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Women’s tennis takes down Denison and Johns Hopkins

Sophomore Katie Cecil won both singles matches in straight sets this weekend. (credit: Jonathan Carreon/Photo Editor) Sophomore Katie Cecil won both singles matches in straight sets this weekend. (credit: Jonathan Carreon/Photo Editor)

The No. 4-ranked women’s tennis team took on the No. 26-ranked Denison Big Red in Granville, Ohio, on Saturday. The Tartans continued their impressive season with a 7–2 victory over the Big Red, improving their record to 14–3 for the season.

First-year pair Bryn Raschke and Chelsea Motie, No. 2 doubles, and sophomore Katie Cecil and first-year Angela Pratt, No. 3 doubles, started the day off strong by winning their doubles matches 8–1 and 8–2, respectively. The senior duo of Courtney Chin and Laura Chen at No. 1 doubles fought hard, but eventually lost the first doubles in a tiebreaker 9–7.

As the day transitioned into the singles portion of the match, the Tartans took their play to the next level and won five of their six sets. At No. 1 singles, Cecil won the first game handily in straight sets 6–2, 6–2. This win was followed by another victory from Motie at No. 3 singles with 6–3, 6–3. Chen, No. 2 singles, then clinched the Tartans’ victory over the Big Red with her hard-fought comeback 6–7, 6–1, 6–2. Even after the victory was sealed, the Tartans kept their foot on the gas with Chin, No. 4 singles, winning in straight sets 6–4, 6–3.

The only singles loss of the day was a tough battle by Pratt at No. 5, winning the first set in a tiebreaker before dropping the last two 6–3, 6–3. Senior Cze-Ja Tam at No. 6 singles finished the day on a strong note for the Tartans by winning 8–3.

“It was tough waiting all day to play and playing indoors with only four courts, but we were able to adjust and pull out a solid win,” Tam said.

The Tartans took on No. 8-ranked Johns Hopkins at home on Sunday. The Tartans won 6–3. The Tartans compete next at University Athletic Association Championships in Orlando, Fla.

Editor’s note: Courtney Chin is a staffwriter for The Tartan.