Satterfield & Siegler Advance at USTA/ITA Nationals
Emory University freshman Michelle Satterfield advanced to the semifinals of the singles draw of the USTA/ITA Small College Nationals on Thursday afternoon in Fort Meyers, Florida, and later teamed with junior Rebecca Siegler to reach the semifinals of the doubles draw.
Satterfield, the fourth-seeded player in the singles draw, defeated unseeded Cristina Nunez of Ithaca in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, to advance to the semifinal round. The freshman will face top-seeded Megan Tang of Chicago in the semifinal match on Friday at 8:00 AM, after Tang defeated unseeded Megan Humphreys of UW-Whitewater, 6-1, 6-0.
Also in singles action, facing third-seeded Sofia Vega of Texas Lutheran University, unseeded freshman and at-large entry Melissa Goodman suffered a 7-6 (3), 6-2 defeat in the quarterfinals. Goodman will move to the consolation bracket, where she will face Andrea Madrigal of La Verne, also at 8:00 AM on Friday.
The second singles semifinal match on Saturday will pit Vega against second-seeded Sonja Meighan of Washington and Lee, with the winner facing the victor of the Satterfield-Tang match for the D-III singles championship on Saturday at 11:30 AM.
In doubles action, Satterfield and Siegler, the fourth-seeded duo, came from behind to defeat the University of Texas – Dallas' Casey Johnson and Auvi Tran in three sets, 5-7, 6-4, 10-2 in the quarterfinals. Emory's pairing will take on the top-seeded duo of Sonja Meighan and Patricia Kirkland of Washington and Lee University in the semifinals on Friday at 12:30 PM.
The other two seeded duos in the doubles draw also advanced, as second-seeded Kara Shoemaker and Rebecca Curran of Williams College and third-seeded Sammy Chao and Lea Lynn Yen of Pomona-Pitzer Colleges will face off in the other semifinal match on Friday. The winning teams from the semifinals will compete for the Division III title on Friday at 4:30 PM.
In addition to play continuing tomorrow at the USTA/ITA Small College Nationals, the rest of the Emory squad take part in the Southern Shootout in Piedmont Park from Friday through Sunday. Results from all of the action this weekend will be posted daily to EmoryAthletics.com.