May 24, 2012

Short, Marcell end season at NCAAs

Senior Sarah Short and junior Alex Marcell closed out the season at the 2012 NCAA Championship Tournament in Cary, N.C. on Thursday.

The Big Red tandem entered the tournament as the No. 2 team in the central region and opened the draw against a familiar opponent in Nandita Krishnan and Hailey Hogan of Johns Hopkins.  On March 3, Marcell and Short defeated Krishnan and Hogan via 8-6 decision at the ITA Indoor Championship in Greencastle, Ind.  However, on Thursday it was the duo from Johns Hopkins that got the better of the DU pair.  Krishnan and Hogan got a measure of revenge after posting a pair of 6-3 scores.

This season, Short and Marcell compiled an impressive 20-3 record, including a 20-2 mark at the top doubles flight.  Prior to Thursday's match, the Denison team posted a perfect record against Division III teams, with their only losses coming to Division II opponents.  Short set the school record for single-season doubles victories (25), while her 57-career wins ranks tied for sixth on the all-time list.  Marcell will enter her senior season with 56 career doubles victories, which ranks tied for eighth in program history.

Earlier in the day, Short competed as an alternate in the singles championship draw against Chicago's Jennifer Kung.  The DU senior suffered a straight-set loss to Kung via 6-1, 6-3 scores.  Short closed out her collegiate career with 42 singles wins.