Second-Ranked Emory Upends Fourth-Ranked Amherst, 8-1
Emory University senior Gabrielle Clark claimed her 100th career doubles victory on Saturday morning, leading the second-ranked Eagles to an 8-1 win over fourth-ranked Amherst College in Brunswick, Maine.
The Eagles have now won five-straight matches, the last four of which have come against teams ranked 11th or higher in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) NCAA Division III National poll. Emory improved to 17-2 overall for the season, while Amherst dropped to 9-3.
Clark teamed with freshman Michelle Satterfield to earn an 8-2 win over Amherst's Gabby Devlin and Jordan Brewer, the two-time NCAA Division III Doubles Champions and the top-ranked pairing in the Northeast Region, in the first doubles match. Clark becomes just the third player in the program's history to reach the century mark in doubles victory, joining former Eagles Mary Ellen Gordon (2000-04) and Zahra Dawson (2008-12). She is now just five doubles wins shy of Dawson's school record.
Emory claimed victories in the other two doubles matches as well to jump out to a 3-0 lead in the contest. At second doubles, sophomore Beatrice Rosen and freshman Katarina Su defeated Zoe Pangalos and Jen Newman, ranked 11th in the Northeast Region, by an 8-6 score. Senior Brenna Kelly and Melissa Goodman also won by an 8-6 tally, defeating Safi Aly and Sarah Monteagudo in the third doubles contest.
In a battle of the top-ranked singles players from the Atlantic South and Northeast Regions, Clark defeated Brewer in straight sets in the first singles match, 6-1, 6-3. At second singles, Rosen, ranked 14th in the Atlantic South, claimed a 6-1, 6-4 win over the Northeast's third-ranked player in Devlin. Satterfield, ranked 17th, added a 6-4, 7-6 (3) win over 20th-ranked Newman at third singles, while sophomore Madison Gordon defeated Pangalos 6-3, 6-4 at fifth singles, and Su earned a 6-1, 6-3 victory at sixth singles over Monteagudo.
The Eagles' lone setback of the match came at fourth singles, where 21st-ranked Goodman fell to 17th-ranked Sue Ghosh, 6-1, 6-1.
Su has now won 18-consecutive singles matches, improving to 12-0 during the spring season and to 20-1 overall for the campaign. She is the second Eagle this season, along with Satterfield (22-6), to reach the 20-win mark in singles action.
The Eagles will wrap up their weekend trip on Sunday, facing host Bowdoin College at 9:30 AM in Brunswick, Maine.