Emory sweeps No. 10 DePauw
Second-ranked Eagles win 10th of last 11 dual matches
ATLANTA -- Emory continued its successful run as the second-ranked Eagles bested 10th-ranked DePauw 9-0 -- the squad's second consecutive shutout win against a nationally-ranked opponent.
Emory, now 10-3 overall this season, has won 10 of its last 11 matches, including four of its last five against nationally-ranked NCAA Division III opponents. DePauw dropped to 10-4 on the year with the loss.
Emory's first doubles team of sophomore Gabrielle Clark and senior Zahra Dawson opened the match with an 8-1 win against Kelly Gebert and Maggie MacPhail of DePauw. The duo improved to 17-4 in doubles matches this season, and Dawson earned the 93 doubles victory of her career to move into a tie for second with her former partner, Lorne McManigle, for second on the school's all-time ledger. She is just 11 double victories shy of former Eagle Mary Ellen Gordon's program record of 104 doubles wins.
Also in doubles play, sophomores Malavika Padmanabhan and Brenna Kelly bested Meg Crowley and Claire Marshall 8-6, improving to 10-1 this season. Junior Jordan Wylie and sophomore Taylor Brandt claimed an 8-5 win against Julie Wittwer and Kaitlin Pickrel in the third match to improve to 2-0 on the year and complete Emory's doubles sweep.
The Eagles continued to roll in singles play, headlined by Clark's 6-2, 6-0 win against Gebert in the first match, her fifth consecutive victory to raise her season ledger to 13-2. Also winning in straight sets were Dawson in the third singles match (6-3, 6-2), Padmanabhan in the fourth-singles contest (6-4, 6-3) and freshman Lauren Pinsky in the sixth singles match (6-2, 6-1). Both Wylie in the second-singles match (6-0, 3-6, 10-4) and Brandt in the fifth-singles contest (4-6, 6-0, 10-1) utilized a third set to earn a victory.
Brandt raised her singles record to 13-2 as well, equaling Clark for the best singles record on the team. Padmanabhan is now 11-2, while Wylie and Dawson both stand at 10-5, and Pinsky 9-6.