No. 12 Tigers Outlast No. 13 Bears in Thrilling NCAA Second Round Match

No. 12 Tigers Outlast No. 13 Bears in Thrilling NCAA Second Round Match

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SEWANEE, Tenn. - Of the 49 teams selected to the 2018 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships, the matchup between No. 12 Sewanee and No. 13 Washington-St. Louis was just the second match of the 16 second round matches to go 5-4. The Sewanee women's tennis team edged the WashU Bears, 5-4, Saturday afternoon from the Bruton-Guerry Tennis Center in a four hour, 21 minute affair.

Final Score: No. 12 Sewanee (22-4) 5, No. 13 Washington-St. Louis (13-8) 4
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-No. 14 Clementina Davila/Catherine Owen defeated No. 6 Grace Deering/Ally Persky, 8-4, to open the doubles scoring.

-Following the Tigers' point to start the match, the Bears rallied to take the next two doubles, with the No. 2 flight going to a tiebreak. Lisa Chionis/Sanja Tripathy won the tiebreak, 9-8 (7-4) over Christina Merchant and Ellie Czura.

-In singles, Sewanee rallied to win the No. 3, 4 and 5 flights to take the 4-2 lead, including a three-set battle at the No. 5 flight. Haley Tucker, after winning the first set, 6-2, could not clinch the point in the second set with a 7-5 defeat to Sanja Tripathy. However, the junior rallied in a big way by blanking her opponent, 6-0 in the deciding set.

-Sara Thompson at the No. 6 flight could not clinch the match, despite having a 4-0 lead in the second set. Lisa Chionis rallied for eight straight points to decide the second set and lead 2-0 in the third. WashU would win the point, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, to make it 4-3 in favor of the home team.

-No. 17 Ashley Lessen evened the score at four sets apiece, but it did not come easy against Christina Merchant. Lessen took the opening set, 6-4, but Merchant rallied to force a third set with a 6-4 score of her own. The visitor rallied in the deciding set with a 6-2 win.

-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, the Mexico City, Mexico native clinched the final two games to secure the match.

Hear from senior Clementina Davila on Satuday's second round win. 

1. #38 Clementina Davila (SEWANEE) def. #18 Grace Deering (WASHUW) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. #17 Ashley Lessen (WASHUW) def. Christina Merchant (SEWANEE) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
3. Ellie Czura (SEWANEE) def. Ally Persky (WASHUW) 6-4, 6-3
4. #32 Catherine Owen (SEWANEE) def. Brigitte Hodge (WASHUW) 6-4, 6-2
5. Haley Tucker (SEWANEE) def. Sanjna Tripathy (WASHUW) 6-2, 5-7, 6-0
6. Lisa Chionis (WASHUW) def. Sara Thompson (SEWANEE) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

1. #14 Clementina Davila/Catherine Owen (SEWANEE) def. #6 Grace Deering/Ally Persky (WASHUW) 8-4
2. Lisa Chionis/Sanjna Tripathy (WASHUW) def. Christina Merchant/Ellie Czura (SEWANEE) 9-8 (7-4)
3. Ashley Lessen/Brigitte Hodge (WASHUW) def. Sara Thompson/Haley Tucker (SEWANEE) 8-3

Advancing to the third round, the Tigers will battle with top-seeded Emory for the second time this season. The match will commence at 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon for a spot in the quarterfinals in Claremont, Calif.

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