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No. 2 Emory Edged by Sixth-Ranked Washington & Lee, 5-4

No. 2 Emory Edged by Sixth-Ranked Washington & Lee, 5-4

The Emory women’s tennis team suffered its first loss of the season to a Division III opponent on Saturday, as the second-ranked Eagles were upset 5-4 at the hands of the sixth-ranked Washington and Lee Generals.

The Eagles’ second match of the Fab 5 Tournament in Fredericksburg, VA, pitted the two top-ranked teams in the Atlantic South region against each other. 

The Eagles fell into an early hole by dropping two of the three doubles matches.  Emory got its only doubles victory of the day from its freshman pairing of Jordan Wylie and Amanda Wikman in the third doubles match, with the duo claiming an 8-6 win.

Trailing 2-1 heading into singles play, the Eagles would get straight-set victories from Jordan Wylie in the third singles match (6-1, 6-0), Tshema Nash in the fifth singles match (6-1, 6-2) and Sara Vrabec in the sixth-singles match (6-0, 6-3).  However, losses in the first and second singles matches by Lorne McManigle and Zahra Dawson left the match tied at four apiece.

With one singles match left, Emory’s Lindsay Reidenbach battled the General’s Lauren Lukas into three sets, but ended up falling just short, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2, giving Washington and Lee the team victory.

The loss was the Emory’s first this season to a Division III opponent, including a 7-0 record entering the game against ranked Division III teams.  Emory fell to 14-3 overall on the year with the loss, while Washington and Lee improved to 14-4.

The loss also put an end to the Eagles’ 10-match winning streak.

Emory will try to bounce back tomorrow against another one of the nation’s top-ranked teams, facing third-ranked Williams College at 11:00 AM, in the team’s final match of the Fab 5 Tournament.