PITTSBURGH – The Duquesne women’s tennis team defeated local foe Carnegie-Mellon 8-1 on Saturday morning. The teams played the NCAA Division III format, playing ad, an eight game pro set for doubles and a nine-point match. The Dukes improve their record to 6-4 on the year.

Ana Utrilla-Benito and Amulika Gottiparthy gave the Dukes a quick start in doubles, cruising through a 8-0 victory at the third doubles flight. Ellen Shanahan and Priyanka Mitta followed with a 8-4 win at the seconddoubles flight, giving the Dukes a 2-1 lead going into singles play.

Amulika Gottiparthy was also first off the court in singles, winning 6-0, 6-0 at the fifth flight. Gottiparthy did not drop a game in two matches on the day. Ellen Shanahan won 6-2, 6-0 at the second singles flight, and Priyanka Mitta won 6-1, 6-2, at the sixth flight.

Meredith Lee would win 6-1, 6-4 at the third singles flight, while Ana Utrilla-Benito took a tough 7-6 (6), 7-6 (7) victory at the fourth singles flight.  Margot Pessy would win at the top singles flight 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (5).

“We always look forward to playing CMU,” said Duquesne Director of Tennis Vanessa Steiner. “This year they ranked top 5 in the Division III national rankings, and to come out and dominate on several courts gave our team lots of confidence. This is a match that we look to build on for the rest of the year and leading up to the conference championships.”

The Dukes wrap up the regular season hosting George Washington at Alpha Tennis and Fitness of Pittsburgh on Friday, April 23 at 11 a.m.

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