CLAREMONT, Calif. -- The Emory Eagles defeated Washington (Mo.) 5-1 on Monday afternoon to advance to the semifinals of the 2014 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships at the Bisantz Family Tennis Center.
Emory will now turn its attention toward its semifinal match, scheduled for 6 p.m. ET Tuesday. The Eagles will face Johns Hopkins.Emory picked up wins in the first two doubles matches decided, with senior Gabrielle Clark and freshman Michelle Satterfield winning 8-2 in the first match against Rebecca Ho and Carinne Rauck, and sophomores Beatrice Rosen and Madison Gordon claiming an 8-1 win at second doubles versus Aly Coran and Jamie Silverberg. Washington would cut the Eagles' lead to 2-1 with a third-doubles victory, as Betsy Edershile and Hanna Newstadt defeated senior Brenna Kelly and freshman Katarina Su 8-6.
The Eagles would waste little time claiming the three singles matches necessary to clinch the team victory. Rosen pushed Emory's lead to 3-1 with a 6-0, 6-0 win at third singles against Coran, while Clark defeated Silverberg 6-0, 6-0 at first singles. Gordon would secure the team win for the Eagles with a 6-0, 6-1 win at fifth singles versus Edershile.
Emory was a game away from winning two other matches when play was stopped. Freshman Melissa Goodman held a 6-1, 5-2 lead at fourth singles against Theresa Petraskova, while Su was up at sixth singles 6-0, 5-1 against Rauck. At second singles, Satterfield was down in the second set 5-7, 1-1 to Ho.
Emory will be making its sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA semifinals and its 15th appearance in the program's history. The Eagles improved to 26-2 overall for the season, while the Bears' campaign closed with an overall record of 19-6.