W&L Women's Tennis Knocked Off by Emory, 5-2, in NCAA Third Round Action

W&L Women's Tennis Knocked Off by Emory, 5-2, in NCAA Third Round Action

ATLANTA, Ga. – The Washington and Lee women's tennis team was defeated by No. 5 Emory, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon in NCAA Tournament third round action.

The Generals dropped two of three doubles matches, earning their lone victory at No. 3 doubles, as first-years Sonja Meighan (McLean, Va./Flint Hill) and Meghan Buell (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) downed Taylor Brandt and Jordan Wylie of Emory, 8-4.

W&L went on to lose at No. 1 and 4 singles, but bounced back with a win by senior Lauren Lukas (Manitowoc, Wis./Lincoln) at No. 2 singles after her opponent, Wylie, retired in the second set. The deciding matchup for the Eagles came when Zahra Dawson took down first-year Patricia Kirkland (Charleston, S.C./Ashley Hall), 6-3, 4-6, 6-1, at No. 3 singles, allowing Emory to seal the 5-2 win over the Generals.

W&L completes its season with a 20-6 overall record.

With the loss, the Generals will now send Lukas and Meighan to the NCAA Division III Singles Championships to be held on May 24-26 at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C.


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Emory University Tennis
Washington and Lee Women vs Emory University (May 13, 2012)

#5 Emory University 5, #7 Washington and Lee Women 2
May 13, 2012 at Atlanta, GA

Singles competition
1. Clark, Gabrielle (EUW) def. Sonja Meighan (WLUW) 6-2, 6-4
2. Lauren Lukas (WLUW) def. Wylie, Jordan (EUW) 6-3, 5-3, retired
3. Dawson, Zahra (EUW) def. Patricia Kirkland (WLUW) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
4. Padmanabhan, Malavik (EUW) def. Jen Snyder (WLUW) 6-1, 6-2
5. Kelly, Brenna (EUW) vs. Meghan Buell (WLUW) 2-2, unfinished
6. Pinsky, Lauren (EUW) vs. Allison Hupalo (WLUW) 2-0, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Clark, Gabrielle/Dawson, Zahra (EUW) def. Trelsie Sadler/Lauren Lukas (WLUW) 8-5
2. Kelly, Brenna/Padmanabhan, Malavik (EUW) def. Cameron Dorsey/Patricia Kirkland (WLUW) 8-3
3. Meghan Buell/Sonja Meighan (WLUW) def. Brandt, Taylor/Wylie, Jordan (EUW) 8-4
Match Notes
Washington and Lee Women 20-6; National ranking #7
Emory University 17-5; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,4,2,3)
NCAA D-III Women's Tennis Championships - Third Round
Hosted by Emory University
Match moved indoors due to rain