Emory climbs into ITA final
ST. PETER, Minn. -- Third-ranked Emory defeated eighth-ranked Carnegie Mellon 7-2 on Saturday, advancing to the final of the ITA Indoor Championships for the third consecutive year.
Emory’s third doubles team of freshmen Malavika Padmanabhan and Brenna Kelly opened play with a dominating 8-1 victory against Cza-Ja Tam and Ashley Herrick. In the No. 2 doubles match, senior Lorne McManigle and junior Zahra Dawson edged Jennifer Chui and Alexandra Tapak 8-6, giving Emory a 2-0 lead. The Tartans got on the board at No. 1 doubles, as Layra Chen and Courtney Chin, a tandem ranked fifth in the region, bested Eagles freshman Gabrielle Clark and sophomore Jordan Wylie 8-4.
Emory received a quick victory from McManigle, who is regionally ranked 10th, in the No. 3 singles match 6-0, 6-2. After freshman Taylor Brandt suffered a 6-4, 7-5 loss to Madison Rabson at No. 6, Clark, who is regionally-ranked third, upset the Atlantic South Region’s top-ranked singles player Chen at No. 1 singles 6-1, 6-4.
Dawson clinched the team victory for the Eagles, winning her No. 4 singles match against Tam, 6-1, 6-1.
Adding victories to the Emory tally were Padmanabhan at No. 5 by a 6-1, 6-1 score against Chui, and Wylie in a 6-3, 7-5 upset against regionally fifth-ranked Chin in the No. 2 singles match.
Emory improved to 5-2 on the season with the victory, the team’s fifth conscutive win. The Eagles also remained undefeated against NCAA Division III opponents this season, with a 3-0 record. The Tartans fell to 7-2 with the loss.
With the win, Emory advances to the final of the ITA Indoor Championships for the third consecutive season, as the top-seeded Eagles will take on second-seeded and No. 3-ranked Chicago. The contest is a rematch of last year’s NCAA Championship final match, which Emory won by a 6-3 margin against the Maroons.