The 13th-rated Wheaton (Ill.) women’s tennis team trailed the 15th-rated University of Chicago 2-1 after doubles play, but stormed back with wins in four of six singles matches to post a 5-3 victory over the Maroons in a NCAA First Round Match at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.
The University of Chicago led 2-1 following doubles play, picking up wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. Vindya Dayananda and Ade Modele-Lucien, the seventh-rated doubles team in the Central Region, pulled a slight upset at No. 1 doubles, knocking off Wheaton’s fourth-rated tandem of Elizabeth Maclellan and Jordan Hook. Annie Miller and Michele Parad downed Leah Moberg and Shannon Hale 8-3 at No. 3 doubles. Wheaton avoided the doubles sweep with a 8-1 win by Brooke Parrish and Karly Olson over Anuja Parikh and Cassie Kramer.
Maclellan and Hook, rated third and fourth in the Central Region, respectively, bounced back in their singles matches. Maclellan topped second-rated Dayananda 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1 singles, while Hook took care of 25th-rated Omodele-Lucien 6-2, 6-0. Wheaton also picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win by Parrish over Parad at No. 4 singles and clinched the dual with a win at No. 6 singles as Brittney Dunn outlasted Katie Dulmage 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.
Annie Miller picked up the Maroons only singles win, downing Shannon Hale 6-4, 6-3. Olson and Parikh were tied at one set apiece at No. 3 when the match was called.
Wheaton, now 19-3, will face host Gustavus Adolphus (27-4) in a second round match Saturday at noon. Gustavus and Wheaton have not met in a dual since the Gusties beat the Thunder 7-2 in 1987.