May 8, 2009

W&L Claims Several Individual NCAA Women's Tennis Qualifiers

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has released the names of those who have been selected to participate in the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Singles and Doubles Championships held on May 22-24 at the Collins Hill Athletic Club in Lawrenceville, Ga.

A total of 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams were selected to compete for the national championship. Among the singles players selected were Washington and Lee senior Katie Tabb (Minneapolis, Minn./Edina) and first-year Ellen Yeatman (Little Rock, Ark./Little Rock Central). Additionally, Tabb and junior Lauren Caire (Nashville, Tenn./Harpeth Hall) comprise one of the 16 doubles teams that were picked to compete for the title.

A two-time All-American in both singles and doubles and the two-time ODAC Player of the Year, Tabb is the third ranked singles player in the Atlantic South Region. She has notched a 16-6 singles record and an 18-7 doubles mark this season. She and Caire form the top-ranked doubles tandem in the region. An All-American in both singles and doubles last season, Caire has posted a 2-1 singles ledger and a 15-7 doubles mark this year. She was a First Team All-ODAC choice at No. 1 doubles this spring.

Yeatman is ranked 12th in the Atlantic South Region in singles after earning First Team All-ODAC and ODAC Rookie of the Year laurels for her work at No. 2 singles and No. 3 doubles this season. For the year, she has logged a 13-5 singles mark and a 12-4 doubles record.

The Generals have had tremendous success in the NCAA Division III Singles and Doubles Championships, claiming the doubles championship in 1995 (Marilyn Baker/Natalia Garcia) and the singles title in 2005 (Lindsay Hagerman) and 2006 (Emily Applegate).

Washington and Lee begins action in the team portion of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at 2:00 pm. The Generals will play the winner of a Friday match between Meredith and Gwynedd-Mercy at the W&L courts. W&L will be looking to advance to its fifth-straight NCAA Division III Championship match, having claimed the 2007 team title.

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