The Emory University Women's Tennis Team beat Claremont-Mudd-Scripts College at the conclusion of the ITA Indoor Championship season this past weekend. The best 8 of the women's division III programs met in Nashville, Tennessee to compete for the crown and there was no surprise on seeding with Claremont-Mudd-Scripts holding the top spot and Emory a close second behind.
Both teams cruised to the finals with dominating team victories and the 1-vs-2 matchup was set in what was a repeat of the NCAA Final from 2018.The defending indoor champion Emory Eagles took an early lead on the one-seed Athenas with a win on court three during doubles play. Going into the singles Emory led 2-1, but that was soon equalized following a dominating performance on court 5 by CMS player Caroline Cox who won 6-3, 6-1. Emory quickly took back and extended the lead with wins on courts two and six. Eagles sophomore Defne Olcay swept Nicole Tan with identical 6-4 set wins. On six, Jessica Fatemi and Sarah Bahsoun went the distance in the first set with Fatemi outlasting Bahsoun to win 7-6. Fatemi got on a roll in the second set, though, and won 6-3 to bring Emory within match-point of claiming its third-straight indoor crown.
The top-seeded CMS refused to go away without a fight, and Rebecca Berger worked a three-set win on three to keep the Athenas’ championship dreams alive. Berger traded 6-1 wins with Emory frosh Lauren Yoon before grinding out a 7-6 third-set win to make the score 4-3 with two courts active. The winning point would come from a freshman on court four, though, as Emma Cartledge swept past another freshman in Sydney Lee 7-6, 6-4 to clinch Emory’s third-consecutive indoor title. (Include second photo here of the team all celebrating on the court). “We lost to CMS in the NCAA Championship last year, so it feels good to get this win today,” Coach Amy Bryant of Emory University said. We know we have a long season ahead of us, and I think this provides a lot of motivation for us to just keep working."
The victory moved the Eagles to 7-0 on the season, and dropped the defending NCAA champion Athenas to 7-1. As the Eagles return to Atlanta with another trophy in-hand, the ITA National Team Indoor Championships come to a close. The women of Georgia and men of Ohio State earned the DI titles, while the Maroons of Chicago and Emory Eagles took the men’s and women’s DIII titles, respectively.
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