SEWANEE, Tenn. (May 13, 2017) – Despite a great effort, the No. 17 ranked Sewanee women's tennis team's season came to an end Saturday as the Tigers fell to regional rival No. 13 ranked Washington & Lee, 5-3, during second-round action of the NCAA Tournament.
Early on, the Tigers and Generals battled in close matches at all three doubles positions. At No. 1, Brooke Donnelly and Tessa Hill jumped in front of Clementina Davila and Darby Duval by multiple games. W&L also did the same at No. 3 as Mary Hampton and Anna Kreynin raced out to an early lead over Sara Thompson and Bea Benavides. However, just when it looked like W&L would run away with both matches, Sewanee answered back. Both Tiger teams rallied to tie by the 12th game.
Down the stretch, W&L finally closed out the match at No. 1 when Donnelly and Hill survived for an 8-6 win. After the Generals won another close match at No. 2 when Michelle Fleenor and Lauren Hassell defeated Christina Merchant and Ellie Czura 8-6, Sewanee broke W&L at 7-6 on court three.
That setup Sewanee's first point as Thompson and Benavides closed out doubles with an 8-6 win.
With the score in favor of W&L 2-1 heading into singles, the Generals extended their lead after No. 8 ranked Donnelly and Fleenor both won at No. 1 and No. 3.
After both those victories, Sewanee was down 4-3 with the remaining matches at No. 2 and No. 6 in their third sets.
At No. 2, Czura rallied to win the second set at 7-5 after falling in the first set 6-4. In the final frame, Hill had her first match point for W&L at 40-0 with the score 5-4. However, the Tiger freshman fought match to win the next six points. Unfortunately, Hill broke Czura in the next game and then served out the game, set, and match at 7-5.
With the contest decided, Duval and Emily Kochard's close match at No. 6 went unfinished. The score was 4-6, 6-4, 2-3 when Hill scored her final point.