No. 13 WashU Upsets No. 9 MIT at ITA Indoors

No. 13 WashU Upsets No. 9 MIT at ITA Indoors

Nashville, Tenn., March 2, 2019 – Sophomore Ally Persky picked up a pair of wins, including a victory over a ranked opponent in singles, to lead the No. 13-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's tennis team to a 5-4 upset win over No. 9 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Saturday at the 2019 ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Nashville, Tenn. 

WashU jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles behind wins at No. 1 and No. 3. With the Bears holding a slim 4-3 lead, sophomore Ashley Lessen clinched the victory with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) victory at No. 2 singles. 

Match-by-Match Results
Doubles:
1. Ally Persky/Lisa Chionis (WASHUW) def. Libby Rickeman/Lara Rakocevic (MIT) 8-6
2. Marina Zhang/Megan Guenther (MIT) def. Laurel Wanger/Brigitte Hodge (WASHUW) 8-1
3. Stephanie Ren/Sanjna Tripathy (WASHUW) def. Ashley Teng/Amber Shen (MIT) 8-4 

Singles:
1.  Ally Persky (WASHUW) def. #30 Libby Rickeman (MIT) 6-4, 6-4
2. Ashley Lessen (WASHUW) def. Marina Zhang (MIT) 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)
3. Divya Sharma (WASHUW) def. Ashley Teng (MIT) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
4. Lara Rakocevic (MIT) def. Brigitte Hodge (WASHUW) 6-1, 6-3
5. Megan Guenther (MIT) def. Laurel Wanger (WASHUW) 6-3, 6-2
6. Vanessa Kitova (MIT) def. Zoe Park (WASHUW) 7-5, 6-3

Notes:
• WashU is 2-2 against ranked teams this year
• Chionis and Persky improved to 4-1 at No. 1 doubles
• The victory for Chionis was the 70th of her career
• Persky is 2-2 against ranked opponents in singles
• Sharma is 10-2 this year at singles, including 3-1 at No. 3 

Up Next:
WashU takes No. 11 Carnegie Mellon University in the fifth-place match Sunday at 8 a.m. in Nashville.