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2003-04 Emory Women's Tennis Headline Archive

August 29) Mary Ellen Gordon, a 2004 Emory graduate, was among 14 women's players seleted nationally for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Collegiate All-Star Team. Gordon was the lone representative from an NCAA Division III school.

The ITA all-stars were honored August 27 at the historic West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y. On hand for the awards ceremony was Nick Bollettieri whose tennis academy is an event sponsor.

This is the second consecutive year Gordon was chosen for the ITA all-star team. She finished her college career as the most decorated Division III women's tennis player with eight NCAA national championships (two team, two singles and four doubles).

This 21st edition of the ITA Collegiate All-Star Team includes the nation's top-ranked men's and women's tennis players at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and NJCAA levels, as well as champions from the 2003 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships and 2004 NCAA Championships.

This year's women's all-stars are: Gordon, Lauren Barnikow of Stanford, Daniela Bercek of UCLA, Erin Burdette of Stanford, Agata Cioroch of Georgia, Lauren Fisher of UCLA, Idalina Franca of Independence, Alexis Gordon of Florida, Cristelle Grier of Northwestern, Zsofia Golopencza of Armstrong Atlantic State, Karine Ionesco of Broward, Amber Liu of Stanford, Jessica Rush of Northwestern and Larikah Russell of Southern Nazarene.

The men's all-stars are: Ivan Angulo of the College of Santa Fe, Richard Barker of Rice, William Barker of Rice, Benjamin Becker of Baylor, KC Corkery of Stanford, Benedikt Dorsch of Baylor, Jan Krejci of BYU-Hawaii, Alex Ortega of Laredo, Matt Seeberger of UC-Santa Cruz, Ludovic Walter of Duke, Sam Warburg of Stanford, Jeremy Wurtzman of Ohio State and Jason Zimmerman of Duke.

 


(August 3) Emory University has been cited as an All-Academic Team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). In addition, six Eagles have been honored as ITA Scholar-Athletes.

Last semester, Emory had a team grade point average of 3.51. Of its 11 players, nine had a 3.31 GPA or higher (on a 4.0 scale) while three of them made the Dean's List which honors students in the top 20 percent of their class. Last fall, the team GPA was 3.54.

Emory is one of 58 NCAA Division III women's teams in the nation, out of approximately 430, to receive the award. Of all the Division III honorees, Emory is one of only two schools to be selected for the NCAA national team championship tournament last season and to be listed among the 25 best national universities by U.S. News and World Report.

Individual Emory honorees are Carina Alberelli, Petrel Chapman, Amanda Dechert, Breana Lai, Margaret Moscato and Jolyn Taylor. Only eight Division III schools had more individual honorees than Emory.

Last season, Emory won its second consecutive NCAA national team championship. The Eagles also won the NCAA singles and doubles crowns for the second year in a row.

To qualify, a team must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA for the past school year. Individuals must have at least a 3.50 GPA for the school year.


(June 29) Emory University graduate Margaret Moscato has been awarded a $7,500 postgraduate scholarship from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

She is one of 29 female athletes nationwide, eight in Division III, to receive the award for spring sports. Of the four tennis honorees nationally, Moscato is the only one to also attain tennis All-America status in any NCAA division.

Moscato becomes the seventh Emory female athlete ever to attain a distinguished triple achievement of being cited as an NCAA postgraduate scholar, Academic All-American, and athletic All-American.
Moscato graduated with a 3.94 cumulative grade point average with a major in biology and a minor in French Studies.

On the court, she compiled records of 24-3 in singles and 32-5 in doubles this season. Moscato and teammate Carina Alberelli finished second at the NCAA national doubles championship.

Moscato finished with career records of 72-29 (.713) in singles and 90-27 (.769) in doubles. She stands second in school history in career doubles wins, fourth in career doubles win percentage, and 10th in career singles wins.

Moscato joins Megan Bern (1997) as Emory women's tennis players to receive the NCAA postgraduate award.

The NCAA postgraduate scholarships are awarded each season to the outstanding senior student-athletes for use towards graduate school. Moscato plans to attend Emory medical school.

 


(June 17) Two Emory University players have been named to the Academic All-America team for women's at-large sports. Margaret Moscato made the first team while Jolyn Taylor made the second team. Both previously were chosen to the Academic All-District first team.

The Academic All-America team honors the best student-athletes. Voting is conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

This is the second consecutive year Moscato has been honored as a first-team Academic All-American. She is the eighth Emory athlete, male or female, ever to be a first team Academic All-American more than once. (The previous seven includes women's tennis player Megan Bern, who was honored in 1996 and 1997.)

Moscato had a 3.93 cumulative grade point average as a biology major. She was a four-time All-American, including doubles this season after advancing to the finals of the NCAA national doubles championship.

Taylor had a 3.91 GPA while pursuing a major in chemistry. She won the NCAA national doubles championship for the second consecutive year and was the NCAA national runner-up in singles for the second year in a row.

This is the 10th and 11th time, all since 1987, that an Emory women's tennis player has been voted to the Academic All-America team.

Voting for the All-America team is done by a national, blue-ribbon committee of CoSIDA members.

The women's at-large sports encompasses bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, and water polo.

 


(June 11) Emory University's Mary Ellen Gordon has been selected as the NCAA Division III Athlete of the Year by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards, sponsored by Honda. Gordon will be honored in New York June 21 along with the Division I and II Athletes of the Year.

Gordon is the first Emory player to be honored with this award which was first presented in 1977. She won the NCAA women's tennis "triple crown" in back-to-back years by winning the team, singles and doubles titles.

Gordon won eight NCAA championships making her the most decorated female tennis player in any NCAA division. She became the first player, male or female, in any NCAA division, to win the doubles championship all four years.

Gordon finished with a career record of 115-14 (.891) in singles and 104-20 (.839) in doubles. Against Division III competition, she was 98-6 (.942) in singles, including 50-0 in the last two seasons combined. She was 89-10 (.899) in doubles against Division III opponents.

Gordon graduated from Emory last month as a business major.

 


(May 29) Two Emory University players have been named to the Academic All-District team for women's at-large sports. Margaret Moscato and Jolyn Taylor both made the Academic All-District first team. Both names now go on the national ballot for the Academic All-America team to be announced later this summer.

The Academic All-District team honors the best student-athletes. Voting is conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Moscato was a first-team Academic All-American and Academic All-District selection last year. She had a 3.93 cumulative grade point average as a biology major. Moscato was a four-time All-American, including doubles this season after advancing to the finals of the NCAA national doubles championship.

Taylor had a 3.91 GPA while pursuing a major in chemistry. She won the NCAA national doubles championship for the second consecutive year and was the NCAA national runner-up in singles for the second year in a row.

This is the 13th and 14th time, all since 1994, that an Emory player has been honored on the Academic All-District team.

Voting for the all-district team is done by CoSIDA members in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

The women's at-large sports encompasses bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, and water polo.

 


(May 17) Emory University became the first women's tennis team in any NCAA division to repeat as "triple crown" winner by capturing the NCAA team, singles and doubles championships. Emory senior Mary Ellen Gordon won the NCAA singles and doubles championships for the second year in a row, both in all-Emory finals.

For the second consecutive year, Gordon beat teammate Jolyn Taylor in the singles finals, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-5. No other school has ever had teammates facing off in the singles finals.

Gordon and Taylor teamed up for their second consecutive doubles title by beating teammates Margaret Moscato and Carina Alberelli in the finals, 6-2, 6-1. This is the first time in Division III history that teammates played each other for the doubles crown.

Gordon becomes the first player in NCAA history, man or woman, in any division, to win the national doubles championship all four years. With two team titles, two singles championships and four doubles championships, Gordon finishes with eight NCAA championships, making her the most decorated female player in NCAA history in any division (only two men have ever won eight NCAA titles).

Gordon, Taylor and Alberelli all reached the singles quarterfinals, marking the second time in Division III history that a school placed three players in the quarterfinals. (The other was Occidental in 1982, the first year of the NCAA championships.)

Gordon was the No. 1 seed in the singles draw. She beat the No. 4, 5 and 6 seeds on the way to the title. Taylor, the No. 6 singles seed, beat the No. 2 and 3 seeds. Alberelli, who was unseeded, beat the No. 8 seed and later lost in the quarterfinals to the No. 4 seed.

Gordon and Taylor did not drop a set in the singles tournament until the finals.

In doubles, Gordon and Taylor were the top seed. Moscato and Alberelli knocked off the No. 4 seed in the doubles semifinals.

This is the fourth time in Division III history that a school had two pairings in the doubles semifinals.

Gordon and Taylor did not lose a set enroute to the doubles title.

The only NCAA men's team to repeat as "triple crown" winners is Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at the Division II championships in 1982-83.

 


(May 15) Emory University won two national honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

Mary Ellen Gordon won the national Senior Player of the Year award. Junior Carina Alberelli won the national Player to Watch award.

Gordon is the defending national NCAA singles champion and a three-time national NCAA doubles champion. She also has won two ITA national singles championships and one ITA national doubles title.

The Player to Watch award is given to the person who has an outstanding season and is projected to perform at that level the rest of their collegiate career. Alberelli has an 18-4 singles record this season and was selected to compete in the NCAA singles championship for the first time.

 


(May 14) Emory University became the second team in NCAA Division III history to win back-to-back national championships. The Eagles won 5-0 in the championship match today against Amherst College (Mass.).

Emory is the first school in Division III history to make three consecutive appearances in the finals of the NCAA team championship. The Eagles won the title in 2003 and were second in 2002.

For the second year in a row, Emory finishes with a perfect 19-0 record against Division III competition. In the last four seasons combined, the Eagles are 69-3 against Division III schools.

Overall, the team was 24-1 this season, losing only to a team ranked No. 1 in the nation in NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics). Emory had eight wins against national top-10 Division III teams and 16 wins against national top-20 Division III teams.

In its four NCAA national tournament matches, Emory did not lose a single point, winning by a combined score of 24-0 while beating four national top-20 teams.

In the round of 16, the Eagles beat Rhodes (Tenn.), 7-0. In the quarterfinals, they beat Redlands (Calif.), 7-0. In the semifinals, Emory knocked off Washington & Lee (Va.), 5-0.

This is the third national title for Emory in women's tennis. Coach Amy Smith has had a hand in all three titles. She played No. 1 singles on Emory's 1996 national champion team and has coached the team to national titles the last two years.


(May 4) Emory University competes in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III national team championship May 12. The Eagles, ranked No. 1 in the nation, face Redalnds (Calif.).

This is a rematch from March 26 this season, won by Emory, 9-0. If Emory wins, its semifinal opponent would be either Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) or Washington & Lee (Va.).

This is the fifth consecutive year Emory has reached the national quarterfinals. Emory is 21-1 this season with its only loss to the No. 3 team in the nation in NAIA.


(May 4) Four Emory University players have been selected for the NCAA Division III national individual championships. Mary Ellen Gordon, Jolyn Taylor, and Carina Alberelli will compete in the singles championship while all three plus Margaret Moscato will pair up for the doubles championship.

This is the second time in school history, the first being last year, that Emory has three players chosen for the NCAA's 32-player singles championship. This is the fourth time ever, but third consecutive year, that two doubles entrants have been selected from Emory for the NCAA's 16-pairing championship field.

Gordon is the defending national singles champion and ranked No. 1 in the nation. Last season, she won in the singles finals against Taylor, who is currently No. 2 in the nation.
Together, Gordon and Taylor are the defending national doubles champion and ranked No. 1 this season.

Alberelli has compiled a 17-4 singles record this season. This is her first appearance in the NCAA individual championships. She will team up with Margaret Moscato in the doubles draw. The two are 26-4 this season. Moscato is a two-time All-American in doubles (with different partner).

The individual championships are May 15-17 in Memphis, Tenn. All four players will be there ahead of time competing in the NCAA national team championship May 12-14. Emory is the defending national champion and ranked No. 1 in the nation this season.

 


(May 4) Mary Ellen Gordon has been named the conference Most Valuable Player for an unprecedented fourth time. She is one of six Emory University players chosen for the all-University Athletic Association first team in singles and doubles. Conference coaches vote for the all-UAA teams based on performances in the annual conference championship.

Gordon is the first female in conference history in any sport to receive the MVP award all four years. She was selected to the all-UAA first team at both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles for the fourth time.

Also on the all-UAA first team in singles are Jolyn Taylor (No. 2), Carina Alberelli (No. 3), Richelle Marasigan (No. 4), Margaret Moscato (No. 5), and Jamie Chan (No. 6). The all-UAA first team in doubles consists of Gordon-Taylor (No. 1), Alberelli-Moscato (No. 2), and Chan-Marasigan (No. 3).

This is the sixth time Moscato has made the all-UAA first team in singles or doubles. She was not eligible for the all-conference team last season because she skipped the conference tournament to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

This is the third time in school history that Emory has claimed all six singles spots and all three doubles spots on the all-UAA first team. The other two times--1996 and 2003--Emory went on to win the national championship.

No other conference school has accomplished this sweep of first-team honors. The only UAA men's team ever to do so is Emory in 1995.

UAA Coaching Staff of the Year honors went to Emory Head Coach Amy Smith and her assistants, Julie Mavity, Glen Hill and Marc Lehman.

Emory won the conference team title for the 17th consecutive year. The Eagles have won every UAA championship since it first conducted tennis championships in 1988. That is the longest title streak in conference history in any sport.


(May 1) Emory University advances to the NCAA Division III national quarterfinals of the regional championship with a 7-0 win over Rhodes College (TN). The Eagles are currently ranked No. 1 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for NCAA Division III schools, while Rhodes is ranked No. 10 in the nation.

Emory swept all three doubles matches by a combined score of 24-11 to go into the singles matches with a 3-0 lead. Mary Ellen Gordon, who played in the No. 1 position, defeated her opponent by a 6-1, 6-2 score and in the No. 2 position, Jolyn Taylor earned a win with a 6-2, 6-0 victory. At the No. 3 spot, Carina Alberelli earned a hard fought victory of 6-3, 7-5 over her opponent, while Richelle Marasigan, who played No. 4 singles, sealed the win for the Eagles with a 6-4, 6-3.


(April 27) Emory University has been selected for the NCAA Division III national tournament for the 20th consecutive year. This is the longest active streak in the nation for Division III women's tennis.

The Eagles, ranked No. 1 in the nation, seek to defend their national championship from 2003.

Emory hosts an NCAA regional tournament this weekend. The Eagles received a first-round bye and will play Saturday at 9 a.m. against the winner of the Rhodes (Tenn.)-Sewanee (Tenn.) match.

If Emory wins Saturday, it advances to the national quarterfinals for the fifth consecutive year, all under Coach Amy Smith.

Selections for the NCAA individual championships will be made next Tuesday, May 4.


(April 25) Emory University defeated three conference opponents in the University Athletic Association championship last weekend to capture its 17th UAA championship. Emory has won every UAA tournament since its inception 17 years ago. Its conference success represents the longest streak in any sport in the UAA.

The Eagles defeated New York, Carnegie Mellon (Penn.), and Washington (Mo.) by the combined score of 24-0 to improve their record to 20-1 on the season. Emory has 11 victories this season over teams ranked in the top-five in Division III regions.

Emory competed with four players who were all-UAA first-team last season in both singles and doubles. Mary Ellen Gordon, Jolyn Taylor, Carina Alberelli, and Jamie Chan now have a combined 75 wins in singles and 81 wins in doubles on the season.

Gordon, the only three-time UAA Most Outstanding Player in tennis, has a chance to become the first female athlete, in any sport, in the UAA to win the distinction four times.


(April 17) Three Eagles singles players are ranked in the top-10 of the latest regional singles rankings. Mary Ellen Gordon and Jolyn Taylor are one and two, respectively, while Carina Alberelli is ranked seventh. The doubles pairing of Gordon/Taylor is ranked No. 1 in the regional doubles rankings while Alberelli/Moscato are tied for No. 2.

Emory has a team ranking of No. 1 in the Atlantic South region. The national rankings for Division III will be announced at the end of May.


(April 16) In a rematch of last year's national finals, No. 1 Emory University defeated the No. 2 team in the nation, Washington & Lee (Va.), 8-1. The Eagles improved its dual match record to 17-1 on the season after winning against the third NCAA Division III national top-10 school in the last eight days.

Emory has won 13 of its 18 dual matches this season by scores of 9-0 or 8-1. Included are wins over one school each in Divisions I and II, nine Division III national top-20 schools, and two NAIA national top-10 schools.

In singles play against Washington & Lee, Mary Ellen Gordon and Jolyn Taylor each defeated regional top-10 players in straight sets. They also defeated the second-ranked regional pair in doubles play.

Emory has replayed its path to last year's national championship in its last two matches. The Eagles defeated its 2003 semifinal opponent, Williams (Mass.), 6-3 and final opponent, Washington & Lee, 5-1. Emory defeated the two schools this season by scores of 6-3 and 8-1.


(April 11) Emory University defeated three NCAA Division III top-15 schools last weekend. The wins came against No. 3 Tufts University, No. 11 Amherst College, and No. 8 Williams College, all schools in the Boston area. Emory's season record in dual matches improved to 16-1, on pace to match last year's school-record setting 24-1 mark. The school is undefeated this season against NCAA competition.

The Eagles are 11-0 against Division III top-20 competition this season, including wins over 5 top-10 teams (Nos. 3, 5, 7, 8, 10). Ten of those 11 matches were played away from home.

Mary Ellen Gordon, Margaret Moscato, and Jamie Chan all won their singles matches. At doubles, Emory's top two pairings won all three of their matches. Moscato, playing No. 2 doubles, is one doubles win away from being the fourth Eagle to reach the 80-win plateau.


(April 3) Emory University lost its first dual match of the season at the No. 1 ranked NAIA school in the nation after winning a school record 32 consecutive matches that dated back to last season. The 8-1 setback came against an Auburn-Montgomery (Ala.) squad that featured five singles players ranked in the top 25 nationally in NAIA and three doubles pairings ranked in the top 10. The Eagles are 13-1 this season and undefeated against NCAA competition.

Not obscured in the loss was Mary Ellen Gordon's 100th career singles victory. Her achievement came against the No. 3 ranked player in NAIA in a 6-0, 6-3 straight set victory. Gordon, a senior, is the first Emory women's tennis player to reach 100 wins all-time and has 18 more than the next Eagle.


(March 28) No.1 Emory University defeated three NCAA Division III top-20 teams, each by the score of 9-0, at the Fab Five tournament. Emory's three opponents at the tournament were #13 Redlands (Calif.), #17 DePauw (Ind.), and #19 University of California at Santa Cruz.

The Eagles improved to 13-0 in dual matches on the season. Emory also continued its streak of 27 consecutive wins over Division III opponents, dating back to last season, with 22 of those 27 teams ranked in the national top 20 at the time of the match.

Mary Ellen Gordon and Jolyn Taylor, Emory's top two singles players and doubles partners, combined to go 9-0 in singles and doubles competition. Neither player dropped a set in the tournament in singles play. Gordon lost three games in singles play while Taylor lost four.

Taylor has a team-best 19-1 singles record on the season and is undefeated against all NCAA competition. Gordon is 10-1 on the season and one win away from 100 career singles wins.

With her three doubles wins over the weekend, senior Margaret Moscato reached top five in the Emory record books for career doubles wins and record.


(March 20) Emory University rolled past Denison (Ohio), ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division III, with a 7-2 victory to remain perfect on the season at 10-0. Denison had previously been unbeaten; and earlier this season, defeated No. 2 ranked Washington & Lee.

Emory, the defending Division III national champion, owns a 24-0 record against Division III opponents during the last two seasons, with 14 of the 24 teams ranked in the national top 10 at the time of the match.

Mary Ellen Gordon, playing No. 1 singles, won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, extending her unbeaten streak against Division III opponents to 32 matches. Junior Carina Alberelli, playing No.1 doubles for the first time in her career, won 8-3 with partner Margaret Moscato. Alberelli currently ranks fourth in Emory history in career doubles record (.780).


(Mar. 16) Emory University, the No.1 ranked NCAA Division III team in the nation, completed its spring break tour in southern California with four wins, all against nationally ranked NCAA Division II and III schools. Emory holds a team record of 9-0.

The Eagles recorded victories of 9-0 and 7-2 over Division II Cal Poly-Pomona and UC-San Diego, respectively ranked No. 19 and No. 20 in the country. Emory also defeated fellow top-15 D-III schools Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (7-2) and Pomona-Pitzer (8-1).

In singles, Emory won 23 of its 24 total matches against the four schools. On the season Emory has lost just three singles matches and is 39-3 overall in dual matches against all levels of NCAA competition.

Several players accomplished individual milestones on the trip. Mary Ellen Gordon now holds the Emory record for most career doubles wins (86). Fellow senior Margaret Moscato joined her in the top 10 with 72 career doubles wins. Moscato and sophomore Jolyn Taylor both moved into the top 20 in Emory history for career singles wins.


(March 8) - Emory University, ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Division III, defeated host UC San Diego, ranked 20th in the NCAA Division II, in non-conference women's tennis action at UCSD's Northview Tennis Courts on Monday afternoon, 7-2.

UCSD began the afternoon by winning a pair of hard-fought doubles matches to take a 2-1 advantage into singles play against the 2003 NCAA Division III national champions. Sophomore Tara Siddiqui and Kristin Bronowicki needed a tiebreaker to get by Carina Alberelli and Margaret Moscato, 9-8 (7-4) at No. 2, while sophomores Allison and Jenna Ishii edged Richelle Marasigan and Jamie Chan, 8-5, at No. 3. Mary Ellen Gordon and Jolyn Taylor defeated Triton senior Julie Westerman and junior Jasmin Dao at No. 1 for Emory's first point.

The Eagles would sweep the singles matches, however, to go on to win comfortably. Westerman and fellow senior Kristina Jansen each took the first sets of their matches at No. 1 and No. 5 against Gordon and Moscato, respectively, only to lose in three. Sophomore Leigh Roberts also extended her opponent, Alberelli, to three sets at No. 3, but lost in the end, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4. Taylor, Marasigan and Chan posted straight-set wins over Dao, sophomore Marissa Hilker and freshman Katie McKee at No. 2, No. 4 and No. 6.

The victory improves Emory's record to 7-0 on the season, while UCSD falls to 8-3 overall. The Eagles have two matches left on a four-match tour through Southern California. Emory downed Claremont, 7-2, on Sunday, and is at Pomona-Pitzer on Tuesday and Cal Poly Pomona on Wednesday before returning home to Atlanta.

Headline courtesy of Doga Gur, Interim Sports Information Director UC-San Diego


(Feb. 29) Emory University remained unbeaten with an 8-1 win against Wofford University (S.C.), an NCAA Division I school.

The Eagles are 5-0 this season with three wins against Division I or NAIA schools. The other two have been against top-20 Division III schools.

A remarkable streak ended today when Mary Ellen Gordon dropped her three-set singles match. It was the end of 29 consecutive singles victories for Gordon, dating back to Oct. 20, 2002, when she lost in the semifinals of the ITA Super Bowl to the NAIA national singles champion. Gordon has not lost a singles match to a Division III player since May 21, 2002, in the semifinals of the NCAA singles championship.


(Feb. 21) Emory University posted back-to-back wins over NCAA Division III top-20 teams. The Eagles won 8-1 against Rhodes College (Tenn.), ranked No.10 in the nation, and 9-0 against University of the South (Tenn.), No. 20.

Margaret Moscato was 4-0 on the day, going 2-0 in singles and 2-0 in doubles. Seven other Eagles also won in singles and doubles.

Emory is 4-0 on the season with three of the four wins against top-10 schools in either the NAIA and NCAA Division III.


(Feb. 18) Emory University, defending national champion, improved to 2-0 on the season following its second straight win over an NAIA nationally top-10 ranked opponent.

The Eagles defeated No. 8 Shorter College (Ga.) 9-0 a day after besting No. 3 Brenau. Senior co-captain Margaret Moscato and Jamie Chan both won their matches 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5 and 6 singles, respectively. The two players also won their separate doubles matches 8-0.


(Feb. 17) Emory University began its defense as the reigning NCAA Division III national champion by winning 7-2 in its first dual match of the year against Brenau College (Ga.), ranked No. 3 in the nation in NAIA.

Mary Ellen Gordon and Jolyn Taylor, last year's Division III national doubles champions, won their doubles match 8-0 and both of their singles matches. Taylor had a perfect day, winning 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles, as she improved to 10-1 in singles this season.


(Jan. 22) Mary Ellen Gordon has been awarded the "College Sportswoman of the Year" by the Georgia Women's Intersport Network. The senior captain of the Emory women's tennis is the most distinguished tennis player, male or female, in conference and school history. In 2002-03, Gordon became the second NCAA Division III player to ever win the NCAA and ITA singles and doubles titles in the same school year. She has been named an All-American for singles and doubles each of the past three seasons. Gordon has also won the conference's Most Outstanding Player award for an unprecedented three consecutive years. She holds the all-time Emory record for career singles wins (89), career singles win percentage (.873), and career doubles win percentage (.800). Gordon has volunteered in the Emory READ, a reading program for elementary school children. She is a business major with a 3.21 grade point average.


(Dec. 15, 2003) Emory University is No. 1 in the nation in NCAA Division III in the end-of-the-fall rankings released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Emory also received a No. 1 team ranking for the South region.

Several Emory players are listed in the regional singles and doubles rankings. Ranked No. 1 in singles is Jolyn Taylor who won the ITA national singles title this fall. Ranked No. 1 in doubles is the Emory duo of Carinna Alberelli and Margaret Moscato, who finished third at the ITA national tournament this fall.

Emory players in the top 20 regional singles rankings are Taylor (1), Moscato (3), Petrel Chapman (8), Jamie Chan (11), Richelle Marisigan (15), and Alberelli (19). Also receiving regional singles rankings are Katherine Powell (29), Breana Lai (32), and Lindsay Tiemeyer (42).

In the regional doubles rankings, Alberelli/Moscato (1) are followed by Taylor/Marisigan (3), and Chan/Powell (16).

Last spring, Emory won the NCAA Division III national team, singles and doubles championships.


(Dec. 9, 2003) Junior Carina Alberelli has been awarded a Kenneth Cole Fellowship.

She is one of less than 20 Emory students selected for the program. The program is a 12-month fellowship that introduces Emory undergraduates to the challenges and opportunities for building community in contemporary urban America.

Alberelli will be involved in a 12-week summer field experience, academic coursework, site visits, and an annual leadership conference. The program begins in January of 2004.

 


(Oct. 18, 2003) Emory University's Jolyn Taylor won the singles title at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national championships.

Taylor, the tournament's top seed, beat Washington & Lee's (Va.) Lindsay Hagerman, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3, in the Division III final. This was a rematch of last spring's semifinal match at the NCAA championships, also won by Taylor.

Taylor is the third Emory player in four years to win the ITA national singles title. Teammate Mary Ellen Gordon, who is studying abroad this semester, won it in 2000 and 2002.

By virtue of the Division III title, Taylor advanced to the ITA "Super Bowl" of Small College Tennis, which features the champions from NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and JUCO.

In the "Super Bowl" semis, Taylor lost to the JUCO national champion, Karine Ionesco of Broward Community College (Fla.), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2).

Emory's doubles team of Margaret Moscato and Carina Alberelli finished third at the ITA nationals. The duo beat Hagerman and Lisa Mabry of Washington & Lee, 6-1, 6-4, in the third-place match.


(Oct. 17, 2003) Jolyn Taylor moved into the singles final at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national championships.

Taylor, the No. 1 singles seed, plays for the Division III championship Saturday against Lindsey Hagerman of Washington & Lee (Va.). This will be a rematch of a semifinal match at the NCAA singles championship last spring, won by Taylor, 6-2, 6-3.

In today's semifinal match, Taylor was a 6-0, 6-0 victor against an opponent from California-Santa Cruz.

Emory's doubles team of Margaret Moscato and Carina Alberelli finished third at the ITA nationals. The duo beat Hagerman and Lisa Mabry of Washington & Lee, 6-1, 6-4, in the third-place match. Earlier in the day, Moscato-Alberelli lost their semifinal match to the tournament's No. 1 seed, a pairing from Pomona-Pitzer (Calif.), 6-0, 1-6, 10-5.

If Taylor wins, she advances to the ITA "Super Bowl" this weekend featuring the singles champs from NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA, and JUCO.


(Oct. 16, 2003) Both Emory University entries were first-day winners at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national championships.

Jolyn Taylor, the No. 1 singles seed, was a 6-2, 6-0 winner against a foe from St. Benedict (Minn.). She plays in the semifinals versus a player from California-Santa Cruz.

The doubles pairing of Carina Alberelli and Margaret Moscato won 6-2, 6-1 against a duo from College of New Jersey.


(Oct. 14, 2003) Emory University's Jolyn Taylor has been awarded the top seed for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national singles championship. The ITA nationals are Oct. 16-19 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Taylor is competing in the ITA nationals for the second consecutive year. Last year, she and Mary Ellen Gordon won the national doubles title in the NCAA Division III draw and later repeated at the NCAA championships.

Taylor was the national runner-up in singles at the NCAA championships last spring.

This fall, she won the ITA regional singles title in late September. She also was the No. 1 singles seed at the ITA regionals.

The Emory doubles team of Margaret Moscato and Carina Alberelli, is unseeded in the doubles draw for Division III.


(Sept. 27, 2003) Three Emory University players advanced to the semifinals of the singles draw at the ITA regionals.

Emory's Jolyn Taylor, the tourney's No. 1 seed, faces teammate Petrel Chapman in Sunday's semifinals. The other singles semifinal match is Emory's Margaret Moscato against an opponent from Hardin-Simmons (Texas).

The doubles final for Sunday is an all-Emory affair. The pairing of Moscato and Carina Alberelli, seeded fourth, faces the duo of Taylor and Richelle Marasigan, the third seed.

Taylor advanced to the singles semis by beating teammate Jamie Chan, the No. 8 seed. Chapman upset the tournament's No. 5 seed in the round of 32 and subsequently won her quarterfinal match against a University of the South player. Moscato beat teammate Katherine Powell to reach the semis.

Moscato and Alberelli knocked off the No. 1 seed in the doubles semifinals, a duo from Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.). Taylor-Marasigan were semifinal winners against a Hardin-Simmons entry.

Last year, Taylor was the singles runner-up to Emory's Mary Ellen Gordon. Along the way, Gordon knocked off Chapman in the round of 16. Moscato was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Chan. Taylor teamed with Gordon to win the doubles title.


(Sept. 26, 2003) Seven Emory University players advanced to the round of 16 in the singles draw at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association regional tournament. Two Emory doubles pairings reached the quarterfinals.

In the forefront of the Emory lineup is Jolyn Taylor, the NCAA national singles runner-up last spring and this tournament's No. 1 seed. Teammate Mary Ellen Gordon, the reigning NCAA singles champion, is spending the semester abroad.

Other Emory players still competing in singles are No. 4 seed Margaret Moscato, No. 8 Jamie Chan, Lindsay Tiemeyer, Petrel Chapman, Katherine Powell and Breana Lai.

Taylor and Richelle Marasigan, seeded third in the doubles draw, are in the quarterfinals along with the fourth seeded pairing of Moscato and Carina Alberelli. Taylor and Gordon won the NCAA doubles crown last spring.

The winner of the ITA regionals earns a spot in the ITA nationals Oct. 16-19 in Corpus Christi, Texas.