Emory University freshman Michelle Satterfield was named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete for Women's Tennis, after winning the singles draw at the 2013 USTA/ITA Small College Nationals last weekend.
The honor was the second in as many weeks of collegiate competition for the freshman.
Satterfield, who entered the draw as the fourth-seeded player, defeated Cristina Nunez in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. She followed that performance with a 6-1, 6-0 upset victory over top-seeded Megan Tang of Chicago in the semifinals, and went on to win the draw with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over second-seeded Sonja Meighan of Washington and Lee University. In the 'Super Bowl,' Satterfield suffered a three-set loss to Junior College singles winner Nirianta Rosolomalala of Georgia Perimeter College.
Satterfield also teamed with junior Rebecca Siegler to finish third in the doubles draw, as the fourth-seeded duo defeated Casey Johnson and Auvi Tran of the University of Texas – Dallas 5-7, 6-4, 10-2 in the quarterfinals, dropped a 6-4, 6-3 decision to top-seeded Meighan and Patricia Kirkland of Washington and Lee, and won the third-place match 1-6, 6-3, 10-8 over third-seeded Lea Lynn Yen and Sammy Chao of Pomona Pitzer Colleges.
She became the second freshman in Emory history, and the fourth Eagle overall, to win the singles draw at the ITA Small College Nationals. Satterfield has started her Emory career with an 8-2 record in singles matches and a 6-1 record in doubles action.
The Eagles will be back in action from Friday, October 25th through Sunday, October 27th, wrapping up their fall season at the Georgia Southern Fall Invitational in Statesboro, GA.
The following Eagles have been named UAA Athletes of the Week for the 2013 women's tennis season:
September 30th: Michelle Satterfield
October 14th: Michelle Satterfield