Emory stays unbeaten vs. Division III opponents, beats JHU to return to final
CLAREMONT, Calif. -- Emory, ranked first in Division III, will play for the national championship on Wednesday, earning a spot in the title match after defeating fourth-ranked Johns Hopkins 5-1 on Tuesday afternoon at the 2014 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships.
The Eagles will now advance for the NCAA championship match for the ninth time in the program's history, and for the second consecutive year. Emory will be aiming for its sixth National Championship, after winning titles in 1996, 2003, '04, '05 and '06.
In Wednesday's championship match, the Eagles will take on second-ranked Amherst, which defeated third-ranked Williams 5-4 in the other semifinal on Tuesday. Emory and Amherst have met in the national championship match once before, with the Eagles coming away with a 5-0 triumph to win the NCAA title in 2004. The Eagles are 13-4 all-time against Amherst, including a 7-2 record in NCAA Tournament meetings. Emory has won its past two matches against the Jeffs, including a 5-4 win in the semifinals at last year's NCAA championships, and an 8-1 win earlier this season.
Tuesday's semifinal match between the Eagles and the Blue Jays was a rematch from earlier in the season, when Emory defeated Johns Hopkins 7-2 at the Woodruff P.E. Center in Atlanta on April 5th. The loss was the only one of the season for Hopkins, heading into Tuesday's match.
|DIII WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP|
|Individuals Championship Recap|
|Hill: Amherst's Devlin wins fourth doubles title of career|
|Singles: Emory's Clark cruises to singles crown|
|Quarterfinal and Semifinal Recap|
|Hill: Ward makes return trip to doubles championship|
|Day 1 Recap|
|Hill: Emory's Clark returns strong in senior year|
|Championship Recap Gallery|
|Hill: Emory soars to national championship|
|Emory brings home national crown|
|Hill: Amherst battles, will face Emory for championship|
|Semis: Amherst dethrones defending champ Williams|
|Semis: Emory returns to final, stays unbeaten vs. DIII|
|Hill: Johns Hopkins does enough to hold on|
|Quarters: Williams eases by Bowdoin 5-0|
|Quarters: Law, Johns Hopkins stymies CMS' rally|
|Quarters: Amherst reaches sixth semifinal in a row|
|Quarters: Emory breezes by Washington (Mo.)|
|Hill: Williams looks for seventh title in a row|
|Brackets: Interactive Printable|
|Individual Brackets: Singles Doubles|
Su was the first to claim a singles victory for Emory, defeating Jody Law in straight sets at sixth singles, 6-1, 6-2, to earn her 25th consecutive singles win, improving to 27-1 overall for the year, including a 19-0 mark in the spring. Freshman Melissa Goodman put the Eagles a win away from the finals with a 6-2, 6-4 against Hogan at fourth singles, and Clark completed the team win with a 6-3, 6-1 against Austi at first singles.
At the time play was stopped, Emory sophomore Madison Gordon led Baik 6-2, 2-2 at fifth singles, while Satterfield was locked in a 6-6 tie in the first set with Lehman at second singles, and Rosen trailed Rao 3-6, 5-4 at third singles.
Emory raised record to 27-2, the best in the history of the program, including a perfect 19-0 mark against Division III opposition. Hopkins ended its season with a 24-2 record, with both losses coming to the Eagles.