(ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla.) - The Carnegie Mellon University women's tennis team, ranked 11th nationally, finished third at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship after defeating the Bears of Washington University in St. Louis, 6-3, in the third-place match on Saturday, April 22. The Tartans move to 17-7 for the season, while the Bears, ranked 10th in the nation, are 12-10.
Carnegie Mellon took a 2-1 lead following doubles play with the freshmen tandem of Vinaya Rao (Vernon Hills, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) and Courtney Ollis (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern) earning the Tartans' first point with an 8-4 victory at second doubles. The Tartans' top doubles team of senior Nicholle Torres (Weston, Fla./Great Neck South) and junior Cori Sidell (Redwood Shores, Calif./Carlmont) won a thrilling 9-8 match after taking the tiebreaker 7-2.
Rao tabbed the first point for the Tartans in singles play with a straight set victory. The freshman won 6-2, 6-4 at fourth singles. Moments following Rao's win, sophomore Jamie Vizelman (Highland Heights, Ohio/Mayfield) gave Carnegie Mellon a 4-1 edge with a 6-0, 6-3 win at third singles. Torres then sealed the win with 6-3, 6-2 victory at first singles.
Junior Katie Lai (Hagatna, Guam/St. Andrew's Episcopal School) recorded the Tartans' sixth point with a three-set win at fifth singles. The junior won by the scores of 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
The Tartans will now wait to see if they are selected to compete for the NCAA Championship, as bids for the national tournament will be released on May 8. The tournament will begin on campus sites May 11 or 12.