EMORY'S MEREDITH VINCENT NAMED ITA REGIONAL ASSISTANT
COACH OF THE YEAR
(May 27) Emory University assistant women's tennis coach Meredith Vincent has been named the Women's Tennis Assistant Coach of the Year for the Atlantic South Region, by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
This season, Vincent helped lead Emory to a third-place finish at the NCAA Division III Team Championships and to a 22-5 record overall. In addition, she saw her players win the NCAA singles tournament, and the ITA Fall Regional singles and doubles championships.
During Vincent's three years with the Eagles, Emory has advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals twice and won three University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships. She has coached her players to 13 all-America honors and 24 all-UAA honors to date, while earning UAA Coaching Staff of the Year honors twice.
EMORY'S LORNE MCMANIGLE NOMINATED FOR THE HONDA DIVISION III ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD
(May 27) Lorne McManigle, of the Emory University women's tennis team, has been nominated as a candidate for the 2008-09 Division III Athlete of the Year, to be presented at the Collegiate Women Sports Awards in June.
McManigle was chosen as the Division III tennis representative,
and will be one of 11 nominees selected, including Emory swimmer
Liz Horvat. Other nominees include Marie
Borner of Bethel University (cross country), Liz Decima of Ohio
Northern University (softball), Ashley Huston of Hardin-Simmons
University (track and field), Hillary Klimowicz of the College of
New Jersey (basketball), Susan Martin of Methodist University
(golf), Lindsay McNamara of Bowdoin College (field hockey), Amanda
Naeher of Messiah College (soccer), Jen Pritchard of Franklin and
Marshall College (lacrosse) and Amber Thomas of Juniata College
(volleyball). Emory is the only school with two nominees for
McManigle recently won the singles tournament at the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships, becoming just the second Eagle to do so. The sophomore finished the season with a 25-10 record in singles matches, including a 12-2 mark in tournament play. McManigle also went 23-6 in doubles matches during the year, including 16-3 when paired with teammate Zahra Dawson. In the fall, McManigle earned all-America honors in both singles and doubles by winning the Fall ITA Regionals. She helped the Eagles to a 22-5 record and a third-place finish at the Division III team championships.
McManigle will try to join former Eagle Mary Ellen Gordon as an Athlete of the Year honoree. Gordon, a fellow women's tennis player, won the award for her performance during the 2003-04 season.
The Collegiate Women Sports Awards has completed its 33rd year and recognizes the top woman collegiate athlete in each of 11 sports in Divisions III as nominees for the Division III Athlete of the Year. Divisions III athletes are nominated by national coaches associations for each of the 11 sports: basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, track and field and volleyball. The athletes are placed on ballots emailed to all Division III Senior Women Administrators in June every year and the Athlete of the Year is determined by the outcome of the voting.
The awards program is sponsored by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and to celebrate these awards American Honda Motor Co., Inc. donates $1,000 to the women's athletic fund of each Honda Sports Award nominee's university and each Division III nominee's university. The Division III winner's institutions receive $5,000 each.
A press conference will be held June 22, 2009 at Columbia University in New York City to announce and present The Divisions II and III Athletes of the Year along with the recipients of the Honda-Broderick Cup the Honda Inspiration Award.
EMORY'S LORNE MCMANIGLE WINS THE NCAA DIVISION III
INDIVIDUAL WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP
(May 24) Lorne McManigle became the second individual champion in the history of the Emory University women's tennis program, as the sophomore defeated Ploy Suthijindawong 6-2, 6-1 at the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships.
"It hasn't really set in yet," said McManigle after the match, "But, it feels great to bring the championship back to Emory.
McManigle, who entered the tournament as the fifth seed, was pitted against the unseeded Suthhijindawong of the College of St. Scholastica.
The first set was a back-and-forth affair through the first five games, with neither player able to break the other's serve. Leading 3-2, McManigle took control of the match in the sixth game by breaking Suthijindawong's serve with a win after the first deuce. She would then claim the first set, winning the next game after four deuces, followed by a victory after deuce point in the eighth game to break Suthijindawong's serve for the second time in the set.
McManigle carried the momentum from the first set into the second set, winning her serve in the first game before dropping the second. However, McManigle played dominantly the rest of the way, winning five straight games to clinch the victory, including two service breaks of Suthijindawong. McManigle did not have her serve broken throughout the match.
"I have never had a player with as much focus as Lorne," said Emory head coach Amy Bryant. "She played everyone exactly right throughout the tournament."
McManigle becomes the second individual in Emory history to win the NCAA Division III Women's Championship, joining former Eagle Mary Ellen Gordon, who won the singles championship in both 2003 and 2004. McManigle had the opportunity to earn the championship in front of a large number of Emory supporters, who made the trip up I-85 to Lawrenceville, Georgia, to see the title match.
Later today, on the other side of the country, Emory's Michael Goodwin will be competing for the NCAA Division III Men's Individual Championship. Should he win, it would mark the 3rd time in NCAA Division III history that the men's and women's individual champion has come from the same school. Principia's Toby Clark and Courtney Allen accomplished the feat in both 1985 and 1987.
With the conclusion of the NCAA Division III Championships, the 2008-09 season has ended for the Eagles.
MCMANIGLE WINS TWO ON SATURDAY TO ADVANCE TO THE NCAA
DIII WOMEN'S TENNIS SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
(May 23) Fifth-seeded Lorne McManigle of Emory University clinched a spot in the NCAA Division III Women's Singles Championship Match with a pair of victories on Saturday afternoon.
McManigle opened the day with a thrilling three-set, upset victory over fourth-seeded Julia Browne from Tufts University. After McManigle won the first set 6-3, Browne answered back with a 6-3 victory of her own to force a third and deciding set. With the third set knotted at six apiece, McManigle would win the tiebreaker 7-3 to advance to the semfinal match.
McManigle was pitted against the College of New Jersey's Jackie Schtemberg in her semifinal match. The Eagles' sophomore continued her hot streak, winning the first set 7-5, and the second set 6-3.
McManigle will compete for the NCAA Division III Singles Championship at noon on Sunday, at the Collins Hill Athletic Club in Lawrenceville, GA. Should she win, she would become the first Emory singles champion in women's tennis since Mary Ellen Gordon in 2004.
McManigle will face Ploy Suthijindawong of the College of St. Scholastica in the championship match. McManigle will enter the match with a record of 24-10, including five-consecutive victories, while Suthijindawong is 24-1 on the campaign.
Meanwhile, in yesterday's doubles tournament action, Emory's top doubles pair of juniors Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers fell 6-3, 6-4 to the tournament's top seeded pairing of Siobhan Finicane and Olivia Muesse of Pomona-Pitzer College.
Tomorrow's action will conclude the 2008-09 season for the Emory women's tennis team.
MCMANIGLE ADVANCES TO THE NCAA SINGLES TOURNAMENT
(May 22) Emory University's Lorne McManigle won her first two matches of the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Singles Tournament, advancing to the quarterfinal round of the tournament on Saturday.
McManigle, the fifth seed of the tournament, won her match in the opening round against Rachael Miller of the University of Redlands, 6-2, 6-2. She followed her first round victory with a straight-set 6-4, 6-2 victory over Victoria Aiello of Middlebury College in the second round.
While the first round of matches was played as scheduled at the Collins Hill Athletic Club in Lawrenceville, GA, the second round matches were moved indoors to the Racquet Club of the South to accommodate bad weather in the area after approximately a two-hour rain delay.
McManigle, a sophomore, will look to pick up an upset in the quarterfinals, as she will face off against Tufts University's Julia Browne, the fourth seed in the tournament. Quarterfinal matches will begin on Saturday at 9:00 AM, followed by the semifinals for advancing players at 12:00 PM. The singles tournament finals will be held at 12:00 PM on Sunday.
Also competing in the singles tournament for Emory was freshman Zahra Dawson, who fell 6-4, 7-6 to sixth seed Sarah D'Elia of Bowdoin College in the first round.
Emory's top pairing of juniors Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers will be competing in the doubles tournament on Friday as well, facing the top-seeded pair from Pomona-Pitzer College of Siobhan Finicane and Olivia Muesse. The meeting is a familiar one between the two doubles teams, which met in the first round of the 2008 tournament, with the unseeded pair from Emory upsetting the then-top seeded doubles team 6-2, 6-4. Earlier this week in the team tournament, Nash and Rogers fell to Finicane and Muesse 9-7 in the first-doubles match.
Click here to follow the live scoring of the doubles competition. **Note: While the doubles matches were scheduled for a 3:00 PM start on Friday, it has been pushed back due to the rain delay.**
EAGLES FINISH THIRD AT NCAA DIVISION III WOMEN'S TENNIS
(May 21) With a 5-1 win over the fourth-ranked University of Chicago on Thursday, Emory University clinched third place at the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Team Championships in Lawrenceville, GA.
Thursday's match was a familiar scene for the two University Athletic Association (UAA) teams, who had met twice already during the season. During the Fab Five Tournament on March 29th, the Eagles defeated the Maroons 5-4 in Atlanta, GA. Emory also defeated Chicago 5-4 during the semifinals of the conference tournament on April 25th.
Less than a month removed from the last meeting, Emory took a 2-1 during the doubles portion of the match. For the third time this season, the Eagles' second doubles team of sophomore Lorne McManigle and freshman Zahra Dawson defeated their Chicago counterparts, winning 8-2 over Jennifer Kung and Vindya Dayananda. Junior all-Americans Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers added a point with a 9-7 victory over Kendra Higgins and Chrissy Hu in the first doubles match. Chicago would answer with an 8-6 win from Carmen VacaGuzman and Tiffany Nguyen over Emory's Daniela Schechter and Sara Vrabec in the third doubles match.
In singles play, Emory sophomore Lindsay Reidenbach struck the first blow, defeating Chrissy Hu 6-2, 6-0 in the fourth-singles match, bouncing back from her first singles defeat since February 21st in yesterday's match against Williams College. Schechter, a freshman, put the Eagles a point away from victory with a 6-0, 6-2 win in the fifth singles match against Chicago's Vindya Dayananda. Dawson would clinch the match with a 6-3, 6-3 win in her second singles contest to secure the national third-place finish for Emory.
The Eagles have now finished third in the Nation or better nine times in the program's history, including seven times in the last nine years.
Thursday's match ends team competition for the Eagles in the 2009 season. The Eagles finished the year with a 22-5 record, the most wins by an Emory team since the 2004 campaign, and the second-best win total in school history. Chicago dropped to 17-6 on the season with the loss.
Starting on Thursday, McManigle and Dawson will be competing in the NCAA Singles Championships, while Nash and Rogers will take part in the doubles competition. In addition, McManigle and Dawson are the first-alternate team to the doubles bracket, and would compete if a team were to drop out. The singles and doubles brackets will be announced by 5:00 PM on Thursday, on the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championship website.
THIRD-RANKED EAGLES FALL TO #2 WILLIAMS COLLEGE AT NCAA
(May 20) Emory University fell out of contention for the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championship on Wednesday, as the third-ranked Eagles suffered a 5-0 defeat at the hands of second-ranked Williams College.
The Eagles were behind from the start, dropping all three of their doubles matches. In the first-doubles match, the Atlantic South Region's top-ranked pairing of Emory's Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers fell 8-4 to Williams' Cary Gibson and Nicole Reich, ranked third in the Northeast region. The story was the same for Emory's Lorne McManigle and Zahra Dawson, who lost to Grace Baljon and Taylor French, 8-6. Rounding out doubles play, Sara Vrabec and Daniela Schechter dropped an 8-5 decision to Annie Hancock and Kirstin Alotta.
Emory was unable to pick up any momentum in the singles matches, with Dawson falling 6-4, 6-4 in the second singles match to Cary Gibson, and Lindsay Reidenbach dropping her fourth singles match, 6-4, 6-1, to Kristin Alotta. The loss for Reidenbach ended a 20-match winning streak for the sophomore.
The rest of the singles matches were left unfinished, with McManigle up a set in the first-singles match and Kirsten Hillock leading her sixth singles contest, while Nash and Schechter trailed by a set in their third and fifth singles matches, respectively.
Emory dropped to 21-5 on the season with the loss, while Williams improved to 20-2 and will advance to the NCAA Championship match. The two teams have now met four times in the NCAA Championships, with the winner in the previous three matches eventually winning the NCAA Title.
Emory will play for third place at the NCAA Championships at 9:00 AM on Thursday, facing the loser of the University of Chicago - Amherst College match, to be played later today.
#3 EMORY ADVANCES TO NCAA SEMIFINALS WITH A 5-1 WIN OVER
(May 19) For the 10th time in school history, the Emory University women's tennis team has advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals, as the third-ranked Eagles defeated the seventh-ranked Sagehens of Pomona-Pitzer College 5-1 during the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Playing at the Collins Hill Athletic Club in nearby Lawrenceville, GA, the Eagles looked particularly strong in the first match of the day at the championships. Emory improved to 21-4 with the win, its 16th in the last 17 contests, while Pomona-Pitzer ended its season with an 18-5 record.
Emory's second-doubles team of sophomore Lorne McManigle and freshman Zahra Dawson, ranked fifth in the Atlantic South Region, set the tone for the Eagles, claiming the first point of the day with an 8-3 win over their counterparts, Rebecca Lange and Kasyn Stevenson, ranked 13th in the West Region. That was followed by a 9-7 win in the third-doubles match for Emory's duo of junior Sara Vrabec and freshman Daniela Schechter, over Lindsay Clough and Kristin Holsted.
Dawson and McManigle improved to 15-2 on the season with their seventh-consecutive win, while Schechter and Vrabec earned the win in their first match together this season.
In a meeting of the top-ranked doubles teams in the Atlantic South and West regions, Emory junior Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers suffered a hard-fought 9-7 defeat to Siobhan Finicane and Oliva Muesse, putting the score at 2-1 heading into the singles matches. Rogers and Nash fell to 12-12 on the year with the loss.
Dawson was also the first Emory singles player to finish, as the region's sixth-ranked player won the second-singles contest 6-3, 6-0 over her regionally sixth-ranked counterpart, Lange, to put Emory on top 3-1. A fifth singles victory from Schechter (6-1, 6-2) put the Eagles a match away from clinching. Fourth-singles player Lindsay Reidenbach would do just that, winning her 20th-consecutive match by a 6-3, 6-2 score to give Emory a berth into the semifinals.
Nash and Hillock each led one set to none in their matches (third- and sixth-singles, respectively), and first-singles player McManigle trailed one set to none, when the match was stopped once the Eagles won.
This year will mark Emory's first trip to the semifinals since the 2006 season, when the Eagles won the NCAA Division III Championship.
The Eagles will play their semifinal match against second-seeded Williams College, which squeaked out a 5-4 victory over Denison, on Wednesday at 9:00 AM. The Eagles fell to the Ephs, the reigning National Champion, 5-4 earlier in the season.
This will be the fourth NCAA Tournament meeting between the two Division III women's tennis powerhouses. Williams defeated Emory 6-3 in both the semfinal round (en route to a National Championship) in 2001 and the finals in 2002. The Eagles got over the hump with a 6-3 win of their own during the 2003 semifinals, starting a string of four-consecutive National Championships for Emory.
#3 EMORY WOMEN'S TENNIS TO FACE POMONA-PITZER AT THE
NCAA DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIPS
(May 15) The third-seeded Emory University women's tennis team will take on seventh-seeded Pomona-Pitzer College in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division III Championships. The two squads will face off at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, May 19th in Lawrenceville, GA.
Emory currently stands at 20-4 this season, while Pomona-Pitzer holds an 18-4 record.
Should the Eagles win, they will face the winner of the match between second-seeded Williams College and Denison University in the semifinal match on May 20th at 9:00 PM. The National Championship match will be held on May 21st at 1:00 PM.
In addition to the team championships, Lorne McManigle and Zahra Dawson are scheduled to compete in the singles championships, while Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers are entered in the doubles bracket, from May 22nd-24th. McManigle and Dawson are also the first doubles alternates, should a team in the bracket drop out.
The NCAA Division III Women's Championships are hosted by Oglethorpe University and the Gwinnett Sports Commission, and will be held at the Collins Hill Athletic Club in Lawrenceville, GA.
THIRD-RANKED EMORY ADVANCES TO THE NCAA QUARTERFINALS WITH A 5-2 WIN OVER FIFTH-RANKED WASHINGTON & LEE
(May 11) Third-ranked Emory University clinched a spot in the
quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis
Championships with a 5-2 win over fifth-ranked Washington and Lee
University on Sunday.
In the first match of the tournament between two teams seeded in the top five, Emory fell behind in the early going to the underdog Generals, as the Eagles' second doubles team of Lorne McManigle and Zahra Dawson earned the team's only doubles point with an 8-3 win over their counterparts.
Down 2-1 and needed to win four of the six singles matches to avoid elimination, Emory's players responded. Emory senior Tshema Nash won 6-2, 6-2 in the third-singles match, followed by a 6-1, 6-1 win for Lindsay Reidenbach in the fourth contest, and a 6-3, 6-2 victory for freshman Daniela Schechter in the fifth-singles match. Dawson won her second-singles match 7-5, 0-6, 6-1 over Ellen Yeatman to clinch the win for Emory. The first and sixth singles contests were not finished after the Eagles clinched.
Dawson and McManigle continued their impressive doubles play, winning their sixth-consecutive match and improving to a team-best 14-2 overall this year. Dawson, a freshman, has also won five-straight singles matches, and is 21-7 this season. Reidenbach, a sophomore, has not lost in 19-straight matches and is 22-3 on the campaign, while Schechter is now 11-3 in singles contest.
It marks the 20th time in the history of the program that the team has advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, and the ninth time in the last 10 years.
The Eagles improved to 2-0 this season against the Generals, after having previously beaten Washington and Lee on April 17th. Emory not only had the challenge of facing a top-ranked team, but were also able to top the Generals on their home court in Lexington, VA.
Emory is now 11-2 this season against ranked Division III opponents and 20-4 overall, including wins in 15 of its last 16 matches (the team's only loss during the streak was a 5-4 defeat to top-ranked Williams College). Washington and Lee finished its season 20-5.
FOUR EAGLES SELECTED TO COMPETE AT THE NCAA DIVISION III
WOMEN'S TENNIS SINGLES AND DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIPS
(May 7) Emory University sophomore Lorne McManigle and freshman Zahra Dawson were selected to the field of 32 players at the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Singles Championships, while the Eagles' pairing of juniors Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers were selected as one of the 16 teams in the doubles bracket.
In addition, Dawson and McManigle are the first alternate pairing to the doubles bracket. Should one of the 16 doubles teams selected be unable to compete, Dawson and McManigle would be the first team selected to fill the spot.
Emory is one of seven schools that had multiple players selected to the singles championship. The Eagles are the only team to have a doubles qualifier and an alternate. No school has two pairings selected for the doubles tournament.
McManigle is the second-ranked player in the Atlantic South Region, according to the latest Campbell's/ ITA Division III poll. She has recorded a 19-10 overall record in singles play this year, including a mark of 12-8 in first-singles matches during the spring season. McManigle has already earned all-America honors this year, finishing first in singles and doubles play at the Fall ITA Regional Tournament.
In her first year of collegiate competition, Dawson holds a 20-7 record, including wins in 11 of her last 12 matches. Earlier in the season, she earned a nod to the all-University Athletic Association (UAA) first team as the second-singles player. Dawson is currently the sixth-ranked singles player in the region.
Nash and Rogers, the top-ranked doubles team in the region, advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship last season. This year, the pairing has a record of 11-10, including a 2-1 mark in the recent UAA Tournament. Rogers has earned all-America honors in doubles play in each of her first three seasons on the team, while Nash was a doubles all-American last season.
McManigle and Dawson have gone 12-2 in doubles matches this season, and are currently ranked fifth in the region. The duo went 3-0 as Emory's second-doubles team during the UAA Tournament, earning all-UAA first team honors.
The singles and doubles championships will be co-hosted by Oglethorpe University and the Gwinnett Sports Commission from May 22nd - 24th at the Collins Hill Athletic Club in Lawrenceville, GA. The singles and doubles matches will follow the NCAA Division III team championships, which will be held from May 19th - 21st.
Emory, ranked third in Division III, will begin its NCAA Tournament run at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 9th in Lexington, VA, with the second round of the team tournament. The Eagles, who received a first-round bye, will play the winner of Friday's match between Agnes Scott College and Grove City College.
EMORY WOMEN'S TENNIS SEEDED THIRD AT THE NCAA
TOURNAMENT; WILL PLAY SATURDAY IN LEXINGTON, VA
(May 5) Emory University has been selected as the third seed in the NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament, and will open play on Saturday, May 9th in Lexington, VA, after a first round bye. The Eagles will face the winner of the first-round match between Agnes Scott College and Grove City College.
Emory received an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament after winning the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship on April 26th. This is the 25th-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the Eagles, who have won the National Championship in 1996, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. Last season, Emory advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament, marking the 11th time in 13 seasons that the Eagles have won their regional bracket.
Also receiving a bye in Emory's regional bracket is the host school, Washington and Lee University, which is seeded fifth overall in the tournament. The Generals' second-round match will be against the winner of the first-round contest between Meredith College and Gwynedd-Mercy College. Should the Eagles win their second-round match on Saturday, they will face the winner of that match on Sunday, May 10th, for the right to move on to the NCAA quarterfinals.
Emory's path to the quarterfinals will be one of the more difficult in this year's tournament. The Eagles, who enter the tournament as the third-ranked team in the latest Campbell's/ ITA Division III poll, are in one of only two regional brackets with two seeded teams. Should the Eagles and the Generals each advance to the third round, it will be the earliest meeting in the entire national tournament between top-five seeded squads. Emory will also have to defeat Washington and Lee on their home court.
Earlier in the season, Emory defeated Washington and Lee, then-ranked second in the nation, 6-3 on a neutral court in Spartanburg, SC. The Eagles have not faced any other teams in their bracket this season.
Emory will enter the tournament with an 18-4 overall record, including a 15-2 record against Division III teams. Emory has won 13 of its last 14 matches.
DAWSON HEADLINES FIVE EAGLES RECEIVING ALL-UAA WOMEN'S
(Apr. 30) Following its 22nd-consecutive conference championship, five members of the Emory University women's tennis team were named to the all-University Athletic Association (UAA) team. Freshman Zahra Dawson led the way with nods to the all-UAA first team as the Eagles' second-singles and second-doubles player.
Joining Dawson on the all-UAA first team were sophomores Lindsay Reidenbach as the fourth-singles player, and Lorne McManigle as Dawson's second-doubles teammate. Junior Tshema Nash and freshman Daniela Schechter each earned all-UAA second team honors as Emory's third- and fifth-singles players, respectively.
Dawson recorded a perfect 3-0 record in her second-singles matches at the UAA Tournament, including a 6-4, 6-1 win over her counterpart from third-ranked Carnegie Mellon University to clinch the conference championship for Emory. The all-UAA honor is the first of the freshman's career.
Dawson teamed with McManigle in doubles play, recording a 3-0 record as the Eagles' second doubles team. The first team doubles honor was the second of McManigle's career.
Reidenbach extended her singles winning streak to 18 matches with a 3-0 record as the Eagles' fourth-singles player at the UAA Tournament. The all-UAA honor is the first of her career.
Nash went 2-1 in singles matches at the tournament. She has now earned all-UAA honors in singles play in all three years of competition. Schechter went 2-1 in singles play, including a 1-1 mark as the Eagles' fifth-singles player, with her win coming in the championship match.
The Eagles, currently ranked fourth in the nation, await the release of the NCAA Division III Tournament bracket, scheduled for Monday, May 4th at 7:00 PM at NCAA.com. The first rounds of the tournament will be held from Friday, May 8th - Sunday, May 10th.
FOURTH-RANKED EMORY WINS 22nd-CONSECUTIVE UAA WOMEN'S
TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP WITH 5-4 UPSET WIN OVER #3 CARNEGIE
(Apr. 26) The Emory University women's tennis team, ranked fourth in the nation, earned an upset win over third-ranked Carnegie Mellon University, 5-4, to win its 22nd-consecutive University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship.
Emory clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-1 win for freshman Zahra Dawson in the second-singles match, giving the Eagles a 5-2 lead at the time, and making the final two singles contest irrelevant to the outcome of the match. Emory also picked up wins in the fourth-singles match from Lindsay Reidenbach (6-1, 6-0) and the fifth-singles match from Daniela Schechter (6-1, 6-0).
Reidenbach has now won 18 consecutive singles matches, and is a team-best 21-3 this season. Dawson won all three of her UAA matches, and is 20-7 on the season.
The Eagles took a 2-1 lead after doubles play. Emory's first-doubles team of Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers earned an 8-6 victory, while the second-doubles squad of Dawson and McManigle won 8-0.
Dawson and McManigle went 3-0 in doubles play at the UAA Championships, improving to 12-2 on the year, while Nash and Rogers finished the tournament with a 2-1 record.
"The girls were match-tough," said Emory head coach Amy Bryant. "They did not give up. The way we competed shows how far we have come during this season."
Emory has won the UAA Women's Tennis Championship every year of competition, one of the more impressive streaks in all of college sports, but the streak was in doubt after a 6-3 loss to Carnegie Mellon earlier in the season. However, Emory avenged the loss with the win on Sunday, setting themselves up to likely be ranked second in the nation in the next Campbell's/ ITA Division III poll, and a strong contender for the NCAA Division III team title.
The Eagles have won 13 of their last 14 matches since the loss to Carnegie Mellon on March 1st. Emory's only loss during the streak was a 5-4 defeat at the hands top-ranked Williams College. Emory has defeated five teams ranked in the top-five in the nation this season.
The win raises Emory's record to 18-4 this season, while Carnegie Mellon fell to 19-2 with the loss.
The Eagles will now await the announcement of the NCAA Division III Tournament bracket, to find out who they will be playing in the regional rounds of postseason competition.
#4 EMORY COMES FROM BEHIND TO DEFEAT #5 CHICAGO; WILL
PLAY #3 CARNEGIE MELLON FOR THE UAA CHAMPIONSHIP ON
(Apr. 25) The fourth-ranked Emory University women's tennis team trailed the fifth-ranked University of Chicago 2-1 after doubles play, but the Eagles claimed victory in four of the six singles matches to earn a 5-4 win over the Maroons. With the win, Emory will advance to the UAA Championship match against third-ranked Carnegie Mellon University on Sunday at 9:00 AM.
Emory's only win in doubles play came in a thrilling 9-8 (10-8) win in the second match from Zahra Dawson and Lorne McManigle.
In singles play, Emory would get wins in the second, fourth and sixth matches from Dawson, Lindsay Reidenbach and Kirsten Hillock, respectively, but lose in the first and fifth matches to even the score at 4-4 with one match left to be decided. Emory all-American and third-singles play Tshema Nash would write the Eagles' ticket to the UAA Championship with a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 come-from-behind win over her counterpart.
Emory improved to 17-4 on the season with the win, earning their second victory of the year over Chicago. The Maroons fell to 13-5 on the season with the loss.
Emory will look to win its 22nd-consecutive UAA Championship on Sunday, as the Eagles will face Carnegie Mellon. The Eagles suffered a 6-3 loss to the Tartans on March 1st of this season, in the finals of the ITA Indoor Championships. Sunday's championship is scheduled for a 9:00 AM start at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.
FOURTH-RANKED EMORY WINS UAA OPENER 9-0 OVER
(Apr. 24) The Emory University women's tennis team, fourth in the Campbell's/ ITA Division III rankings, looked strong in its opening match of the University Athletic Association (UAA) Tournament, as the second-seeded Eagles defeated seventh-seed New York University 9-0.
Emory's doubles teams set the tone for the match, as the Eagles came away with victories in each of the three contests. The first-doubles pairing of Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers, and the second-doubles team of Zahra Dawson and Lorne McManigle, each picked up 8-1 victories over their NYU counterparts. Emory's third-doubles team of Lindsay Reidenbach and Sara Vrabec claimed an 8-5 win.
The story was similar in singles play, as Emory swept through all six matches to complete the shutout win. The Eagles did not lose a set in any of the six singles matches.
With the win, Emory improves to 16-4 on the season and advances to the semifinal round of the tournament. The Eagles will face the nationally fifth-ranked and third-seeded University of Chicago at 12:00 PM on Saturday, at Wellesley College.
#4 EMORY SEEDED SECOND AT THE UAA WOMEN'S TENNIS
(Apr. 22) Emory University, ranked fourth in Division III according to the latest Campbell's/ ITA Rankings, has been seeded second at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships, which will begin on Friday, April 24th.
The Eagles will open up the tournament against New York University at 1:30 PM on Friday. Should the Eagles win their opening match, they will play the winner of the third-seeded University of Chicago and the sixth-seeded University of Rochester match at noon on Saturday. Win or lose that match, the Eagles will play in either the championship or third-place match at 9:00 AM on Sunday. All matches will be hosted by Brandeis University, in Waltham, MA.
Emory has won the UAA Championship in each of the 21 previous seasons the tournament has been held. This year, however, may prove to be the Eagles toughest challenge to date, as the bracket includes three teams ranked in the top-five in the nation, and four teams in the top-15.
The leading challenger to Emory's conference supremacy will be third-ranked and top-seeded Carnegie Mellon University, which defeated the Eagles 6-3 at the ITA Indoor Championship match. Other strong contenders will be the fifth-ranked and third-seeded University of Chicago, which Emory defeated 5-4 on March 29th, and 14th-ranked and fourth-seeded Washington University (Mo.).
The Eagles will return five players who were named to the all-UAA team last season, including the UAA's Most Valuable Player, junior Tshema Nash. Emory features a number of players ranked in singles play in the Atlantic South Region, including top-ranked sophomore Lorne McManigle, sixth-ranked Zahra Dawson, and Nash, ranked 14th. The Eagles also feature two regionally-ranked doubles pairings - the second-ranked team of Nash and Sabra Rogers and the sixth-ranked team of McManigle and Dawson.
Emory finished its regular season with a 15-4 record, including a mark of 12-2 against other Division III teams, and a 9-2 record against ranked Division III opponents. Emory's only Division III losses of the season have came against teams currently ranked first and third in the nation.
#4 EMORY SHUTS OUT DIVISION I WOFFORD
(Apr. 18) There was no let down for the Eagles a day removed from their upset win over second-ranked Washington and Lee University, as the fourth-ranked Emory University women's tennis team beat NCAA Division I institution Wofford College 7-0 in Greenville, SC.
Emory swept all three doubles matches, jumping out to a 1-0 lead over Wofford. The match was played by Division I scoring rules, which awards one point to the team that wins the majority of the three doubles contests.
Emory swept through singles play as well, which included straight set victories from first singles player Lorne McManigle, third singles player Tshema Nash, fifth singles player Sara Vrabec and sixth singles player Daniela Schechter. Second singles player Zahra Dawson and fourth-singles player Lindsay Reidenbach each won their singles matches by their opponents' retirement.
Reidenbach has won 15-consecutive singles matches for Emory, improving to a team-best 18-3 this season.
Saturday's match concludes the regular season for the Eagles. Emory will attempt to keep its conference-championship streak intact next weekend, as the Eagles will take part in the UAA Championships, starting on Friday.
FOURTH-RANKED EMORY UPSETS #2 WASHINGTON & LEE,
(Apr. 17) The Emory University women's tennis team picked up a key late-season upset victory on Friday, as the fourth-ranked Eagles defeated the second-ranked Generals of Washington and Lee University, 6-3, in Spartanburg, SC.
The Eagles fell behind after the doubles matches, earning their only point in the first doubles contest, with Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers picking up a 9-8 victory. The Eagles would head into singles play trailing 2-1.
Emory was able to make a comeback in the singles matches, winning five of the six contests for the victory. The Eagles gained victories in the first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth singles contests.
With the win, Emory improves to 14-4 on the season, including a mark of 12-2 against Division III teams. The Eagles' only losses to Division III squads this season have come against teams currently ranked in the top-three in the nation.
The Eagles will conclude their regular season tomorrow, facing Division I Wofford College at 1:00 PM in Spartanburg, SC.
EMORY WOMEN'S TENNIS GEARS UP FOR TOUGH COMPETITION THIS
(Apr. 16) The fourth-ranked Emory University women's tennis team will close out its regular season against two strong opponents, as the Eagles will face Division III's second-ranked team in Washington and Lee University on Friday at 1:00 PM, and Division I Wofford College on Saturday at 1:00 PM. Both matches will be held in Spartanburg, SC, on the Wofford College campus.
Emory will enter the match with a record of 13-4 this season, including an 11-2 record against Division III teams. The Eagles only losses to Division III teams this season have come to teams currently ranked in the top-three in the nation. Emory is currently ranked second in the Atlantic South Region, and features the region's top-ranked singles player in Lorne McManigle, in addition to sixth-ranked Zahra Dawson and 14th-ranked Tshema Nash. In doubles play, Emory's Nash and Sabra Rogers are ranked second in the region, and McManigle and Dawson are ranked sixth.
Washington and Lee, the 2007 NCAA Division III Champions, will begin the weekend with a 15-3 record this season, with their only Division III loss this season coming against top-ranked Williams College. The Generals, ranked first in the Atlantic South Region, feature the region's second-ranked singles player in Katie Tabb, along with seventh-ranked Ellen Yeatman, and 22nd-ranked Trelsie Sadler. In doubles play, Tabb and Lauren Caire are ranked fourth, and Yeatman and Meg Spalitta are ranked seventh. The two teams last met during the 2008 season, with Washington and Lee edging the Eagles by a 5-4 score. In that match, the Eagles earned wins at second and third doubles, and fourth and fifth singles.
Wofford will begin the weekend with a record of 2-17 on the season, including a 2-6 record in matches at home. Last season, Wofford picked up an 8-1 win over Emory, with Tshema Nash scoring the only point for Emory in her fourth-singles match.
This weekend's matches will be the final regular-season matches of the season for Emory. The Eagles will begin their championship season with the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships, hosted by Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, on April 24th.
FOURTH-RANKED EMORY TO RENEW REGIONAL RIVALRY WITH #26
SEWANEE ON TUESDAY
(Apr. 13) The Emory University women's tennis team, ranked fourth in the latest Campbell's/ ITA NCAA Division III poll, will rekindle a rivalry against a familiar foe on Tuesday, as the Eagles will take on the 26th-ranked University of the South at the Woodruff Physical Education Center, starting at 3:00 PM.
Emory will enter the match with a 12-4 record, including wins in 10 of its last 12 matches. The Eagles are 9-2 in home matches this season, and hold a record of 11-2 against Division III opponents.
The University of the South will enter Tuesday's contest with a record of 13-4 this season, and on a four-match winning streak. The Tigers have recorded a 3-0 record in road matches during the campaign. Sewanee features the ninth-ranked singles player in the southeast region in Jordan Casey, and in the sixth- and 15th-ranked doubles pairings in Casey and Michelle Flume, and Shannon Logsdon and Abby Rudd.
The teams last met on April 2nd, 2008, with the Eagles coming away with a 5-4 victory over the Tigers.
FOURTH-RANKED WOMEN'S TENNIS FALLS JUST SHORT OF THE
UPSET IN 5-4 LOSS TO #1 WILLIAMS
(Apr. 3) In a battle of two of the top-ranked NCAA Division III women's tennis teams, fourth-ranked Emory University fell just short of an upset, losing 5-4 to top-ranked Williams College at the Woodruff Physical Education Center on Friday.
Facing the reigning National Champions, the Eagles fought hard, taking one of the doubles matches, and splitting the singles contests.
Emory's Lorne McManigle and Zahra Dawson continued their hot streak, as the pair accounted for three of the team's four points. The duo combined for an 8-4 win over their counterparts in the second doubles match. Individually, McManigle earned a 7-5, 3-6, 10-7 win in the first singles match, while Dawson claimed a 6-0, 6-3 win in the second singles match.
Dawson has now won six-straight singles matches, improving to 15-6 overall this season, while McManigle raised her singles record to 15-8 on the campaign. As a doubles team, the pair is 7-1 this season, including wins in each of their last four matches.
Emory's other doubles squads would falter during the match, however, as the Eagles' first doubles pairing of Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers, and their third doubles team of Laura Callava and Lindsay Reidenbach each lost 8-5 decisions.
Needed to win four of the six singles matches to claim victory, Emory would get their fourth point of the contest from Lindsay Reidenbach, who earned a 6-2, 6-1 win over her fifth-singles counterpart from Williams. The sophomore extended her singles winning streak to 12 matches with the victory, and is now 15-3 overall this season in singles play.
Emory's other singles players would fall short though, as Nash lost 6-1, 6-3 in the third singles match, Kirsten Hillock dropped a 6-4, 6-1 decision in the fourth-singles contest, and sixth-singles player Laura Callava fell 6-1, 6-1.
The defeat drops Emory's record to 12-4 this season, while Williams remained perfect on the season, improving to 9-0. The loss was just the Eagles' second of the season to a Division III squad.
NO. FOUR EMORY WOMEN'S TENNIS TO TRY TO TOPPLE
(Apr. 2) The Emory University women's tennis team, ranked fourth in the nation, will be tested against Division III's top squad, as the Eagles will host the Williams College Ephs at the Woodruff Physical Education Center at 4:30 PM on Friday.
Emory will enter the match as winners of seven-consecutive matches, and with a 12-3 overall record in 2009. The Eagles' are 9-1 at home this season, and have recorded a 10-1 record against Division III opponents, including a 7-1 mark against nationally ranked Division III teams. The Eagles feature the top-ranked singles player in the region in sophomore Lorne McManigle, in addition to seventh-ranked Zahra Dawson and 13th-ranked Tshema Nash. In doubles play, Emory has the third-ranked doubles squad of Nash and Sabra Rogers, and the ninth-ranked team of Dawson and Kirsten Hillock.
Williams College currently sits at 8-0 on the season, and has a scheduled match against Augusta State University before facing the Eagles on Friday. The 2008 National Champions feature five of the top-25 ranked players in the Northeast region, headlined by ninth-ranked Cary Gibson. In doubles play, Gibson and Nikke Reich form the region's top-ranked doubles team, one of two-ranked pairings for the Ephs.
Emory and Williams last faced off during the 2008 Fab Five Tournament, with the Ephs edging the Eagles by a 5-4 score. McManigle, Hillock and Sara Vrabec each won singles matches for Emory during the last meeting, while Rogers and Nash earned a victory in the first doubles match.
SEVENTH-RANKED EMORY TENNIS UPSETS #4 CHICAGO; FINISHES PERFECT AT THE FAB FIVE TOURNAMENT
(Mar. 29) The Emory University women's tennis team, ranked
seventh in the nation, capped off a perfect week at the Fab Five
Tournament, recording their second-straight upset victory with a
5-4 defeat over the fourth-ranked University of Chicago.
Emory finishes the tournament, which featured a number of the
top-ranked teams in Division III, with a 5-0 record.
Freshman Zahra Dawson continued her amazing run against some of the top players in Division III, winning her second-singles match 6-0, 7-6 (7-4), and teaming with sophomore Lorne McManigle to win their second-doubles match 9-8 (9-7). Dawson finished the tournament with a 5-0 record in singles play, and 4-1 in doubles action.
The Eagles took two of the three doubles matches, with the first-singles combination of junior Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers winning 8-1 over their Chicago counterparts. However, juniors Kirsten Hillock and Sara Vrabec suffered a 8-6 loss in the third-doubles match, narrowing the Emory lead to 2-1 heading into singles play.
The Eagles fell behind in singles play, as McManigle dropped a 6-4, 6-1 decision at first singles, Nash fell 6-2, 7-5 at the third-singles match, and Hillock lost 6-2, 6-2 in fourth singles. However, along with Dawson's victory, sophomore Lindsay Reidenbach evened the match at 4-4 with a 6-4, 6-1 win at fifth singles.
The match came down to the sixth-singles contest between Emory's Laura Callava and Chicago's Tiffany Nguyen. Callava fell behind early, dropping the first set 6-4. However, she would battle back, winning the second set 6-3, before recording a 6-2 win in the deciding set, clinching the match for Emory.
Callava was a late addition to the lineup for Emory, after coach Amy Bryant made the decision to go with the freshman in the sixth-singles match, instead of Sara Vrabec, who had played there in each of the previous three Emory victories. The move paid off for Bryant and the Eagles, as Callava improved to 8-1 in singles play this season, including a perfect 5-0 in dual matches.
Callava and Dawson were just a few of the Eagles to record impressive weeks. Reidenbach finished the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record as a fourth- and fifth-singles player. Meanwhile, McManigle and Hillock each went 3-1 in singles play. As a team, Emory went 21-4 in singles matches, and 10-5 in doubles play.
The Eagles defeated five ranked teams during the tournament - #13 Middlebury College on Monday, #10 Wellesley College on Wednesday, the #14 University of Redlands on Friday, #5 Denison University on Saturday, and fourth-ranked Chicago on Sunday.
With the win, Emory improved to 12-3 this season, including a mark of 10-1 against Division III opponents, and to 7-1 against ranked Division III opponents. The Eagles have now won seven-straight matches and ten of their last 11.
Emory will return to action for a key match on Friday, April 3rd, as the Eagles will host Williams College, the top-ranked Division III women's tennis team and reigning NCAA Champion, at the Woodruff Physical Education Center.
NO. SEVEN EMORY WOMEN'S TENNIS TO WRAP UP THE FAB FIVE
TOURNAMENT WITH THREE WEEKEND MATCHES
(Mar. 27) The Emory University women's tennis team will take part in three key NCAA Division III matches this weekend, as the Eagles will face the 14th-ranked University of Redlands on Friday, fifth-ranked Denison University on Saturday, and the fourth-ranked University of Chicago on Sunday, as part of the Fab Five Tournament.
Emory, ranked seventh in the nation and third in the Atlantic South region, will enter the weekend with a 9-3 record this season. The Eagles are 2-0 in the Fab Five Tournament so far, and have now won four straight matches and seven of their last eight. Emory is 7-1 against Division III opponents this season. The Eagles feature the top-ranked singles player in the region in sophomore Lorne McManigle, in addition to seventh-ranked Zahra Dawson and 13th-ranked Tshema Nash. In the regional doubles rankings, Nash and Sabra Rogers are ranked third, and Kirsten Hillock and Dawson are ranked ninth.
Redlands will enter Friday's match with a 9-3 record as well. The Bulldogs are ranked second in the West region, and feature the region's sixth-ranked singles player in Rachel Miller, seventh-ranked player in Paige Sumida, and 18th-ranked singles player in Victoria Damiani. In doubles play, Redlands' pairing of Sumida and Whitney Waters is ranked third in the region, followed by the 11th-ranked duo of Sara Yoshinaga and Kaleena Wakamatsu, and the 15th-ranked team of Damiani and Miller.
Denison is currently ranked second in the Central region, and will enter the tournament with a record of 4-2 in 2009. The Big Red feature a number of players ranked high in the region in singles play, including second-ranked Meghan Damico, sixth-ranked Kristin Cobb, and 12th-ranked Marta Drane. In doubles play, the combination of Cobb and Drane is ranked first in the region, and Damico and Kendra Murray are ranked 10th. The last time the two teams met was the 2008 NCAA Team Tournament Quarterfinals, where the Eagles dropped a 5-2 decision to Denison.
Chicago, a University Athletic Association (UAA) rival for the Eagles, will enter the weekend with a 7-2 record. Emory last faced the University of Chicago during the semifinals of the 2008 UAA Tournament, when the Eagles defeated the Maroons 6-3. Chicago is the top-ranked team in the Central region, and features the region's third-ranked singles player in Jennifer Kung, seventh-ranked Kendra Higgins, 11th-ranked Carmen VacaGuzman, and 14th-ranked Chrissy Hu. In doubles play, Hu and Higgins are the third-ranked pairing in the region, and Kung and Vindya Dayananda are ranked ninth.
With bad weather in the area, please check the Fab Five Tournament website on the women's tennis page on go.emory.edu for any match time or location changes.
SEVENTH-RANKED EMORY DEFEATS NO. 10 WELLESLEY AT THE FAB
(Mar. 25) The seventh-ranked Emory University women's tennis team earned its fourth-straight win on Wednesday night, as the Eagles defeated 10th-ranked Wellesley College 8-1 in their second match of the Fab Five Tournament.
With the match forced indoors due to bad weather, the Eagles earned victories in the first- and third-doubles matches to take a quick 2-1 lead. Emory's first doubles pairing of all-Americans Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers picked up an 8-4 victory over their counterparts, followed by an 8-5 win in the third-doubles match by Kirsten Hillock and Sara Vrabec. Emory's second-doubles team of Lorne McManigle and Zahra Dawson suffered an 8-6 loss.
Vrabec and Hillock remained perfect together in doubles matches this season, improving to 4-0 as a pairing. Nash and Rogers raised their record together to 5-6, while Dawson and McManigle fell to 3-1 in doubles matches.
The Eagles swept the first three single matches played, as McManigle (11-7), the first-single player for Emory and top-ranked singles player in the region, earned a 6-4, 6-2 victory over her counterpart. Second-singles player Dawson earned a 6-1, 6-0 win improving to 11-6 this season, and Vrabec, playing out of the sixth-singles spot, clinched the win for Emory with a 6-3, 6-3 win to raise her personal record to 10-3 in singles play. Capping off the first group of singles matches, Nash improved to 6-5 this season with a 7-5, 6-2 win in the third-singles match.
With the match already won, the Eagles added two more points to the win with victories from Hillock in the fourth singles match, and Lindsay Reidenbach in the fifth singles match. Hillock is now 11-2 in singles play this season, while Reidenbach improved to 11-3.
With the win, Emory improved to 9-3 on the season, while Wellesley dropped to 9-5. Emory will return to action in the Fab Five Tournament on Friday, when the Eagles will host the 14th-ranked University of Redlands at 4:00 PM at the Woodruff Physical Education Center.
SEVENTH-RANKED EMORY WINS FAB FIVE OPENER, 8-1, OVER NO.
(Mar. 23) The Emory University women's tennis team, ranked seventh in the Division III, put together a strong showing in their first match of the Fab Five Tournament, defeating 13th-ranked Middlebury 8-1 at the Woodruff Physical Education Center.
The Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead over Middlebury by sweeping the three matches in doubles play. Emory's pairing of juniors Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers picked up an 8-4 win over Claire and Anna Burke in the first doubles match, and juniors Sara Vrabec and Kirsten Hillock came away with an 8-6 victory in the third doubles match. The second doubles match between Emory's pairing of Lorne McManigle and Zahra Dawson, and Middlebury's Elizabeth Stone and Tori Aiello would prove to be a battle, but the Eagles would come away with a 9-8 win, taking the tiebreaker 7-2.
Vrabec and Hillock, and McManigle and Dawson each improved to 3-0 as a pair this season. Nash and Rogers raised their doubles record to 4-6 on the season, including a 4-3 mark against Division III opponents.
Despite being without McManigle, the region's top-ranked player, for the singles matches, Emory was able to maintain its momentum from the doubles play. Playing in the first singles match for the first time in her collegiate career, freshman Zahra Dawson earned a straight-set, 6-3, 6-2 victory over her counterpart, improving to 10-6 overall this season in singles matches.
After Nash suffered a 6-2, 6-1 defeat in the second-singles match, the squad would bounce back with Kirsten Hillock wining at third singles (6-4, 6-3), Lindsay Reidenbach winning at fourth singles (6-0, 6-0), Vrabec claiming a victory at fifth singles (6-2, 6-2), and Laura Callava earning a win at sixth singles (6-3, 6-0).
With the win, Emory improved to 8-3 overall this season, with a mark of 6-1 against Division III opponents. The Eagles have now won six of their last seven contests. Middlebury dropped to 3-2 this season with the loss.
Emory will return to action at the Fab Five Tournament on Wednesday, as the Eagles will take on 10th-ranked Wellesley College.
NO. SEVEN EMORY WOMEN'S TENNIS CLAIMS 5-4 VICTORY OVER DIVISION I GEORGE WASHINGTON
(Mar. 18) The Emory University women's tennis team, ranked
seventh in Division III, edged a Division I opponent on Wednesday
afternoon, picking up a 5-4 win over George Washington
Emory opened the match by taking two of the three doubles matches from its Division I opponent. After Emory's Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers, ranked third in the region, dropped an 8-4 decision to George Washington's Nadia Demidenko and Jacqueline Corba, the Eagles' second-doubles team of Zahra Dawson and Lorne McManigle defeated Meg Tyner and Jennifer Hirsh 8-1. Rounding out doubles play, Emory's Kirstin Hillock and Sara Vrabec defeated Zoe Krohn and Verena Knoedler 8-2 in the third match, to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead heading into singles play.
Dawson and McManigle and Hillock and Vrabec each played together for just the second time this season, but each pairing improved to 2-0 together during the season. The all-American pair of Nash and Rogers dropped to 3-6 this season, all in the first-doubles role.
The Eagles and the Colonials split the singles matches, giving Emory the ultimate victory. Emory received singles match wins from their fourth singles player Lindsay Reidenbach (6-2, 6-1), fifth singles player Vrabec (6-2, 6-4), and sixth singles player Laura Callava (6-1, 6-1).
Callava improved to 6-1 overall in singles play during the season, including 3-0 in dual matches. Vrabec raised her singles record to 8-3, while Reidenbach is now 9-3 in singles play.
The win raises Emory's record to 7-3 this season, while George Washington fell to 4-5 on the campaign. The Eagles will return to action next week, when the team will welcome some of the top Division III squads in the country to Atlanta for the Fab Five Tournament.
SEVENTH-RANKED EAGLES TO HOST DIVISION I GEORGE
(Mar. 18) The Emory University women's tennis team will host its final match before the Fab Five tournament next week, as the seventh-ranked Eagles will welcome Division I George Washington University to the Woodruff Physical Education Center on Wednesday, March 18th.
The match will be the first for the Eagles since their 8-1 victory over Swarthmore College on March 7th. Emory is 6-3 overall this season, including 3-1 in home matches. This will be Emory's first match against a Division I opponent this season.
Emory is ranked seventh in the nation and third in the Atlantic South region, according to the latest ITA poll. The Eagles' feature the region's top-ranked singles player, sophomore Lorne McManigle, in addition to the seventh-ranked singles player, freshman Zahra Dawson, and the 13th-ranked Tshema Nash. Emory also has the region's third-ranked doubles team in the pairing of Nash and Sabra Rogers, and the ninth-ranked pairing of Kirsten Hillock and Dawson.
George Washington will enter Wednesday's contest with a 4-4 record in the spring 2009 season, and are coming off a 7-0 win over Coppin State.
Wednesday's match is slated to start at 4:00 PM, and will be held at the WoodPEC's outdoor tennis courts.
NO. 7 EMORY'S WOMEN'S TENNIS TEAM TOPS SWARTHMORE
(Mar. 7) - The No. 7-ranked Emory University women's tennis team got back into the win column on Saturday after posting a home win over Swarthmore College. The Eagles raised their record to 6-3 following an 8-1 win over the Garnet who slipped to 1-1.
Emory got off to a quick start by capturing all three doubles points. The No. 1 tandem of Sabra Rogers and Tshema Nash came away with a 9-7 decision over Rachel Wallwork and Jennie Park. Zahra Dawson and Lorne McManigle posted a victory at the No. 2 slot while the Emory duo of Sara Vrabec and Kirsten Hillock brought home a win at No. 3.
The Eagles won in straight sets in five of six singles matches. Dawson highlighted the effort at No. 2 where she manufactured an impressive 6-2, 6-2 verdict over Park. Nash was solid at No. 3 with a 6-2, 6-2 victory against Luann Cignavitch. Other winners in singles included sophomore Lindsay Reidenbach at No. 4, freshmen Laura Callava at No. 5 and Daniela Schechter at No. 6.
Emory returns to action on March 18 when it hosts Division I foe George Washington University.
Emory 8, Swarthmore 1
No. 1 - Sabra Rogers/Nash (EU) def. Wallwork/Park (SC) 9-7
No. 2 - Dawson/McManigle (EU) def. Cignavitch/Lee (SC) 8-2
No. 3 - Sara Vrabec/Kirsten Hillock (EU) def. Hickman/Nguyen (SC) 8-0
No. 1 - Rachel Wallwork (SC) def. Loren McManigle (EU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 - Zahra Dawson (EU) def. Jennie Park (SC) 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 - Tshema Nash (EU) def. Luann Cignavitch (SC) 6-2, 6-2
No. 4 - Lindsay Reidenbach (EU) def. Alexis Hickman (SC) 6-2, 6-0
No. 5 - Laura Callava (EU) def. Marissa Lee (SC) 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 - Daniela Schechter (EU) def. Lamie Nguyen (SC) 6-2, 6-1
SEVENTH-RANKED EMORY WOMEN'S TENNIS TO HOST SWARTHMORE
(Mar. 5) The Emory University women's tennis team will take part in its final match before Spring Break this weekend, as the seventh-ranked Eagles will host Swarthmore College at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 7th.
Emory will enter Saturday's match with a 5-3 record this season, following a 2-1 performance and a second-place finish at the ITA Division III Women's NCAA Indoor Team Championships last weekend. The Eagles are 4-1 against other Division III teams this season, and are 2-1 in matches at the Woodruff Physical Education Center.
Swarthmore will begin the weekend with a 1-0 record in 2009, picking up the victory with a 5-4 win over New York University on February 21st.
NO. FIVE EMORY DEFEATED BY EIGHTH-RANKED CARNEGIE MELLON
IN ITA INDOOR FINALS
(Mar. 1) Emory University's run at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III Women's Indoor Championship came to an end on Sunday, as the fifth-ranked Eagles were defeated by eighth-ranked Carnegie Mellon University 6-3, in the title match. Emory's performance during the weekend earned the squad a second-place finish at the tournament.
The Eagles dug themselves an early hole in doubles play that they were never able to climb out of, dropping all three of the pairings. The Eagles' first-doubles team of Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers fell 8-5, while their second-doubles squad of Kirsten Hillock and Zahra Dawson and the third-doubles pairing of Lorne McManigle and Sara Vrabec each lost 8-4.
After Nash lost her third-singles match 6-3, 6-1, the Eagles were left without a margin of error, but McManigle kept hope alive with a 6-1, 6-3 win in the first-singles match, as did Hillock with a 6-4, 7-5 win in the fifth-singles contest.
However, the Tartans officially clinched the indoor title with Amanda Wu's 6-4, 6-1 victory over Zahra Dawson in the second-singles match. The Eagles would get a 7-6, 6-2 win from Lindsay Reidenbach in the fifth-singles match, but it would be too little too late for Emory.
The loss is Emory's first of the season to a Division III squad, dropping the team to 5-3 overall on the campaign. Carnegie improved to 9-0 with the win.
Sunday's loss to Carnegie Mellon sets up an interesting scenario between the two squads, which will unfold later in the season. Emory has won ever University Athletic Association (UAA) Women's Tennis Championship in the 21 years of conference competition. However, after Sunday's match, Carnegie Mellon, another UAA institution, has set the stage for an exciting conference tournament in late April.
The Eagles will look to regroup next weekend, when they will face Swarthmore College at the Woodruff Physical Education Center on Saturday, March 7th at 10:00 AM.
EMORY DEFEATS MARY WASHINGTON 8-1; ADVANCES TO ITA
INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
(Feb. 28) The fifth-ranked Emory University women's tennis team advanced to the finals of the ITA Division III Women's Indoor Tennis Championships with an 8-1 win over the sixth-ranked University of Mary Washington on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles will face Carnegie Mellon for the championship at 9:00 AM CST on Sunday.
It was another strong performance for the Eagles, who improved to 5-2 overall on the season, and to 4-0 on the campaign against NCAA Division III opponents.
Emory opened the match by sweeping all three doubles matches. All-Americans Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers earned an 8-6 victory in the first doubles spot, Kirsten Hillock and Zahra Dawson earned an 8-1 win in the second doubles role, and the Eagles' third-doubles squad of Sara Vrabec and Lindsay Reidenbach picked up an 8-4 victory.
Reidenbach was the first Emory singles player to earn a victory, claiming a 6-4, 6-1 win in the fifth singles spot. She was followed a short time later by Lorne McManigle, who won her first-singles match 0-6, 7-6, 6-1. Locking up the victory for the Eagles was their number two singles player Dawson, who earned a 6-4, 6-2 victory. Third singles player Nash, and sixth-singles player Vrabec were both winning their matches as well, by the time the Eagles had earned a team victory.
Emory's lone loss in singles play came from the fourth singles spot, where Hillock suffered a 6-1, 6-2 defeat, marking her first singles loss of the spring season.
The Eagles will look to continue the momentum from their three-consecutive victories into tomorrow's championship match. The Emory women will also look to join the school's men's tennis team, which won the indoor championship last weekend.
#5 EMORY DEFEATS 12th-RANKED DEPAUW TO ADVANCE AT THE
ITA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
(Feb. 27) The Emory University women's team began its showing at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) NCAA Division III Women's Indoor Championships on a strong note, as the fifth-ranked Eagles defeated 12th-ranked DePauw University 7-2.
The Eagles were forced to come from behind early, after falling behind 2-1 during the doubles matches. Emory received their lone doubles win from the pairing of Kirsten Hillock and Zahra Dawson, who won their second-doubles match 9-7. The pairing improved to 3-2 on the season in doubles matches.
Emory would come storming back in singles play, winning all six of the matches. Sophomore Lorne McManigle gutted out a 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory over Janelle Arita in the top-single spot, followed by a 7-6, 6-3 win for Dawson in the second-singles role. Tshema Nash cruised in the third singles match (winning 6-1, 6-0), as did Hillock in her fourth singles match (6-1, 6-4).
With the win, Hillock improved to an impressive 8-1 in singles play this season, including a 4-0 mark in dual-match play.
Finishing off the match, Lindsay Reidenbach won the fifth-singles contest 6-1, 6-0, followed by a 7-5, 6-4 win for Sara Vrabec as the sixth singles player.
The win allows Emory to advance to the semifinals of the tournament, where the Eagles will face Mary Washington University, ranked sixth in the nation. The match will be held Saturday at 2:00 PM (CST).
FIFTH-RANKED WOMEN'S TENNIS TO COMPETE AT THE ITA
DIVISION III WOMEN'S INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
(Feb. 26) The fifth-ranked Emory University women's tennis team will face off against some of the top NCAA Division III teams in the nation this weekend, as the Eagles will travel to St. Peter, MN for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III National Indoor Team Championships.
Emory's first contest of the tournament will be on Friday, February 27th at 5:00 PM CST, as the second-seeded Eagles will be taking on seventh-seeded DePauw University. Last season, the Eagles claimed a 5-4 win over DePauw.
Should the Eagles win, they will face the winner of the Mary Washington-Gustavus match at 2:00 PM on Saturday. If they lose, they will face the loser of the match at 8:30 AM.
All of the weekend's matches will be hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College. For more information on seedings, schedules, and live-updating results, go to the official tournament website by clicking on the link above.
EMORY WOMEN'S TENNIS SPLITS MATCHES IN MONTGOMERY,
(Feb. 21) The fifth-ranked Emory University women's tennis team split a pair of matches in Montgomery, AL on Saturday, defeating NCAA Division III's Huntingdon College 9-0, while falling to the top-ranked NAIA team, Auburn University - Montgomery, 8-1. The Eagles' saw their record move to 2-2 on the season with the split.
In the Eagles' opening match against Huntingdon, Emory swept the doubles competitions, including an 8-0 victory from its first-doubles squad of Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers. The Eagles also received 8-1 victories from the second-doubles squad of Zahra Dawson and Kirsten Hillock, and the third-doubles pairing of Sara Vrabec and Lindsay Reidenbach.
In singles play, Emory saw its fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-singles players of Vrabec, Hillock, and Laura Callava, respectively, all win by 6-0, 6-0 scores. Lorne McManigle won 6-4, 6-3 in the first singles match, Dawson claimed a 6-0, 6-1 win in the second-singles match, and Reidenbach earned a 6-2, 6-1 win as the third singles player.
The Eagles' doubles pairings were not as successful against Auburn Montgomery, as Nash and Rogers fell 8-1, Dawson and Hillock lost 9-7, and Vrabec and Reidenbach suffered an 8-1 defeat. Hillock earned the only win in singles play for Emory, defeating her sixth-singles counterpart 6-4, 5-7, 11-9. McManigle dropped a 6-2, 6-1 decision in the first-singles spot, while Dawson fell 6-4, 6-1 in the second-singles match. Nash lost to her third-singles counterpart 6-0, 6-1, and Reidenbach fell 6-2, 6-1 in the fourth-singles competition. Rounding out the match, fifth-singles player Vrabec lost 6-0, 6-2.
The Eagles will return to action this Tuesday, to face NAIA institution Brenau University at 2:30 PM at the Woodruff Physical Education Center.
NO. FIVE WOMEN'S TENNIS BY THE 10th-RANKED TEAM IN
DIVISION II, CLAYTON STATE
(Feb. 18) The Emory University women's tennis team suffered its first loss of the spring season on Wednesday night, as the fifth-ranked Eagles were defeated 6-3 by Clayton State University, ranked 10th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) latest Division II poll.
The Eagles took a 2-1 lead after doubles play, after the squad's second-doubles team of freshman Zahra Dawson and junior Kirsten Hillock earned an 8-3 victory over the Lakers' Selma Hidass and Marie Cercellenti, and Emory's third-doubles pairing of junior Sara Vrabec and sophomore Lindsay Reidenbach improved to 5-1 on the season with an 8-6 win over Veronika Jasenovcova and Evelin Csizi. Emory's only loss in doubles action came from its top pair of juniors Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers, who dropped an 8-4 decision to Katie White and Viktoria Semyrodenko.
However, Emory was unable to maintain the momentum in singles play, as the team's only victory came from the fifth singles spot, with Vrabec earning a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Csizi. McManigle suffered a three set defeat in the first-singles role, losing 2-6, 7-6(4), 7-5 to White, followed by a 6-2, 6-2 loss from Emory's Dawson to Semyrodenko in the second-singles spot. Nash lost 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 to Jasenovcova in the third-singles match, and Reidenbach suffered a 6-1, 7-5 defeat to Cercellenti in the fourth match. Rounding out the day, freshman Daniela Schechter lost in the sixth-singles match, 0-6, 6-3, 6-1, to Hidass.
Wednesday's match was moved indoors following persistent rain throughout the day. Both teams also had to endure about a 45 minute delay after a tornado warning was issued for the Atlanta area.
The loss drops the Eagles to 1-1 on the season, while the Lakers improved to 2-0 with the win. The Eagles will return to action this weekend, traveling to Montgomery, AL on Saturday to face Huntingdon College (10:30 AM) and the top-ranked team in the NAIA, Auburn University Montgomery (2:00 PM).
EMORY WOMEN'S TENNIS TO PLAY IN THREE MATCHES THIS
(Feb. 16) The Emory University women's tennis team will return to action this week, as the fifth-ranked Eagles will host Clayton University on Wednesday, before traveling to Montgomery, AL on Saturday to face Huntingdon College and Auburn University - Montgomery.
Emory will enter the week with a 1-0 record after defeating Spelman College at the Woodruff Physical Education Center on Tuesday. The Eagles are ranked fifth in Division III and second in the region, according to the last Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll.
Clayton State, a NCAA Division II institution, will enter the match with a 1-0 record, after the Lakers defeated Georgia Southwestern on Sunday. Last season, the Lakers finished the year with a 20-6 overall record, and advanced to the finals of the NCAA Division II Regionals. Clayton State is ranked 10th in the latest ITA Division II poll. Last season, the Eagles dropped an 8-1 decision at home to the Lakers. Wednesday's match will begin at 4:00 PM.
Huntingdon, a NCAA Division III has opened its season with a 3-0 record. Last season, Emory hosted the Hawks, defeating them 9-0 at the Woodruff P.E. Center. Saturday's match will begin at 10:30 AM.
Following the Huntingdon match, the Eagles will travel across town to face NAIA school Auburn University - Montgomery. The Lady Senators are coming off an NAIA National Championship last season, the ninth in the history of the program. This will be the first match of the spring season for Auburn Montgomery. Last year, the Lady Senators defeated the Eagles 8-1. Emory's match with Auburn Montgomery is slated to begin at 2:00 PM.
NO. FIVE WOMEN'S TENNIS DOMINANT IN SEASON OPENING WIN
(Feb. 10) The fifth-ranked Emory University women's tennis team picked up where it left off at the end of the 2008 season, as the Eagles defeated Spelman College 9-0 in their season-opening match at the Woodruff P.E. Center on Tuesday.
Emory opened the match by sweeping all three doubles matches. The Eagles' first-doubles pairing of Daniela Schechter and Lorne McManigle earned a 8-2 victory, while the second-doubles pair of Emily Wein and Laura Callava and the third-doubles team of Jenny Moscato and Shikha Jerath each earned 8-0 victories over their counterparts.
Making her 2008-09 debut, all-American Tshema Nash earned a 6-2, 6-0 victory in the first singles role. Schechter manned the second-singles role for the Eagles, earning a 6-1, 6-1 victory over her counterpart, while senior co-captain Moscato earned a 6-0, 6-1 win out of the third-singles role. Wein claimed a shutout win as the fourth singles player, winning 6-0, 6-0, and freshman Jerath defeated her fifth-singles counterpart 6-1, 6-0. Rounding out the lineup for the Eagles was sophomore Kelsey Krzyston, who picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win.
Emory will now turn its attention to a pair of NAIA schools on Saturday, as the Eagles will travel to Rome, GA to face Shorter College at 10:30 AM, and Berry College at 3:00 PM.
NO. FIVE EMORY WOMEN'S TENNIS TO OPEN ITS SPRING 2009
SEASON ON TUESDAY
(Feb. 9) The fifth-ranked Emory University women's tennis team will open its 2009 spring season this week, starting with a home match against Spelman College on Tuesday at 4:00 PM.
The Eagles will enter the 2009 season looking for their 22nd-consecutive University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship, and the team's 25th-consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Emory women's tennis team has won five NCAA Division III Championships, most recently during the 2006 season.
"I expect a lot of great things from the team this year," said Emory Head Coach Amy Bryant. "They are very hungry. It has been a couple of years since they have been in the final four, and they want to get there... and they are willing to put in the work to get there."
In the fall portion of the team's schedule, Emory saw two of its players earn all-America honors. Sophomore Lorne McManigle claimed the singles title at the Wilson/ ITA Fall Regional Tournament, eventually finishing sixth in the National tournament. McManigle also teamed with junior Sabra Rogers to win the ITA Regional doubles tournament, as the pairing claimed a seventh-place finish at the national level.
The Eagles will bring back a number of strong players from the 2008 team that advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament. Junior co-captains Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers will anchor the team following multiple all-America honors in 2008. In addition, McManigle and junior Sara Vrabec have each earned all-America honors over their careers, and will strengthen the Emory lineup. Junior Kirsten Hillock will look to continue her successful career following an all-UAA first team honor last season, while senior co-captain Jenny Moscato, and sophomores Kelsey Krzyston and Emily Wein will provide the Eagles' roster with depth and experience.
Emory will also add a number of newcomers to the roster for the
upcoming season. Zahra Dawson looks to be
one of the more impactful freshmen in Division III this season,
following her second-place finish at the Fall Regionals.
Sophomore Lindsay Reidenbach will be a factor for
the Eagles as well, after transferring from Samford University at
the start of the year. Freshman Laura
Callava, Shikha Jerath, and
Daniela Schechter will also see playing time in
2009, rounding out a very talented Emory roster from top to
"We have three or four juniors that will be in the lineup again that are all third-year players. We have a transfer that has come in this year that has added a good dimension," said Bryant. "We also have a couple of freshmen that have a really good shot at playing in the lineup, one at the top. That is really exciting because it adds some competition at the top of the lineup for us."
Emory features six singles players ranked in the top-25 in the region, headlined by second-ranked McManigle. Other top-25 Emory players include fourth-ranked Dawson, ninth-ranked Hillock, 15th-ranked Schechter, 18th-ranked Callava, and 20th-ranked sophomore Reidenbach.
The Eagles also feature four of the top-seven doubles teams in the region, including the second-ranked pairing of McManigle and Rogers. The other ranked Emory teams include the fourth-ranked combo of Vrabec and Reidenbach, sixth-ranked Schechter and Dawson, and seventh-ranked Hillock and Jenny Moscato.
Not featured in the rankings for Emory is junior and two-time
all-American Tshema Nash, who ended the 2008 season ranked fifth in
the Atlantic South Region in singles play, and first in
doubles. Nash missed the fall portion of the 2008-09 campaign
due to injury.
Following their season-opening match against Spelman on Tuesday, the Eagles will face NAIA institutions Shorter College and Berry College in Rome, GA on Saturday, February 14th. Later in the season, the Eagles will take part in the ITA National Indoor Tournament in St. Peter, MN, from February 27th through March 1st. Emory will also host 11 of the best Division III women's tennis teams to Atlanta, GA for the Fab Five Tournament from March 23rd through the 29th.
From April 24th-26th, the Eagles will travel to Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, where they will look to defend their 21-consecutive conference championships at the UAA Championships. This season looks to bring tougher competition than past seasons, according to Head Coach Amy Bryant.
"The UAA is going to be extremely tough this year," said Bryant. "We're excited to have some really good competition there. We're going to have to work hard to make sure we come out on top again for the 22nd year in a row."
Emory's ultimate goal of a National Championship will begin on May 8th with the NCAA Regional Tournament. Should the Eagles win the regional round, they will advance to the NCAA Division III Championships at the Collins Hill Athletic Club in Lawrenceville, GA from May 19th-24th.
EMORY WOMEN'S TENNIS INKS A RECRUIT FOR 2009-10
(Jan. 26) Emory University Head Women's Tennis Coach Amy Bryant has announced that recuit Jordan Wylie has committed to Emory for the 2009-10 season.
Wylie is currently a senior at Centennial High School, located in Roswell, GA. She is listed as a four-star recruit (out of a five-star system) by TennisRecuiting.net, and is ranked eighth in the State of Georgia, 40th in the Southeast, and 113th in the Nation.
Emory, ranked fifth nationally, had two players qualify for the Wilson/ ITA Nationals in the Fall, and will begin its spring season on February 10th against Spelman College.
EMORY WOMEN'S TENNIS EMBARKS TO THAILAND FOR A TEAM
(Dec. 16) Continuing with its tradition of making an international trip every three years, the Emory University Women's Tennis Team will travel to Thailand for 12 days of practice, sightseeing, and fun before the start of their spring campaign. The Eagles will embark on what promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience on January 1st, 2009.
The Eagles will be splitting their time in Thailand between the capital city of Bangkok and Chiang Mai, returning on January 12th. Activities during the 12-day venture include a daily practice or match, sightseeing in both cities, and a number of unique opportunities to experience the culture of the country.
In Chiang Mai, team member can look forward to going on the "Flight of the Gibbon" zip line tour of the rainforest (go to http://www.treetopasia.com for more information), in addition to an overnight trekking trip (which includes an elephant ride and bamboo rafting), a chance to pet tigers at Tiger Kingdom, a trip to Wat Doi Suthep (one of Thailand's most sacred temples), and a Thai Cooking Class. The Eagles will also have a chance to pick up any belated-holiday gifts while visiting the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and the street market.
The team will get a chance to give back to those less fortunate as well, as the squad will visit with orphans at the Viengping Children's Home, for what promises to be both a rewarding and emotional experience.
Prior international trips for the team included visits to Australia in 2002 and South Africa in 2005. In addition, past Emory trip destinations inside the United States have included Hawaii, Florida and California, and conference tournament visits to New York, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and St Louis.
Fans can follow the Eagles trip through Thailand with daily journal entries and pictures from the athletes that will be posted to the Emory Women's Tennis homepage.
EMORY WOMEN'S TENNIS RANKED FIFTH IN THE FIRST ITA POLL
OF THE SEASON
(Nov. 24) The Emory University Women's Tennis team will begin its 2009 spring season ranked fifth in the Nation and second in the Atlantic South Region, according to the first Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll of the year.
The new poll matches the final rankings of the 2008 season, during which the Eagles advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Emory also features six singles players ranked in the top-25 in the region, including second-ranked sophomore Lorne McManigle, winner of the 2008 ITA Fall Regional. Other top-25 Emory players include fourth-ranked freshman Zahra Dawson, ninth-ranked junior Kirsten Hillock, 15th-ranked freshman Daniela Schechter, 18th-ranked freshman Lauren Callava, and 20th-ranked sophomore Lindsay Reidenbach.
The Eagles also feature four of the top-seven doubles teams in the region, including the second-ranked pairing of McManigle and Sabra Rogers. The other ranked Emory teams include the fourth-ranked combo of Sara Vrabec and Reidenbach, sixth-ranked Schechter and Dawson, and seventh-ranked Hillock and Jenny Moscato.
Not featured in the rankings for Emory is junior and two-time all-American Tshema Nash, who ended the 2008 season ranked fifth in the Atlantic South Region in singles play, and first in doubles. Nash missed the fall portion of the 2008-09 campaign due to injury.
Emory will begin the 2009 portion of its campaign at home on February 10th against Spelman College.
FINAL RESULTS FROM ITA WOMEN'S SMALL COLLEGE
(Oct. 20) Emory University's Lorne McManigle recorded a sixth-place finish in the singles-bracket at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Small College National Championships, and later teamed with Sabra Rogers for a seventh-place finish in doubles play.
McManigle lost her fifth-place match on Saturday, falling 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 to Claire Mesnil of Hendrix College. Earlier in the tournament, the sophomore lost her opening match against the University of Chicago's Jennifer Kung (the eventual singles champion), before beating Kalla Schaefer of the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater to advance to the fifth-place match.
In the second round of doubles play, McManigle and Rogers fell to the top-seeded pairing from Washington and Lee University of Katie Tabb and Lauren Caire, 6-1, 6-1. The Eagles' duo later won their seventh-place match 6-1, 6-3 over Haley Kutner and Christie Pollin of the College of New Jersey.
The ITA Small College Championships end the Eagles fall season. Emory is scheduled to return to dual-match action in the Spring season, opening the campaign with a February 10th home match against Spelman College.
DAY 1 & 2 RESULTS FROM THE WOMEN'S ITA SMALL COLLEGE
(Oct. 17) Emory University sophomore Lorne McManigle rebounded from a first round singles loss at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Small Colleges Championships, and will advance to the fifth-place match on Saturday at 11:30 AM EST.
McManigle defeated Kalla Schaefer of the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, to keep alive her hopes for a fifth-place finish in the singles bracket. McManigle will face Claire Mesnil of Hendrix College on Saturday to decide the fifth-place finisher.
In the opening round of the singles tournament, McManigle lost a 6-0, 6-4 decision to Jennifer Kung of the University of Chicago, the third seed in the tournament.
In doubles play, McManigle and Sabra Rogers suffered a 6-2, 6-4 defeat on Thursday to Molly Fiala and Andrea Schupach of Coe College, the third seeded pairing. The Eagles will play two matches on Friday to determine their finish in the doubles bracket.
BRACKETS RELEASED FOR WOMEN'S ITA SMALL COLLEGE
(Oct. 10) The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) has released the women's brackets for the Small College Championships, set to begin on Thursday, October 16th in Mobile, AL.
Emory sophomore Lorne McManigle will represent the South Region in the eight-person bracket, taking on the Central Region's Jennifer Kung, from the University of Chicago (Ill.), in the first round, who is seeded third in the tournament. The match will take place Thursday, October 16th, starting at 10:30 PM.
McManigle will team with Sabra Rogers in doubles play, as the Emory duo will take on the third-seeded pairing of Molly Fiala and Andrea Schupach of Coe College. The two teams are scheduled to face off on Thursday at 2:30 PM.
EMORY WOMEN'S TENNIS SWEEPS WILSON/ ITA FALL REGIONAL
(Oct. 5) All Emory University finals in both the singles and doubles bracket of the Wilson/ ITA Fall Regional Championship set up an Eagle sweep for the second-consecutive year, as sophomore Lorne McManigle claimed the singles title, and later teamed with junior Sabra Rogers to win the doubles bracket.
On the final day of play, McManigle, the top seed, defeated teammate and fourth seed Kirsten Hillock 7-6 (8), 6-1, to advance to the final match. Meanwhile, on the other side of the bracket, Emory freshman and fifth seed Zahra Dawson advanced to the final match with a 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-0 over second seeded Kathyrn Carroll from Birmingham Southern College (Ala.).
In the final match, McManigle claimed a come-from-behind three-set victory over Dawson, winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
In doubles play, McManigle and Rogers claimed an 8-5 victory over the pairing of Sara Vrabec and Lindsay Reidenbach to win the championship. The match pitted Rogers and Vrabec against each other, just one year after the two teamed together to win the 2007 ITA Fall Regional Doubles Championship.
McManigle becomes the second-straight Eagle to win both the singles and doubles championship, as Rogers completed the feat last season.
McManigle and Rogers will both advance to the October 16th - 19th ITA National Small College Championships at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, AL, where they will face the champions of the other regional tournaments.
EMORY WOMEN'S TENNIS EXCELS ON DAY ONE OF THE ITA FALL REGIONALS
(Oct. 4) After one day and two rounds of play at the Wilson/ ITA Women's Tennis Fall Regionals in Sewanee, TN, eight Emory University singles players and four doubles teams remained alive in the bracket.
Highlighting the first day of singles play for the Eagles was freshman Lauren Callava, who played bracket-buster in the second round, defeating the seventh seed in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. Top-seeded Eagle, sophomore Lorne McManigle, cruised to a pair of victories during the first day, winning both in straight sets.
Other Eagles who survived the first day in singles play included fourth-seeded Kirsten Hillock, fifth-seeded Zahra Dawson, sixth-seeded Linday Reidenbach, and 2007 Fall ITA singles champion Sabra Rogers, along with sophomore Sara Vrabec and freshman Daniela Schechter. Emory's eight remaining singles players comprise half of the remaining field, as play will continue with the round of 16 and the quarterfinals on Saturday.
Emory's pairings experienced similar success, as the Eagles have half of the field remaining in the doubles bracket as well. The second-seeded pair of Hillock and Jenny Moscato advanced with 8-0 and 8-2 victories in the first two rounds. Also advancing were Emory's unseeded pairings of Schechter and Dawson, Vrabec and Reidenbach, and Rogers and McManigle. Doubles play will continue on Saturday with the semifinal matches.
EMORY WOMEN'S TENNIS TO OPEN FALL SEASON AT ITA
REGIONALS THIS WEEKEND
(Oct. 1) The Emory University Women's Tennis Team will kick off its 2008-09 season this weekend, as the Eagles will travel to the University of the South in Sewanee, TN for the Wilson/ Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Fall Regional Tournament, from October 3rd - 5th.
The tournament will consist of a 64-player singles draw, and a 32-team doubles draw. Emory will feature 10 players in the singles competition, and six doubles teams.
Emory sophomore Lorne McManigle will enter the tournament as the top-seeded singles player, and will face Sara Swauger of Centre College (Ky.) in the first round. Junior Kirsten Hillock will be ranked fourth, and face Angee Stevens of Birmingham Southern College (Ala.) in her first round matchup. Freshman Zahra Dawson will be the fifth-seeded singles player, taking on Carolina Sanchez-Hervas of Rhodes College (Tenn.) in her first match, while sixth-seeded Lindsay Reidenbach, a sophomore transfer, will be matched up against Allison Zakaras of Millsaps College (Miss.) in the first round. Other unseeded Emory players in the singles draw include senior Jenny Moscato, juniors Sara Vrabec and Sabra Rogers, and freshmen Laura Callava, Shikha Jerath, and Daniela Schechter.
The Eagles will feature one seeded team in the doubles draw, as the pairing of Hillock and Moscato will enter the draw ranked second. Other pairings in the doubles draw include Schechter and Dawson, Jerath and Emilt Wein, Vrabec and Reidenbach, Rogers and McManigle, and Callava and Tiffany Baerwaldt.
Last season, Emory swept the ITA Regionals, as Sabra Rogers won the singles bracket, and later teamed with Sarah Vrabec to win the doubles competition. In addition, the Eagles had each of the final two singles players, and each of the final four doubles teams during last season's competition.
The singles and doubles champions from this weekend's tournament advance to the October 16th - 19th ITA National Small College Championships at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, AL. Check www.go.emory.edu for updates on Emory's competitors throughout the weekend.
FORMER EMORY WOMEN'S TENNIS ASSISTANT COACH FEATURED ON
CBS SHOW ‘SURVIVOR'
(Sep. 26) Marc Lehman, a former Emory Women's Tennis Assistant Coach and medical school student, is one of 18 contestants on the latest season of CBS' popular television show ‘Survivor,' which debuted on Thursday, September 25th.
Lehman served as the assistant coach of the women's team during the 2004 and 2005 seasons, helping the squad to two NCAA Division III Championships and 12 individual all-America honors during the two seasons.
Lehman also experienced personal success on the tennis courts, playing in the highest ranking senior men's league in the Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association (ALTA) while attending medical school at Emory. Prior to his time with the Eagles, he pursued a master's degree from the University of Florida, and graduated with magna cum laude honors from Harvard University (Mass.). While at Harvard, Lehman was part of both the club tennis team, and the varsity crew team.
The 17th-season of the hit show, shot in Gabon, will air each Thursday at 8:00 PM on CBS. Each castaway tries to "Outwit, Outplay, and Outlast" the others, in order to avoid getting voted out of the society, and become the final ‘Survivor' left standing.
Marc, who will turn 29 on October 3rd, currently works as a doctor in Jacksonville, Fla.