Courtesy of Sewanee Athletics
SEWANEE, Tenn. (May 12, 2018) - Of the 49 teams selected to the 2018 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships, the matchup between No. 12 Sewanee and No. 13 Washington-St. Louis was just the second match of the 16 second round matches to go 5-4. The Sewanee women's tennis team edged the WashU Bears, 5-4, Saturday afternoon from the Bruton-Guerry Tennis Center in a four hour, 21 minute affair.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: No. 12 Sewanee (22-4) 5, No. 13 Washington-St. Louis (13-8) 4
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-Following the Tigers' point to start the match, the Bears rallied to take the next two doubles, with the No. 2 flight going to a tiebreak. Lisa Chionis/Sanja Tripathy won the tiebreak, 9-8 (7-4) over Christina Merchant and Ellie Czura.
-In singles, Sewanee rallied to win the No. 3, 4 and 5 flights to take the 4-2 lead, including a three-set battle at the No. 5 flight. Haley Tucker, after winning the first set, 6-2, could not clinch the point in the second set with a 7-5 defeat to Sanja Tripathy. However, the junior rallied in a big way by blanking her opponent, 6-0 in the deciding set.
-Sara Thompson at the No. 6 flight could not clinch the match, despite having a 4-0 lead in the second set. Lisa Chionis rallied for eight straight points to decide the second set and lead 2-0 in the third. WashU would win the point, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, to make it 4-3 in favor of the home team.
-No. 17 Ashley Lessen evened the score at four sets apiece, but it did not come easy against Christina Merchant. Lessen took the opening set, 6-4, but Merchant rallied to force a third set with a 6-4 score of her own. The visitor rallied in the deciding set with a 6-2 win.
-With the score even at four, the deciding point came down to the No. 1 flight: Clementina Davila and Grace Deering. Davila struggled early, dropping the opening set, 6-4.
-Down 2-1 in the second set, the senior rallied to force a third set with a 6-3 second set victory.
-The student-athletes went back-and-forth, with no player having more than a two-game advantage. With a 4-4 tie going into the next game, the Mexico City, Mexico native clinched the final two games to secure the match and.
1. #38 Clementina Davila (SEWANEE) def. #18 Grace Deering (WASHUW) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. #17 Ashley Lessen (WASHUW) def. Christina Merchant (SEWANEE) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
3. Ellie Czura (SEWANEE) def. Ally Persky (WASHUW) 6-4, 6-3
4. #32 Catherine Owen (SEWANEE) def. Brigitte Hodge (WASHUW) 6-4, 6-2
5. Haley Tucker (SEWANEE) def. Sanjna Tripathy (WASHUW) 6-2, 5-7, 6-0
6. Lisa Chionis (WASHUW) def. Sara Thompson (SEWANEE) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
1. #14 Clementina Davila/Catherine Owen (SEWANEE) def. #6 Grace Deering/Ally Persky (WASHUW) 8-4
2. Lisa Chionis/Sanjna Tripathy (WASHUW) def. Christina Merchant/Ellie Czura (SEWANEE) 9-8 (7-4)
3. Ashley Lessen/Brigitte Hodge (WASHUW) def. Sara Thompson/Haley Tucker (SEWANEE) 8-3
Advancing to the third round, the Tigers will battle with top-seeded Emory for the second time this season. The match will commence at 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon for a spot in the quarterfinals in Claremont, Calif.