#3 Emory Womens Tennis Falls to Division II #10 Clayton State in Spring Opener
The Emory University women's tennis team, the third-ranked NCAA
Division III team in the country, dropped a 7-2 road decision to
Clayton State University, ranked 10th in Division II, in
their spring season opening match on Sunday.
Emory received its two points during the singles matches. Sophomore and two-time all-American Zahra Dawson won her second-singles match in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, over counterpart Jessica Budd. In the sixth singles match, Emory senior Sara Vrabec earned a hard-fought 2-6, 7-6 (4), 10-8 victory over Charlotte Fabricius.
Including fall competition, Dawson improved to 5-1 on the season in singles matches, while Vrabec brought her record to 2-1.
However, the Eagles were unable to overcome a 3-0 hole after doubles play. First doubles pair Lorne McManigle and Dawson fell 8-5, second doubles team Sabra Rogers and Jordan Wylie dropped an 8-4 decision, and the Eagles' third doubles team of Lindsay Reidenbach and Vrabec lost 8-6.
In singles play, McManigle fell 6-1, 6-1 to Katie White, ranked 17th in Division II, in the first singles match. Also dropping singles matches were Wylie in the third singles match (6-2, 7-5), Reidenbach in the fourth singles match (7-6 (7), 6-2), and Tshema Nash in the fifth singles match (6-1, 6-3).
The Eagles fell to 0-1 with the loss, while Clayton State improved to 1-0. Emory will be back in action on Wednesday, February 17th, as the Eagles will travel to Division III regional rival the University of the South for a 2:00 PM match.