JHU women rally to win ITA national indoor tennis championship

Blue Jays capture 4 of 6 singles points for best-ever finish at event

The Johns Hopkins women's indoor tennis team kicked off its season with victories over three top-10 teams to win the ITA Division III National Team Indoor Championship in Greencastle, Ind.

Image caption: The Johns Hopkins women's tennis team celebrates its win at the 2013 ITA Division III National Team Indoor Championship

The Blue Jays, who entered the weekend ranked No. 11 nationally, had not finished higher than seventh in two previous trips to the event. They opened with a 6-3 win against 10th-ranked DePauw, the tournament's host, on Friday night. JHU followed with a 6-3 win against No. 3 Chicago, the event's top seed, then knocked off No. 5 Carnegie Mellon 5-4 in the final.

Johns Hopkins (3-0) trailed 4-2 against the Tartans in the championship round, but won the final three singles matches to rally for the victory. Shannon Herndon, Sydney Lehman, Abby Clark, and Stephanie Rettig all won singles matches for the Blue Jays, and Rettig and Lehman also teamed for JHU's lone doubles point.

The Blue Jays return to the court March 20 when they visit Trinity in San Antonio, Texas.

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