After an upset victory over Pomona-Pitzer (No. 2) in yesterday’s Semifinal action, Chicago (No. 3) made sure to make the most of their first National Team Indoor Final appearance since 2011, taking down Emory (No. 1) in the 2022 ITA DIII Women’s National Team Indoor Championship Match.
Marking their first National Team Indoor Championship in program history, today’s match showed the resilience and fight that this Chicago team has played with all weekend as it was an uphill battle for the Maroons all the way until the clinching point.
Dropping all three doubles points in today’s match, things were looking grim for Chicago right out of the gate as they tried to avoid their third-straight ITA National Team Indoor Final loss to conference foe Emory, after losing to the Eagles in both 2010 and 2011.
In singles play, things didn’t get off to a promising start either for Chicago as they dropped a quick match from the No. 6 position, while dropping first sets from the No. 2 and No. 3 positions.
However, this is when the tides began to turn.
Earning straight-set victories from the No. 1, No. 4, and No. 5 positions, the fate of the match now rested in the hands of the No. 2 and No. 3 positions who each were now in third set tiebreaks to determine the Champion.
With all of the momentum behind them now and the rest of the team cheering them on, Chicago was able to muster out 6-1 third set victories from both positions to clinch their first National Team Indoor Championship in program history.
This Championship Match marks the end of the 2022 ITA National Team Indoor schedule in which six teams across the span of five weeks took home National Championships for their schools.
Championship Match Result:
Chicago (3) def Emory (1) 5-4
Third Place Match Result:
Pomona-Pitzer (2) def CMS (4) 5-1
Fifth Place Match:
MIT (6) def Carnegie Mellon (5) 5-2
Seventh Place Match:
Kenyon (7) def Centre College (8) 5-1