Gabrielle Clark sets career doubles record, No. 1 Emory sweeps Berry
ATLANTA -- Paced by senior Gabrielle Clark's program-record setting 106th career doubles victory, top-ranked Emory opened play at the 2014 NCAA Division III championships on Saturday with a 5-0 win against Berry in the second round of the tournament at the Woodruff Physical Education Center.
With the win, the Eagles will advance to the third round of the NCAA championships to face Washington & Lee (18-2), which reached the third round with a 5-0 victory against Sewanee earlier in the day on Saturday, after a first-round bye.
Emory won the first two doubles matches to be decided by 8-0 scores, with senior Brenna Kelly and freshman Katarina Su defeating Lauren Byrket and Abbie Smith at third doubles, followed by a second doubles win for sophomores Beatrice Rosen and Madison Gordon over Kaleigh Carpenter and Heidi Seabaugh. Emory senior Gabrielle Clark and freshman Michelle Satterfield completed the sweep with an 8-1 win versus Emma O'Reilly and Mary Cerny at first doubles.
The doubles victory for Clark was the 106th of her career, marking the most doubles wins by an individual in the program's history. She entered the match tied with former Eagle Zahra Dawson for the school record in the category.
Su claimed the first singles point of the match for Emory with a flawless 6-0, 6-0 win against Berry's Valerie DeWandel at sixth singles. Satterfield completed the Emory win with a 6-0, 6-0 victory at second singles over Cerny.
Emory was up a set on the other four courts as well when play was stopped. Clark led O'Reilly 6-1, 5-0 at first singles, Rosen was up 6-0, 3-0 versus Byrket at third singles, Goodman led Carpenter 6-1, 5-0 at fourth singles and Gordon held a 6-2, 1-0 advantage against Seabaugh at fifth singles.
With the win, Emory matched the program record with its 24th victory of the season (also achieved by the squad in 2003 and 2004), improving to 24-2 overall for the campaign. Berry's campaign came to a close with an 18-3 ledger for the season.
Emory and Washington & Lee will face each other at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.