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#4 Emory Defeats #5 Denison 5-2 to Advance to NCAA Semifinals

#4 Emory Defeats #5 Denison 5-2 to Advance to NCAA Semifinals

The fourth-seeded Emory University women’s tennis team advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Tournament with a 5-2 win over fifth-seeded Denison University on Tuesday.

The doubles matches set the tone for a tightly-contested match between the two squads.  Emory was able to strike the first blow, as the Eagles’ second doubles pairing of Tshema Nash and Sabra Rogers earned an 8-6 win over Erin Chadwell and Kara Zdanowski.  However, Denison would answer back with an 8-6 win in the first doubles match, as Kristin Cobb and Marta Drane bested Emory’s Zahra Dawson and Lorne McManigle.

However, the Eagles were able to swing the momentum in their favor with the third doubles match.  After Emory’s pairing of Lindsay Reidenbach and Jordan Wylie trailed Denison’s Jane Lent and Alex Marcell by scores of 3-0 and 4-1, the Eagles’ duo battled back to win an 8-6 decision, giving Emory a 2-1 advantage heading into singles play.

Dawson would avenge her doubles loss later in the match, earning the first singles victory of the day for Emory, winning her no. 1 singles match 7-5, 6-4 over Drane, giving the Eagles a 3-1 lead.  Emory’s third-singles player, Wylie, would pull the Eagles within a point of clinching the match, after she defeated Sarah Short 6-0, 6-4.

Denison would pull back to within two points after the Big Red’s Kristin Cobb defeated the Eagles’ Lorne McManigle 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 in the second singles match.  However, Emory’s sixth-singles player, Sara Vrabec, would shut the door on the Big Red, earning a 6-1, 6-1 win over Kate Westenberger to clinch the team victory for Emory.

Tshema Nash and Lindsay Reidenbach were both up a set in their singles matches when the Eagles won, but their contests were left unfinished.

Emory improved to 21-5 on the season with the win, while Denison ended its campaign with an 18-5 record.  The win was Emory’s second-straight over a seeded opponent, following the team’s win over sixth-seeded Washington and Lee University in the third round of the tournament.

With the win, Emory will advance to the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championships, where the team will face top-seeded Amherst College, last year’s national runner-up.  The Lord Jeffs currently stand at 20-2, following their win over Carnegie Mellon University in the quarterfinals round on Tuesday.

Emory is 8-2 all time against Amherst, including wins in each of the last eight matchups.  The Eagles are 4-1 all time against the Lord Jeffs in NCAA Tournament action, including a 5-0 win in the National Championship match during the 2004 season.

This is Emory’s second-straight trip to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament, and 11th overall.

Wednesday’s semifinal match is slated for a 9:00 AM start at the Battleground Athletic Complex in Frederickburg, VA.