ST. Louis – No. 3 Emory has advanced to the title match of the University Athletic Association Championships following a 6-0 triumph in the semifinals against 15th-ranked Washington University. It is Emory’s (18-4) third consecutive victory while the Bears slipped to 14-5.
The shutout was the seventh of the season for the top-seeded Eagles, and their fourth in the last five matches.
Emory opened with a dominant showing in doubles play, dropping just a total of seven games en route to claiming a 3-0 lead. The No. 1 tandem of Gabrielle Clark and Lorne McManigle got the Eagles off on the right foot with an 8-1 decision versus Evelyn Qin and Natalie Tingir, which raised their record to 11-3 this spring. The duo of Jordan Wylie and Zahra Dawson notched an 8-3 victory at second doubles against Theresa Petraskova and Elise Sambol while Brenna Kelly and Malavik Padmanaabhan were triumphant against Corinne Rauck and Paige Madara by a similar count at No. 3.
The Eagles continued their momentum rolling in singles with Dawson’s 6-1, 6-0 bettering of Kate Klein at No. 3 extending their lead to 4-0. It was Dawson’s fifth consecutive win and upped her record this spring to 16-4. Deciding the match in Emory’s favor was McManigle who topped Qin, 6-0, 6-2 at the second singles slot. Gabrielle Clark accounted for the team’s other point with a 6-1, 6-2 verdict against Tingir at No. 1.
Emory will take on the second seed and fourth-ranked Chicago on Sunday for the championship.