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Emory Athletics | May 25, 2014

Emory's Clark cruises to straight-set victory to claim singles crown

  Garielle Clark is just the second Emory player to win two national championships.

Emory senior Gabrielle Clark came through with a dominating performance on Saturday in capturing the NCAA Division III Women's Singles Championship in Claremont, California. The No. 1- seeded Clark earned her second NCAA singles crown during her four-year career with a 6-2, 6-1 decision against Jordan Brewer of Amherst.

Clark dropped just three games to the No. 3-seeded Brewer en route to raising her record to 24-4. The opening set was tied at 2 before Clark rattled off four consecutive games, breaking Brewer twice in the process, to nail down the first set. Clark held her serve twice and broke Brewer once in bolting to an insurmountable 3-0 advantage in the second set. After Brewer held serve in the fourth game, Clark rolled to the final three games in securing the title.

Clark was superb in her five-match run to the championship, winning in straight sets in each contest while dropping just two games in a particular set on just one occasion.

Clark becomes just the second Emory player in program history to win two national championships, joining Mary Ellen Gordon (2003 and 2004) in that exclusive club. Clark and Gordon are two of three Eagles to have national titles to their credit with Lorne McManigle (2009) the other.

She closes out a stellar stint at Emory with a career singles won-lost slate of 108-21 with her victory ranking second all-time on the Emory chart behind Mary Ellen Gordon's 115 triumphs.