(LEXINGTON, Va.) - The 10th-ranked Carnegie Mellon University women's tennis team battled 16th-ranked Washington and Lee University on Saturday, March 25 at Washington and Lee. The Generals pulled out a 5-4 home victory to drop the Tartans to 11-6 on the year.
The Tartans held a 2-1 advantage after doubles play when the freshman pair of Vinaya Rao (Vernon Hills, Ill/Adlai E. Stevenson) and Courtney Ollis (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern) fended off match point for the Generals at second doubles to win 9-7 just ahead of junior Katie Lai (Hagatna, Guam/St. Andrew's Episcopal School) and sophomore Jamie Vizelman (Highland Heights, Ohio/Mayfield) winning a back-and-forth match at third doubles, 8-6.
Rao was the first to finish singles play as she extended the lead for the Tartans to 3-1 with a 6-1, 6-2 win at fourth singles.
The Generals tied the match at 3-all with wins at first and fifth singles while both junior Cori Sidell (Redwood Shores, Calif./Carlmont) and Vizelman forced a third set in their respective matches.
While Sidell fell at second singles, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2, Lai won at sixth singles, 7-6, 6-0 and the score stood at 4-4 with Vizelman left to finish.
Vizelman ended up falling the third set of her third singles match, 6-0, 6-7 (8-10), 6-1, giving the Generals the victory.
The Tartans will next face 27th-ranked Lewis and Clark College and 31st-ranked Kenyon College on Saturday, April 1 at Kenyon.