Clark & Taylor Advance at ITA Small College Nationals

The Emory University women's tennis team advanced in both draws at the 2012 ITA Small College Nationals in Mobile, Alabama, as junior Gabrielle Clark won her first-round singles match, and later teamed with freshman Emma Taylor to earn a victory in the doubles draw as well.

Clark, the top-seeded player in the singles draw, defeated Megan Tang of the University of Chicago in straight sets 6-1, 6-0, improving to 8-1 in singles action overall during the fall.  Clark will face fourth-seeded Meghan Buell of Washington and Lee University on Friday at 8:30 AM CT in the semifinal round.

Both of the seeded players advanced on the other side of the draw as well, setting up a semifinal between second-seeded Lok-Sze Leung of Middlebury and third-seeded Brittini Fausett of Mary-Hardin Baylor on Friday.  The winners of the two semifinal matches will face each other for the Division III Championship on Saturday at 8:30 AM CT.

Also seeded first in the doubles draw, Clark and Taylor cruised to a straight-set victory over their first-round opponents, Meg Crowley and Claire Marshall of DePauw University, 6-3, 6-4.  The Eagles advanced to the semifinals, to be played on Friday at 1:00 PM CT.

Emory will continue play from the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center on Friday, in addition to opening play at the Duckworth Fall Classic in Clemson, SC.  Results and a recap from both events will be posted to EmoryAthletics.com following the completion of competition.