LEXINGTON, Va. – The third-ranked Washington and Lee women's tennis team kicked off the Fab Five Invitational with a 7-2 loss to No. 1 Williams on Wednesday at the Outdoor Tennis Courts.
With the loss, W&L fell to 13-3, while Williams continued its perfect season, posting a 7-0 overall record.
The duo of senior Lauren Lukas (Manitowoc, Wis./Lincoln) and first-year Meghan Buell (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) were the lone winners in doubles play, beating out Rebecca Curran and Nancy Worley 8-2 at No. 3 doubles. First-year pairing Sonja Meighan (McLean, Va./Flint Hill) and Patricia Kirkland (Charleston, S.C./Ashley Hall) narrowly missed a victory at No. 2 doubles, losing by a score of 8-6 to Kristin Alotta and Kathleen Elkins.
In singles action, Kirkland was the only W&L athlete to claim a win, defeating Caroline Capute in three rounds (2-6, 7-5, 10-4) at the No. 6 position. After losing her first set 6-2, Lukas tried to make a comeback at No. 2 singles with a 6-4 win in the second set, but was downed 6-3 in the third to Kara Shoemaker.
The Generals return to action on Thursday when they take on No. 7 Tufts at 5:00 pm on day two of the Fab Five Invitational.
Washington and Lee
Williams College vs Washington and Lee Women (Mar 21,
Williams College 7, #3 Washington and Lee Women 2
Mar 21, 2012 at Lexington, Va. (Outdoor Tennis Courts)
|1. Kristin Alotta (WLM) def. Sonja Meighan (WLUW) 3-6, 6-4, 4-1, retired|
|2. Kara Shoemaker (WLM) def. Lauren Lukas (WLUW) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3|
|3. Nancy Worley (WLM) def. Lindsey Burke (WLUW) 6-0, 6-0|
|4. Rebecca Curran (WLM) def. Jen Snyder (WLUW) 6-1, 6-4|
|5. Kathleen Elkins (WLM) def. Trelsie Sadler (WLUW) 6-1, 6-1|
|6. Patricia Kirkland (WLUW) def. Caroline Capute (WLM) 2-6, 7-5, 10-4|
|1. Kara Shoemaker/Taylor French (WLM) def. Jen Snyder/Trelsie Sadler (WLUW) 8-2|
|2. Kristin Alotta/Kathleen Elkins (WLM) def. Sonja Meighan/Patricia Kirkland (WLUW) 8-6|
|3. Meghan Buell/Lauren Lukas (WLUW) def. Rebecca Curran/Nancy Worley (WLM) 8-2|
|Williams College 7-0; National ranking #1|
|Washington and Lee Women 13-3; National ranking #3|
|Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,5,2,1,6)|