May 16, 2010

Courtesy of Emory Athletics

In the first meeting between two seeded opponents in the 2010 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships, fourth-seeded Emory University prevailed over sixth-seeded Washington and Lee University, 5-0, to advance to the quarterfinals.

Sunday's third-round match was a rematch from earlier in the season, when Washington and Lee defeated Emory 5-4 at the Fab Five Tournament. However, unlike the March 27th matchup when the Generals won two of the three doubles matches, this time, the Eagles were able to sweep the doubles contests.

Emory's third-doubles pairing of junior Lindsay Reidenbach and freshman Jordan Wylie struck the first blow for the Eagles, winning 8-4 over Washington and Lee's Blair Brzeski and Trelsie Sadler. The Eagles climbed to a 2-0 lead after a battle between two of the top-ranked doubles teams in the Atlantic South Region in the first doubles match resulted in an 8-3 win for third-ranked Zahra Dawson and Lorne McManigle over second-ranked Lauren Caire and Ellen Yeatman. Moments later, Emory's 13th-ranked doubles pairing of Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers completed the doubles sweep with an 8-4 win over 11th-ranked Lauren Lukas and Ann Morris.

Emory was able to take a 4-0 lead, after third singles player Jordan Wylie, ranked 24th in the Atlantic South Region, won her match 6-0, 6-1 over Lauren Lukas. Lindsay Reidenbach was able to clinch the team victory for Emory, winning 6-3, 6-4 in the fifth singles match over the General's Ann Morris, ranked 25th in the region. The other four singles matches were left unfinished, with Emory players up a set in three of the four.

With the 5-0 win on Sunday, Emory is now yet to lose a singles or doubles match through its first two matches of the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles have now defeated Washington and Lee in the third round of the tournament in each of the last two seasons.

Emory improved to 20-5 on the season with the win, while Washington and Lee dropped to 19-6 with the loss.

The Eagles will advance to face fifth-seeded Denison University in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Championships on May 25th in Fredricksburg, VA. This is the third-consecutive season the Eagles have advanced to the quarterfinal round, and the 21st time since 1985.