From Emory University Athletics
Top-ranked and top-seeded Emory University advanced to its 29th University Athletic Association title match in as many years on Saturday afternoon, defeating nationally 16th-ranked and fourth seeded University of Chicago, 8-1, at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida in UAA Semifinals.
The Eagles (22-4) will be looking to capture the fourth consecutive UAA title and 27th overall in program history on Sunday when they face Washington University in the championship match. The Bears (15-7), ranked 12th nationally and the third seed in the draw, knocked off second-seeded and ninth-ranked Carnegie Mellon, 6-3, in the other UAA semifinals on Saturday afternoon. Earlier this season, Emory topped WashU, 6-3, in a neutral court match held at Sewanee University. In the all-time series with the Bears, the Eagles hold a perfect 20-0 advantage.
Emory began the match by taking two of the three doubles points. Junior Michelle Satterfield and Paula Castro earned the no.2 doubles for Emory, winning by an 8-1 margin. The Maroons had to forfeit the no.3 doubles match, giving freshman Taylor Cosme and senior Madison Gordon the win. On court no.1, sophomore Anna Fuhr and freshman Daniela Lopez were edged out by a score of 8-3.
In singles play, the Eagles closed out the match winning all six singles in straight sets. Sophomore Bridget Harding won on the no.1 line 6-1, 6-1 followed by a win by Satterfield at second singles 6-2, 7-6 (3). Cosme, senior Beatrice Rosen and Gordon all lost just one game in their victories as Cosme took the third singles match 6-0, 6-1 and Rosen and Gordon each posting 6-1, 6-0 triumphs in the no.4 and no.5 singles matches. Castro rounded out singles action for the Eagles with a 6-0, 6-3 decision for the no.6 singles point.
Results and a recap of tomorrow's championship match will be posted to emoryathletics.com at the completion of play. Fans can track the action by using the @Emoryathletics and @UAAtennis twitter handles.
Senior Beatrice Rosen moved into a tie with Megan Bern '97 for fifth place all-time with 79 career singles victories…senior Madison Gordon ran her singles match winning streak to 17 straight and with the win on Saturday moved into a tie for seventh all-time with Shannon McGlame '93 with 78 career singles victories.