Clark shines on opening day
Emory star wins two singles matches, one doubles
CARY, N.C. -- Emory sophomore Gabrielle Clark won her first two matches of the singles draw, and later teamed with Zahra Dawson to win their opening doubles contest, advancing to the second day of the NCAA Division III Individual Championships.
Clark, seeded third in the singles draw, defeated Jennifer Newman of Amherst in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, in her first -ound match, and followed that with a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Amy Schlessman of Kenyon College in the second round.
In Friday's quarterfinals, Clark will face Washington and Lee's Sonja Meighan. Clark bested Meighan 6-2, 6-4 when they met at first singles during the third round of the NCAA Team Championships on May 13th.
Wylie claimed a 6-3, 6-3 victory against Washington-St. Louis's Natalie Tingir to advance to the second round, but suffered a 6-3, 6-4 loss to Lok-Sze Leung, the draw's top-seeded player.
In doubles action, Emory's second-seeded duo of Clark and Dawson rolled to a 6-2, 6-0 victory in their first-round match against Lee Ford and Nataly Mendoza of Skidmore. They will face Alyssa Roberg and Courtney Lawless of Whitman in the second round on Friday.
In other first round doubles action, sophomores Malavika Padmanabhan and Brenna Kelly were eliminated from competition with a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Kalla Schaefer and Alexandra Bayliss of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
By virtue of winning a match at the NCAA Championships, Clark, Dawson and Wylie have assured themselves ITA All-America honors for the year. Clark and Dawson had previously claimed all-America honors this season by winning the Fall ITA Regional Championship.