Emory cruises into national semifinals
Eagles blast No. 12 Bowdoin to improve to 18-5 on the season
CARY, N.C. -- Fifth-ranked Emory rolled to a dominating 5-1 victory against 12th-ranked Bowdoin in the quarterfinals of the Division III Women's Tennis Championships on Monday advancing to the semifinals of the tournament on Tuesday.
In doubles action, the Eagles claimed two out of the three matches to grab an early 2-1 lead against the Polar Bears. Emory's No. 1 doubles pairing of Gabrielle Clark and Zahra Dawson supplied a dominating performance, sweeping Kellen Alberstone and Emma Lewis 8-0.
After Taylor Brandt and Jordan Wylie suffered an 8-1 loss to Kate Winingham and Emily Lombardi at No. 3 doubles, Brenna Kelly and Malavika Padmanabhan responded with a come-from-behind 8-6 win against Emma Chow and Chantalle Lavertu at No. 2 doubles to give the Eagles an edge heading into singles play.
Clark claimed another convincing win in the first singles match, winning 6-0, 6-0 against Alberstone to extend Emory's team lead to 3-1. Dawson followed with a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 3 singles vs. Lavertu. The match-clinching victory came shortly thereafter from Kelly, who defeated Emily Lombardi 6-1, 6-1 at No. 5 singles.
Emory raised its season ledger to 18-5, while Bowdoin's season came to a close with an overall mark of 13-9.