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Tartans Open Play at ITA Cup

women's tennis player wearing black shirt and black shorts keeps her eye on the ball as she swings to hit it

(ROME, Ga.) – Three Carnegie Mellon University women's tennis players opened competition at the ITA Cup at the Rome Tennis Center in Rome, Georgia, on Thursday, October 13 after earning spots in the national tournament by their winning performances at the ITA Southeast Regional.

Sophomore Sarah Yang and Crystal Zhou were in the singles bracket while Zhou paired with junior Danna Taylor in the doubles bracket.

Yang drew the top seed in sophomore Sylwia Mikos of the University of Chicago in the first round and fell 6-2, 7-5 before winning a three-set match in the consolation quarterfinals over senior Sabrina Tang from Grinnell College, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

Zhou opened play against sophomore Alice Hall of Sewanee University and fell 6-4, 6-4 before topping sophomore Miranda Yuan of the University of Chicago, 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 in the consolation quarterfinals.

Yang will continue in the consolation bracket against senior Suzuka Nishino of the University of Texas Dallas on Friday while Zhou will face senior Kelsey Dorr of St. Catherine University or third-seeded freshman Katherine Wurster of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges on Friday.

For doubles, Zhou and Taylor faced sophomore Samantha Fuchs and junior Clare Palen of the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire in the first round. The Tartan pair was victorious by a 6-4, 6-2 score and moves on to the quarterfinals to be played on Friday.