The second-ranked Emory University Women's Tennis team started off its spring 2014 campaign on a strong note on Thursday afternoon, defeating Shorter University 8-1 in Rome, GA.
Emory swept through the doubles matches against its NAIA foe, getting an 8-2 win from senior Gabrielle Clark and freshman Melissa Goodman at first doubles, an 8-5 win from junior Rebecca Siegler and sophomore Madison Gordon at second doubles, and an 8-0 victory from senior Brenna Kelly and freshman Michelle Satterfield at third doubles.
The Eagles' dominance would carry over to singles action, as Emory won five of the six matches in straight sets. At second singles, Siegler claimed a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Sophomore Beatrice Rosen and Satterfield each failed to drop a game, winning 6-0, 6-0 at third and fourth singles, while Goodman claimed a 6-0, 6-1 win at fifth singles, and Gordon a 6-0, 6-0 victory at sixth singles.
Emory's lone setback was a 7-5, 6-2 loss for Clark at first singles.
Also on Thursday, the Eagles led Berry College 3-0 before the match was called due to rain. Emory received an 8-2 first doubles win from sophomore Stephanie Loutsenko and junior Danielle Truitt, while freshmen Katarina Su and Michelle DeMeo and sophomore Marissa Levine and junior Catharine Harris won the second and third doubles matches, respectively, by an 8-0 score. Emory's competitors led by a set in four of the six singles matches as well, when play was halted.
Emory will be back in action on Saturday in Sewanee, TN, when the Eagles face the University of the South at 12:00 PM and Case Western Reserve University at 4:00 PM.