May 15, 2010

Courtesy of Emory Athletics

ATLANTA, Ga. -
Emory University, seeded fourth in the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championships, opened its tournament with a 5-0 win over Methodist University, advancing to play in the regional finals on Sunday at 12:00 PM.

The Eagles took control of the match during doubles play, winning all three matches to take a 3-0 lead over the Monarchs.  Finishing first was Emory’s third doubles team of Lindsay Reidenbach and Jordan Wylie, who picked up a perfect 8-0 win over Methodist’s Heather Brayton and Jennifer Hamel.  The Eagles’ second doubles pairing of Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers, ranked 13th in the Atlantic South Region, was the second group to finish, winning 8-1 over the Monarchs’ Rachel Purser and Dana Powell.  Emory’s first pairing of Zahra Dawson and Lorne McManigle, ranked third in the region, rounded out the doubles-sweep with another 8-1 victory, over regionally 14th-ranked Kaitlin Flaherty and Katherine Meindl.

In singles play, Nash was the first to finish for the Eagles, defeating Methodist’s Brayton 6-1, 6-1 in the fourth singles match.  Reidenbach clinched the match for Emory with a perfect 6-0, 6-0 win in the fifth singles match over Dana Powell.  The other four singles matches were left unfinished.

Emory’s singles players combined to lose just seven games during the match, which lasted just an hour and 35 minutes.

With the win, Emory improved to 19-5 during the season, while Methodist concluded its year with a 23-3 record.

Emory will play the winner of today’s match between 17th-ranked Vassar College and sixth-ranked Washington and Lee University in the third round of the tournament at 12:00 PM on Sunday at the Woodruff Physical Education Center.