Emory advances to semifinals with 5-2 victory against Middlebury
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Emory senior Jordan Wylie claimed a come-from-behind three-set victory in the third singles match to clinch a 5-2 win for the Eagles against Middlebury in Monday's NCAA Division III Women's Tennis quarterfinal contest in Kalamazoo, Mich.
With the win, Emory advanced to the semifinals for the fifth consecutive season and 14th time in the program's history. The Eagles are 7-6 all-time in NCAA quarterfinal matches.
On Monday, Emory jumped out to a quick lead in the match by claiming victories in two of the three doubles matches. After the Eagles' second doubles pairing of Wylie and freshman Madison Gordon dropped an 8-5 decision to Middlebury's duo of Lok-Sze Leung and Ria Gerger, Emory claimed 8-5 victories in the other two contests, with freshman Emma Taylor and junior Brenna Kelly defeating Katie Paradies and Dorrie Paradies in the third doubles match and junior Gabrielle Clark and freshman Annette Sullivan earning a win against Brittney Faber and Leah Kepping in the first doubles contest.
Leading 2-1 heading into singles play, Emory buffered its lead by claiming points from the first two singles matches that were decided. Gordon struck first for the Eagles, winning the fifth singles match against Dorrie Paradies 6-1, 6-2. Shortly thereafter, freshman Beatrice Rosen earned a 6-1, 6-2 win against Gerger at second singles. It marked the 14th consecutive win for Rosen, the longest active singles winning streak by an Eagle.
However, Middlebury answered back with a point from Faber, who defeated Kelly 6-0, 6-2 to cut Emory's lead in the match to 4-2.
With Emory needing just one more victory to clinch the team win, the other three singles contests each split the first two sets. It was Wylie, a two-time All-American playing in her final career week of tennis for Emory, who gutted out the victory to clinch the team win. She came back after losing her first set 6-3 to win the next two 6-3, 6-4 against Kepping at third singles.
The other two singles matches were left unfinished when the match was decided. At first singles, Clark trailed Leung 7-5, 4-6, 4-1, while Emory freshman Marissa Levine was behind Margot Marchese 6-4, 3-6, 2-0 at fourth singles.
The victory raised Emory's record to 17-4 this season and to 63-31 all-time in NCAA tournament matches. Middlebury's season came to a close with a ledger of 13-7.
Next up for the Eagles will be Amherst, the top-ranked team in DIII this season. The Jeffs will enter the match with a 20-2 record after defeating Washington (Mo.) 5-1 in the quarterfinals on Monday.