• 7-time NCAA National Champions
  • 5-time ITA National Indoor Champions
  • 6 NCAA Singles Titles
  • 4 NCAA Doubles Titles
  • 39 Individual All-Americans

2007-08 Women's Tennis Season Recap

Emory University Women's Tennis made its return to the NCAA Quarterfinals during the 2008 season, as the squad once again proved why it is one of the top programs in the Nation.

During the NCAA team tournament, Emory advanced through the regional rounds with ease, dispensing both 15th-ranked Washington University (Mo.) and 19th-ranked Trinity University (Texas) with perfect 5-0 results.  However, the Eagles, seeded fourth in the tournament, were tripped up in the quarterfinals round by fifth-seeded Denison University (Ohio), 5-2.  The Eagles would finish the season with a 16-10 record and ranked fifth in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) final poll.

Emory top-doubles pairing of Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers would make a statement in the NCAA National Doubles Tournament, defeating the top-seeded team in the first round, and advancing all the way to the semifinals, before losing to the eventual two-time champions, third-seeded Brittany Berckes and Alicia Menezes of Amherst College (Mass.).  The two Emory sophomores would finish the season as the top-ranked doubles team in the Atlantic South Region.

Other regionally-ranked Emory players at the end of the campaign included Nash, ranked fifth in singles play, freshman Lorne McManigle, the 10th-ranked singles player, sophomore Kirsten Hillock, ranked 18th in singles play, and Rogers, ranked 24th in singles play.  The Eagles' doubles pairing of Hillock and junior Jenny Moscato finished the year ranked 13th in the region.

The Eagles would claim their 21st-consecutive University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship during the season, defeating Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) and the 30th-ranked University of Chicago (Ill.), before taking home the championship with an 8-1 win over ninth-ranked Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) in the final match.  Nash was named the UAA's Most Valuable Player, while six other Eagles earned all-UAA first team honors for their performances during the tournament.

Emory would finish the season with a 13-3 record against Division III opponents, with each of the three losses coming against opponents ranked in the top-five in the Nation. 

The Eagles also made a strong showing during the annual Fall ITA Regionals, as Emory parlayed home-court advantage into a sweep of the singles and doubles brackets.  Rogers would defeat classmate Kirsten Hillock in the regional finals of the singles bracket, while Rogers and newcomer Sara Vrabec defeated Moscato and freshman Bavana Ketha in the doubles matches.

The following Eagles earned honors during the 2007-08 season:

All-America (Intercollegiate Tennis Association)

Sabra Rogers

Charleston, SC (Bishop England)

Singles (Fall), Doubles (Fall & Spring)

Tshema Nash

San Marino, CA (Polytechnic)

Doubles (Spring), Singles (ITA Ranking)

Sara Vrabec

Menasha, WI (St. Mary Central)

Doubles (Fall)

UAA Most Valuable Player

Tshema Nash

San Marino, CA (Polytechnic)

UAA Coaching Staff of the Year

Amy Bryant

Head Coach

Meredith Vincent

Assistant Coach

All-Conference (University Athletic Association)

First Team

Tshema Nash

San Marino, CA (Polytechnic)

No. 1 Singles, No. 1 Doubles

First Team

Kirsten Hillock

Willowbrook, IL (Hinsdale Cen.)

No. 3 Singles

First Team

Leah Seyburn

Roslyn, NY (Roslyn)

No. 4 Singles

First Team

Sara Vrabec

Menasha, WI (St. Mary Central)

No. 5 Singles, No. 3 Doubles

First Team

Jenny Moscato

Las Cruces, NM (Mayfield)

No. 6 Singles

First Team

Sabra Rogers

Charleston, SC (Bishop England)

No. 1 Doubles

First Team

Lorne McManigle

Rockville, MD (Stone Ridge)

No. 3 Doubles

 

Team Awards
Most Valuable Player Kirsten Hillock
Most Improved Sara Vrabec
Sportsmanship Bavana Ketha
Rookie of the Year Lorne McManigle
Coach's Award Sara Vrabec