W&L Women's Tennis Flies Past Methodist, 5-0, in NCAA Tournament

W&L Women's Tennis Flies Past Methodist, 5-0, in NCAA Tournament

ATLANTA, Ga. – The 16th-ranked Washington and Lee women's tennis team flew past Methodist, 5-0, in first round action of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Friday, hosted by Emory University. 

The Generals dropped just two points in sweeping all three doubles matches to enter singles with a 3-0 advantage. W&L then won at No. 1 and 5 singles to claim the 5-0 victory.

Sophomore Sonja Meighan (McLean, Va./Flint Hill) and junior Chelsea Mixson (Beafort, S.C./Hilton Head Prep) each registered two wins on the day. Meighan won at No. 1 doubles, 8-1, with classmate Patricia Kirkland (Charleston, S.C./Ashley Hall), and went on to take down Katherine Meindl, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. Mixson's 6-0, 6-0 win over Hillary Petruska at No. 5 singles was the match-winner for the Generals, and she also teamed up with sophomore Meghan Buell (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) for the No. 2 doubles win (8-1). 

With the win, W&L improved to 19-7 on the year, while the Monarchs fell to 20-3 overall.

The Generals advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and will face Sewanee on Saturday at 8:30 am.


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Washington and Lee Tennis
Methodist University vs Washington and Lee University (May 10, 2013)

#16 Washington and Lee University 5, Methodist University 0
May 10, 2013 at Atlanta, GA (Woodruff PE Center)

Singles competition
1. Sonja Meighan (W&L) def. Katherine Meindl (MUW) 6-0, 6-0
2. Meghan Buell (W&L) vs. Laura Baker (MUW) 6-2, unfinished
3. Patricia Kirkland (W&L) vs. Isabella Graf (MUW) 6-0, 2-1, unfinished
4. Claire Cahill (W&L) vs. Kelli Shelton (MUW) 5-4, unfinished
5. Chelsea Mixson (W&L) def. Hillary Petruska (MUW) 6-0, 6-1
6. Christina Douglas (W&L) vs. Emily Talley (MUW) 6-0, 4-0, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Sonja Meighan/Patricia Kirkland (W&L) def. Katherine Meindl/Laura Baker (MUW) 8-1
2. Meghan Buell/Chelsea Mixson (W&L) def. Hillary Petruska/Isabella Graf (MUW) 8-1
3. Sallie Griffin/Claire Cahill (W&L) def. Rachel Purser/Emily Talley (MUW) 8-0
Match Notes
Methodist University 20-3; Regional ranking #9
Washington and Lee University 19-7; National ranking #16; Regional ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,5)
NCAA D-III Women's First-Round Match