CHICAGO, Ill. – The nine-match win streak for Carleton College women’s tennis came to an end with a 5-0 setback against University of Chicago in the second round of the NCAA Championships. The Knights (19-6) went 18-4 this season against Division III opponents, with all four losses to teams that survived the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The Maroons (20-4) are ranked No. 2 in the nation and swept the doubles competitions. Kendra Higgins and Carmen Vaca Guzman, the region’s top tandem, remain unbeaten against Division III opponents following an 8-3 victory over Erin Gudul (Sr./North Oaks, Minn./Mounds View) and Kathryn Schmidt (Sr./Hopkins, Minn./Hopkins), the No. 6 duo in the central region.
Things didn’t go much better for the Knights—tied for No. 30 in the latest national rankings—at second doubles, where Bridget Doyle (Jr./Mendota Heights, Minn./Visitation) and Anne Lombardi (So./Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) lost 8-3 to Chicago’s pairing of Jennifer Kung and Linden Li, who are ranked No. 13 in the region.
The Maroons notched an 8-2 victory at third doubles as Kelsey McGillis and Megan Tang won for the 15th time in 16 tries, defeating Katherine Greenberg (So./St. Louis, Mo./Clayton) and Molly Hemes (So./Green Bay, Wis./Preble).
When these programs met during spring break, Doyle and Lombardi sent their singles matches to super tiebreakers. Today’s tussles were not nearly as close. Tang and No. 15 Vaca Guzman closed out straight set victories over Hemes and Lombardi, respectively to complete the 5-0 victory.
After dropping the first set 6-3, Schmidt was leading the second set against the top-ranked Higgins 3-0 when play was halted. These two could meet again as both have been selected to the 32-player field at the individual championship portion of the NCAA Championships to be held May 24-26 in Cary, N.C.