2009 ITA Division III Team Indoor Championship

Intercollegiate Tennis Association
2009 Division III Team Indoor Championship
Hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College
February 27-March 1

Carnegie Mellon Defeats Emory 6-3 To Win Inaugural ITA Division III National Women's Indoor Championship, Denison Defeats Mary Washington 8-1 For Third Place

ST. PETER, Minn. - The Carnegie Mellon women's tennis team claimed the inaugural Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III Women's Indoor Championship with a 6-3 win over #2 seed Emory University (Ga.) on Sunday afternoon. The Tartans picked up three doubles wins and three singles victories to decide the match. Denison, the top seed, defeated #3 seed Mary Washington 8-1 to earn third place honors. The tournament was played at the Swanson Tennis Center on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College.

In the championship match, Carnegie Mellon raced out to a 3-0 lead after doubles play as Ashley Herrick and Laura Chen defeated Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers
8-5 at the #1 position, Kelly Hart and Courtney Chin and Kirsten Hillock and Zahra Dawson 8-4 at the #2 spot, and Jennifer Chui and Amanda Wu defeated Lorne McManigle and Sara Vrabec 8-4 at the #3 position. The Tartans increased their lead to 4-0 after Courtney Chin defeated Tshema Nash 6-3, 6-1 at #3 singles. However, Emory would win the next two singles points to cut the deficit to 4-2 as Lorne McManigle defeated Laura Chen 6-1, 6-3 at the #1 spot and Kirsten Hillock defetaed Jennifer Chui 6-4, 7-5 at the #4 position. The decisive point came at #2 singles when Amanda Wu defeated Zahra Dawson 6-4, 6-1 to give Carnegie Mellon the title. Both squads split at #5 and #6 singles to make the final score 6-3 in favor of Emory.

The Tartans defeated #4 seed Pomona-Pitzer (7-2), #1 seed Denison (5-4), and #2 seed Emory (6-3) en route to claiming the championship.

Denison garnered third place honors with an 8-1 win over the University of Mary Washington. The Big Red won all three doubles points, and picked up singles wins at #1 from Meghan Damico and #6 Kara Zdanowski to decide the match. The Eagles' lone point came at #5 singles from Amy Sheetz.

The consolation matches were completed late Saturday night as Pomona-Pitzer Colleges defeated DePauw University 7-2 to finish fifth, while Gustavus Adolphus College defeated Coe College 6-3 to finish seventh. Eight teams participated in the tournament.

Carnegie Mellon and Emory Advance To Title Match At Inaugural ITA Division III Indoor Championship

ST. PETER, MINN. - No. 2 seed Emory University (Ga.) posted a convincing 8-1 win over #3 seed Mary Washington on Saturday evening, while #5 Carnegie Mellon upset #1 Denison 5-4 in a marathon match that lasted nearly six hours. Emory and Carnegie Mellon will play for the first ever ITA Division III Indoor Championship on Sunday morning at 9 am (CT). Denison will face Mary Washington in the third place match which also begins at 9 am.

Emory jumped out to a 3-0 lead against Mary Washington by winning all three doubles matches. The closest match was at the #1 position where where Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers slipped past Becky Morse-Karzen and Kate Malpeli 8-6. Mary Washington cut the lead to 3-1 when Katie Schafer defeated Kirsten Hillock at the #4 position 6-1, 6-2, but then the Eagles picked up the two points needed to clinch the match with wins at #1 and #5 singles making the score 5-0. Lindsey Reidenbach defeated Amy Sheetz at #5 by the score of 6-4, 6-1 and then Lorne McManigle defeated Becky Morse-Karzen 0-6, 7-6, 6-1 at #1 to assure Emory the victory.

The Carnegie Mellon and Denison match was a classic battle between two of the top teams in Division III women's tennis. Denison jumped out to a 2-1 after doubles as Kristin Cobb and Marta Drane defeated Laura Chen and Ashley Herrick 8-5 at the #1 position and Meghan Damico and Kendra Murray defeated Kelly Hart and Courtney Chin 8-6. Carnegie Mellon tied the score at 2-2 when Laura Chen defeated Meghan Damico 6-3, 6-1 at #1 singles. Kristin Cobb gave Denison a 3-2 lead when she defeated Amanda Wu 6-4, 6-3 at the #2 position, but Carnegie Mellon charged right back to tie the score at 3-3 when Courtney Chin defeated Marta Drane 6-1, 7-6, 6-0 at #3. The roller coaster ride continued as Denison took a 4-3 lead when Erin Chadwell defeated Jennifer Chui 6-0, 7-5 at #4. Carnegie Mellon tied the match at 4-4 when Kelly Hart defeated Sarah Short 6-3, 7-5 at #5, which left #6 singles to decide the match. Cze-Ja Tam of Carnegie Mellon won the first set 6-4, but Denison's Kara Zdanowski came back to win the second set 6-2, before Tam closed out the match for Carnegie Mellon by winning the third set 6-3.

In the morning consolation matches, Pomona-Pitzer defeated Coe 8-1 and DePauw defeated Gustavus 8-1. Pomona-Pitzer was scheduled to play DePauw for fifth place, while Gustavus was set to face Coe for seventh place in matches that started late Saturday night.

Denison, Carnegie Mellon, Emory, and Mary Washington Advance To Semifinals At ITA Division III National Indoor Championship

ST. PETER, MINN. - Top-seed Denison University (Ohio), No. 2 seed University Ga.), No. 3 seed University of Mary Washington (Va.), and No. 5 Carnegie Mellon University posted quarterfinal wins Friday at the Inaugural Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III National Women's Team Indoor Championships. Gustavus Adolphus is hosting the championship at the Swanson Tennis Center in St. Peter, Minn., where eight of the top teams in Division III tennis are competing to determine the 2009 ITA National Indoor Champion.

Denison University (Ohio) posted a convincing 9-0 first round win over No. 8 Coe (Iowa) as the Big Red dropped only two sets during the match. Denison University will face Carnegie Mellon, the #5 seed, which surprised #4 Pomona-Pitzer by the score of 6-3. In the other semifinal, No. 2 seed Emory will take on No. 3 Mary Washington, as Emory defeated No. 7 DePauw 7-2 and Mary Washington defeated No. 6 seed Gustavus Adolphus 8-1.

Saturday's schedule has the losers of Friday's matches playing in consolation matches beginning at 8:30 a.m., while the winners will play in semifinal matches beginning at 2 p.m. Consolation finals are slated to start at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The third place and championship matches will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning.

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Gustavus Set to Host Inaugural ITA Division III Women's Indoor Championships

ST. PETER, MINN. - Gustavus Adolphus College is set to host the inaugural Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Division III Women's Indoor Championship at the Swanson Tennis Center in St. Peter, Minnesota. Eight of the top 20 teams in Division III tennis will compete to determine the 2009 ITA Division III National Indoor Champion.

The field includes Denison University of Granville, Ohio (#3 in the current ITA National Poll), Emory University of Atlanta, Georgia (#5), the University of Mary Washington of Fredericksburg, Virgina (#6), Pomona-Pitzer Colleges of Claremont, California (#7), Carnegie Mellon University (#8) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, DePauw University of Greencastle, Indiana (#12), Coe College of Cedar Rapids, Iowa (#19), and host Gustavus Adolphus College (#18).

The tournament will begin on Friday morning with #1 Denison facing #8 Coe and #4 Pomona-Pitzer will battle #5 Carnegie Mellon at 11:30 am. In the afternoon, #3 Mary Washington plays #6 Gustavus and #2 Emory takes on #7 DePauw. The afternoon matches are slated to begin at 5:00 pm. Saturday's schedule has the losers of Friday's matches playing in consolation matches beginning at 8:30 am, while the winners will play in semifinal matches beginning at 2:00 pm. Consolation finals are slated to start at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The third place and championship matches will begin at 9:00 am on Sunday morning.

Many of the top players in Division III will be taking part in the tournament including nine 2008 All-America singles players. Some of the top players include Siobhan Finicane and Rebecca Lange of Pomona-Pitzer, Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers of Emory, Kristin Cobb and Meghan Damico of Denison, Rebecca Morse-Karzen of Mary Washington, Janelle Arita of DePauw, and Sierra Krebsbach of Gustavus.

In doubles play, eleven 2008 All-America players from around the country will be present including Jennifer Chui of Carnegie Mellon, Kayla Smith of DePauw, Sierra Krebsbach of Gustavus, Stephanie Kurti and Rebecca Morse-Karzen of Mary Washington, Siobhan Finicane and Olivia Muesse of Pomona-Pitzer, Kristin Cobb and Marta Drane of Denison, and Tshema Nash, Sabra Rogers, and Sara Vrabec of Emory.

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