Emory sets program record for wins, advances back to NCAA quarterfinals
ATLANTA -- Emory set a program record with its 25th win of the season, advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships with a 5-0 victory against Washington & Lee on Sunday at the Woodruff Physical Education Center on Sunday.
Emory improved to 25-2 overall on the season, surpassing the previous program record for wins in single season, set in both 2003 and '04. The Eagles also remained undefeated against Division III opposition with a 17-0 record.
The Eagles opened the match in dominating fashion, sweeping all three matches from the Generals in doubles play. Emory registered its first point of the match with an 8-0 win from senior Brenna Kelly and freshman Katarina Su against Brooke Donnelly and Claire Cahill in the third contest. Sophomore Beatrice Rosen and junior Rebecca Siegler followed with an 8-2 win versus Meghan Buell and Chelsea Mixson at second doubles, and at first doubles, senior Gabrielle Clark and Michelle Satterfield completed the sweep with an 8-4 win versus Sonja Meighan and Patricia Kirkland.
Playing in the final home match of her career, Clark earned a flawless 6-0, 6-0 win against Meighan at first singles, claiming the 100th singles victory of her collegiate career. She joins Mary Ellen Gordon, who won 115 during her Emory career, as the only two Eagles in the program's history to reach the century mark in singles wins.
Minutes later, Satterfield would punch the Eagles' ticket to the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Buell at second singles.
Emory was also leading in the other four singles matches when play was stopped, with Rosen up 6-5 in the first set against Kirkland at third singles, Goodman leading 6-3, 2-1 over Donnelly at fourth singles, sophomore Madison Gordon holding a 6-2, 3-1 advantage against Mixson at fifth singles, and Su up 6-3, 1-1 against Mary Elizabeth Shutley at sixth singles.
Washington and Lee closed out its campaign with an 18-3 overall record.
With the win, the Eagles will advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships in Claremont, California. This is Emory's 24th appearance inthe NCAA quarterfinals, including 13 of the past 14 years and seven consecutive trips for the Eagles.