CHICAGO — The season came to an end for the No. 24-ranked Carleton College women’s tennis team following a 5-2 loss to national No. 12 University of Chicago on the Maroons home courts. The tight match sent the final four singles matches to the third set.
The Knights (19-3) dropped the first two matches in doubles before Anne Lombardi (Sr./Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) and Joyce Yu (So./Taipei, Taiwan/Taipei American School) took down the region’s third-ranked tandem of Megan Tang and Tiffany Chen by an 8-5 tally.
Upon moving to singles, both sides won the first set in three matches.
Tang, the top-ranked singles player in the region, avenged her doubles loss with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Lombardi at first singles. Chicago picked up its fourth team point with a 6-4, 7-5 victory at sixth singles.
Mikayla Becich (So./Bradfordwoods, Pa./North Allegheny) got a point back for Carleton with her 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 triumph at third singles, but Chicago closed out the match with a three-wet win at second singles.
The fourth and fifth singles contests were also in a third set when the match reached decision.
This was the final match in the playing careers of seniors Lombardi, Katherine Greenberg (St. Louis, Mo./Clayton), and Molly Hemes (Sr./Green Bay, Wis./Preble). That trio has been a part of two MIAC regular-season titles, three MIAC Playoff Championships, and three trips to the NCAA Championships, including opening-round victories each time.