Eisenman Advances to ITA Cup Semifinals with 26th Straight Win
ROME, Ga. - Lindsay Eisenman of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's tennis team won her ninth straight singles match to start the season, and her 26th in a row dating back to last year, defeating Emily Kantrovitz of Emory 7-5, 6-2 in the ITA Cup quarterfinals on Friday at the Rome Tennis Center.
Eisenman, who is seeded third, moves on to tomorrow's semifinal round, where she will take on Sarah Youngberg of Wesleyan. Youngberg began the ITA Cup by upsetting second-seeded Hannah Kassaie of Case Western and then defeated Ruth Hill of Trinity (Texas) in the quarterfinals on Friday.
The winner of the Eisenman-Youngberg semifinal will move on to Sunday's ITA Cup final, against either top-seeded Sylwia Mikos of Chicago or fourth-seed Matia Cristiani of Babson.
Eisenman has not dropped a singles match since falling in the ITA Indoor Championship last March to Claudia Ng of Chicago, a loss she avenged in the NCAA Division III Championship match in May (6-3, 6-4). Her career singles record now stands at 34-3, with her other two losses coming in the fall of 2022, one in three sets to Division I Cal State Northridge in her collegiate debut, and one to her own teammate (Katherine Wurster) in the ITA West Region semifinals (by retirement).
Her current win streak also includes only two matches that have gone three sets, one of which was in the NCAA Regional finals against Pomona-Pitzer, when she prevailed 6-2, 6-7, 6-2, and the other was to teammate Audrey Yoon two weeks ago in the ITA West Regional finals, when she won the last four points for a 10-8 win in a third-set tiebreaker.
Yoon fell in her opening match of the ITA Cup yesterday, but bounced back to win a 6-1, 6-0 decision in the consolation bracket over Lauryn Douglas of Bethel this afternoon. Yoon will face Cassidy Binder of Pacific tomorrow in an All-West Region consolation semifinal.
Yoon and Alisha Chulani will also be in action tonight in the ITA Cup Doubles Quarterfinals, facing the doubles team of Cristiani and Olivia Soffer of Babson. Eisenman and Ella Brissett compete in the consolation bracket against Molly Austin and Allison Szalay of Gustavus Adolphus.