Generals come back for 5-4 win in NCAA Second Round over Sewanee

Taylor Garcia

ATLANTA – The No. 23 Washington and Lee women's tennis team overcame a pair of deficits to defeat No. 30 Sewanee, 5-4, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday morning.

The Generals improve to 17-7 overall with the win, while the Tigers' season ends at 21-7.

The Tigers took two of the three doubles points to claim a 2-1 lead heading into singles play, with the team of first-year Taylor Garcia (Mandeville, La./Mount Carmel Academy) and Georgia Wright (Austin, Texas/Regents School of Austin) earning an 8-7 win over Caroline Adams and Sara Thompson at the No. 2 position.

Garcia then evened the score, 2-2, with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Ellie Czura in No. 2 singles, followed by a 6-2, 6-1 win by junior Anna Kreynin (Mequon, Wis./Homestead) over Lilly Stephens in No. 6 singles to take a 3-2 lead.

The Tigers regained a lead at 4-3 after wins in No. 1 and No. 3 singles from Catherine Owen and Jordan Besh, respectively, but the Generals claimed the final two singles matches to secure the 5-4 win. Junior Lily Horsley (Richmond, Va./St. Catherine's School) defeated Adams, 7-6, 6-4, in No. 4 and senior Mary Hampton McNeal (Beaufort, S.C./South Carolina Connections Academy) dropped Morgan downing, 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 5 position.

The Generals will take on the winner of No. 1 Emory vs. North Carolina Wesleyan on Sunday at 12:00 pm in the NCAA Third Round.


2018-19 W&L Women's Tennis
Sewanee vs Washington and Lee (May 11, 2019)

#23 Washington and Lee 5, #30 Sewanee 4
May 11, 2019 at Atlanta, GA (Woodruff PE Center) 

Singles competition
1. Catherine Owen (SEWANEE) def. Valerie Marshall (WLUW) 6-0, 6-4
2. Taylor Garcia (WLUW) def. Ellie Czura (SEWANEE) 6-0, 6-1
3. Jordan Besh (SEWANEE) def. Georgia Wright (WLUW) 6-4, 7-6
4. Lily Horsley (WLUW) def. Caroline Adams (SEWANEE) 7-6, 6-4
5. Mary Hampton McNeal (WLUW) def. Morgan Downing (SEWANEE) 6-4, 6-4
6. Anna Kreynin (WLUW) def. Lilly Stephens (SEWANEE) 6-2, 6-1


Doubles competition
1. Ellie Czura/Catherine Owen (SEWANEE) def. Valerie Marshall/Lily Horsley (WLUW) 8-5
2. Taylor Garcia/Georgia Wright (WLUW) def. Caroline Adams/Sara Thompson (SEWANEE) 8-7 (8-6)
3. Taylor Sprouse/Jordan Besh (SEWANEE) def. Anna Kreynin/Mary Hampton McNeal (WLUW) 8-5


Match Notes
Sewanee 21-7; National ranking #30
Washington and Lee 17-7; National ranking #23
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,6,1,3,5,4)
NCAA Women's Tennis Championship - Second Round