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Carey

GREENCASTLE, Ind. -- Wheaton (Ill.) opened up play in the NCAA Division III Championship with a 5-0 victory against Webster on Thursday morning on the campus of DePauw University. Wheaton improves to 20-2 on the year, and will face the host Tigers of DePauw (17-6) on Friday morning. Webster, the champions of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, ends the year with a record of 19-2.

Wheaton jumped ahead of the Gorlocks early in the team scoring by opening the match with three wins in doubles play. The Thunder duo of Elizabeth Worsowicz and Sarah Ray earned an 8-1 win against Webster’s Paige and Allison Tungate at No. 1 doubles. The No. 2 doubles team of Melanie Milling and Marissa Shults earned an 8-1 win against the Webster team of Lindsey Hays and Lauren Hacker. The third doubles victory for the Thunder came when the tandem of Kirsten Boyer and Julia Carey picked up an 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles against the team of Marissa Lewis and Kathleen Kennedy from Webster.

Worsowicz was a 6-0, 6-0 winner against Piage Tungate at No. 1 singles. The Thunder secured the 5-0 victory with the decisive fifth win in a 6-0, 6-0 victory by Carey against Webster’s MacKenzie Wilder at No. 6 singles.