Liles earns clinching point for Sewanee in win against Washington & Lee
ATLANTA -– No. 15 Sewanee advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday, defeating No. 16 Washington & Lee 5-4 on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta.
Early on the Tigers dominated doubles. At No. 2 Bronte Goodhue and Anne Garland opened the scores with an 8-5 victory against Meghan Buell and Chelsea Mixson.
Moments later, teammates Jenny Liles and Lindsey Liles then matched that same score with another 8-5 win for Sewanee at No. 1.
The Tigers then pushed their lead to 3-0 after Annie Veron and Julia Wood outlasted Sallie Griffin and Claire Cahill by a score of 8-4.
W&L finally got on the board when the Generals opened singles with a victory by Mixson at No. 5.
After Sonja Meighan topped Goodhue in straight sets at No. 1, W&L tied the match at 3-3 when Buell won a long three-set match at No. 2 against Jenny Liles.
The Generals then took their only lead of the contest when Christina Douglas topped Mary Taylor Tepper in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 at No. 6.
Suddenly with its lead gone, Sewanee needed a win just to stay alive.
After taking the first set 7-6, Veron evened the scores when the freshman rolled in the second set 6-2.
With all but one match completed and the score tied at 4-4, all eyes turned to Court 3 where Lindsey Liles was battling Patricia Kirkland.
In the first set Kirkland easy opened the match with a 6-1 win. However, with her back against the wall, Liles rallied in the second winning the set 6-4.
With the match on the line, the two players battled into a third-set tiebreaker. Holding an 8-7 edge in the tiebreaker, Liles utilized an underhand serve after faulting on her first attempt, and was able to win the point and the match for Sewanee.