in Murfreesboro, Tenn. and is hosted by Sewanee. Carnegie Mellon is now 7-3 overall while the Bears move to 3-2.

Carnegie Mellon fell behind 3-0 following doubles after the Bears top tandem pulled out a 9-8 win over Carnegie Mellon due of senior Nicholle Torres (Weston, Fla./Great Neck South) and junior Cori Sidell (Redwood Shores, Calif./Carlmont).

Washington took victories at number five and one singles to seal the win before Carnegie Mellon closed out the match with four wins. Sidell won at No. 2 singles by the scores of 6-2, 6-0 over Grace Deering followed by a win from junior Katie Lai (Hagatna, Guam/St. Andrew's Episcopal School) at No. 6. Lai defeated Sanjna Tripathy 6-3, 6-4.

Carnegie Mellon's last two points of the match came at No. 3 and 4 singles, as sophomore Jamie Vizelman (Highland Heights, Ohio/Mayfield) won 7-5, 6-4 over Kaylan Griffith in the three spot while freshman Vinaya Rao (Vernon Hills, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) won 7-6, 6-7, 1-0 (15-13) over Brigitte Hodge at No. 4.

The Tartans will play in the consolation semifinal on Saturday, March 4 against the loser of top-ranked Emory University and No. 15 University Mary Washington at 8:30 a.m.