ATLANTA, Ga. – The 16th-ranked Washington and Lee women's tennis team fell to No. 15 Sewanee, 5-4, on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, hosted by Emory University.
The Generals fell behind early, dropping all three doubles matches to the Tigers. Down 3-0 entering singles, W&L won at the No. 1, 2, 5 and 6 positions with the attempt for a comeback. However, Sewanee's early advantage required just two more wins, secured by Lindsey Liles at No. 3 singles and Annie Veron at No. 4 to claim the 5-4 victory.
The four Generals who registered wins on the day were sophomore Sonja Meighan (McLean, Va./Flint Hill) at No. 1 singles (6-3, 6-1), sophomore Meghan Buell (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) at No 2 (2-6, 6-2, 6-2), junior Chelsea Mixson (Beaufort, S.C./Hilton Head Prep) at No. 5 (6-2, 6-4) and senior Christina Douglas (Fayetteville, N.Y./Manlius Pebble Hill) at No. 6 (6-3, 6-4).
With the loss, W&L finishes the year with a 19-8 overall record, while the Tigers improve to 19-5 on the year. Sewanee advances to the third of the NCAA Tournament, where it will face the winner of the Emory/Trinity (Texas) match on Sunday afternoon.
Several individuals will continue to play at the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship held at Kalamazoo College on May 23-25. Meighan and Buell will compete in singles, while sophomore Patricia Kirkland (Charleston, S.C./Ashley Hall) and Meighan will participate in doubles competition.
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Washington and Lee University vs University of the South (May 11, 2013)
#15 University of the South 5, #16 Washington and Lee University 4
May 11, 2013 at Atlanta, GA
|1. Sonja Meighan (W&L) def. Goodhue, Bronte (SEW) 6-3, 6-1|
|2. Meghan Buell (W&L) def. Liles, Jenny (SEW) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2|
|3. Liles, Lindsey (SEW) def. Patricia Kirkland (W&L) 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)|
|4. Veron, Annie (SEW) def. Claire Cahill (W&L) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2|
|5. Chelsea Mixson (W&L) def. Wood, Julia (SEW) 6-2, 6-4|
|6. Christina Douglas (W&L) def. Tepper, Mary Taylor (SEW) 6-3, 6-4|
|1. Liles, Jenny/Liles, Lindsey (SEW) def. Sonja Meighan/Patricia Kirkland (W&L) 8-5|
|2. Goodhue, Bronte/Garland, Anne (SEW) def. Meghan Buell/Chelsea Mixson (W&L) 8-5|
|3. Veron, Annie/Wood, Julia (SEW) def. Sallie Griffin/Claire Cahill (W&L) 8-4|
|Washington and Lee University 19-8; National ranking #16|
|University of the South 19-5; National ranking #15|
|Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,1,2,6,4,3)|
|NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships - Second Round|
|Sewanee advances to third round of the Tournament on Sunday|