SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee women's tennis team completed their sixth straight Southern Athletic Association Regular Season and Tournament Championship in 2018, as the team made their 25th appearance at the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships.
Year number 45 of Sewanee women's tennis saw the program finish with a 22-5 overall record. Finishing with a 6-0 record in conference play, the Tigers are 56-0 against the league, as the team has won 38 straight regular season contests and 18 postseason matches.
The program finished the season not allowing a point in conference play, finishing 28-0 in singles and 18-0 in doubles.
Sewanee finished the season ranked 12th in the Oracle/ITA National Rankings.
Before the Tigers stepped on the courts for the spring season, the team competed in the ITA Regional Championships on campus on Sept. 22-24.
The lone newcomer to the Tigers roster, Catherine Owen, earned a trip to the semifinals of the main draw in her first collegiate competition, winning matches against 2018 SAA Player of the Year Carlee Petro (6-3, 3-6, 6-1) of Birmingham-Southern and taking down Trisha Sunduram (5-7, 6-3, 6-3) and Stephanie Taylor (3-6, 6-3, 6-1) of Emory, en route to a semifinalist finish in the draw.
In doubles with partner Clementina Davila, the duo reached the finals of the main doubles draw, securing wins over Emory's Anna Fhur/Sunduram (9-8) in the quarterfinals and Daniel Lopez/Dene Olcay (8-2) in the semifinals) before dropping the finals match.
Named the Co-Newcomer of the Year, Owen finished her first collegiate season with a 14-5 singles mark and a 20-7 doubles record.
Clementina Davila wrapped up her stellar career in Purple and Gold with a 15-4 singles and 19-7 doubles record, good for a selection as the ITA Atlantic South's Most Improved Senior. The Mexico City, Mexico native finished ranked 20th nationally in singles and 16th in doubles with Owen.
Named an ITA All-American she competed in her second NCAA Women's Tennis Individual Championships in singles play.
In her four-year career, the three-time All-SAA First Team member posted a 49-28 mark in singles and 70-35 in doubles.
Memorable Match | Sewanee vs. Washington & Lee, NCAA Second Round, May 12
In a second round matchup at the NCAA Championships, the Sewanee women's team took on Washington-St. Louis.
The home team rallied to clinch the No. 3, 4 and 5 flights to retake the lead, 4-2, but the visitors evened the scoring with wins at No. 2 and 6.
With the score even at four, the deciding point came down to the No. 1 flight: Clementina Davila and Grace Deering. Davila struggled early, dropping the opening set, 6-4.
Down 2-1 in the second set, the senior rallied to force a third set with a 6-3 second set victory.
The student-athletes went back-and-forth, with no player having more than a two-game advantage. With a 4-4 tie going into the next game, Davila clinched the final two games to secure the match, 6-4, as the team won the contest, 5-4.
It was the second win over the Bears in 2018, with the other dub coming at the ITA National Indoor Championships on March 3 in a consolation match. Sewanee downed WashU, 6-3, en route to a fifth place at the Championships.
Catherine Owen - Co-Newcomer of the Year, Second Team
Clementina Davila - First Team
Christina Merchant - First Team
Ellie Czura - Second Team
Haley Tucker - Honorable Mention
Sara Thompson - Honorable Mention
SAA Sportsmanship Team
Intercollegiate Tennis Association
Atlantic South's Most Improved Senior